Amar Singh Chamkila

Amar Singh Chamkila

Amar Singh Chamkila - Influential Punjabi Singer and Musician

Amar Singh Chamkila - Influential Punjabi Singer and Musician

Amar Singh Chamkila (21 July 1960 – 8 March 1988) was an Indian singer and musician known for his vivid language, high pitched vocals, and novel compositions in Punjabi music.

Chamkila's music was heavily influenced by Punjabi village life, and he is regarded as one of the most influential Punjabi artists and live stage performers.

His best-known hits include "Pehle Lalkare Naal", "Baba Tera Nankana", and "Jatt Di Dushmani". Despite not recording it himself, he wrote the popular song "Jatt Di Dushmani", which has been recorded by many Punjabi artists.

Early Life

Amar Singh Chamkila was born into a Dalit Sikh family in the village of Dugri near Ludhiana, Punjab, India. Despite aspirations of becoming an electrician, he found work at a Ludhiana cloth mill.

Career in Music

With a natural aptitude for music, Chamkila learned to play the harmonium and dholki. He approached Surinder Shinda in 1979 and eventually pursued a solo career, partnering with Surinder Sonia for his debut album "Takue Te Takua" in 1980.

Chamkila wrote his own lyrics, often commenting on extramarital affairs, alcohol, and drug use. His appeal grew internationally among Punjabis abroad, and he became one of the most sought-after performers.


Tragically, Chamkila and his second wife Amarjot were assassinated on 8 March 1988 in Mehsampur, Punjab, by unknown assailants. The case remains unsolved.

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