In a candid dialog with The Indian Express, singer, songwriter and composer Tejbir Singh, popularly generally known as Bir Singh, shares how and when he realised his expertise for singing and the turning factors that launched him to the “actuality of life”.
Born in Amritsar, Bir belongs to Nagoke village situated in Khadur Sahib Tehsil of Tarn Taran district in Punjab.
Formative years and household
His father Davinder Singh is an officer within the Punjab electrical energy board, whereas his youthful brother Jodhbir Singh, who he refers to as his spine, manages and runs the home. His grandmother Pyar Kaur lives with them. Bir’s mom Paramjit Kaur handed away in 2008.
After finishing Class 10 and 12 from Sri Guru Harkrishan Senior Secondary Public Faculty, Amritsar, Bir Singh graduated as a mechanical engineer from Amritsar School of Engineering & Know-how (ACET), Manawala. Following this, he enrolled himself for a grasp’s diploma in enterprise administration (MBA) however dropped out halfway to tackle on singing as a profession.
When did you begin singing and when was it adopted as a profession?
It began early in my childhood. I used to be a schoolboy after I began singing. From collaborating at school features to performing at school festivals, singing was my fixed companion. In actual fact, I began writing a lot later, in highschool.
I adopted singing as a career in 2013. I used to sing self-written songs at the moment. It was solely in 2016 that my movie profession kick-started with a track titled ‘Heerey’ from the movie ‘Love Punjab’. It was my first track in a film and was sung by Amrinder Gill.
When did you discover out about your singing expertise?
Even earlier than I may notice the expertise, my maternal uncle Kuldeep Singh Pannu observed it and envisioned that I may very well be a superb singer. I used to be very younger then, barely 5 years previous. And later, after I was at school, my lecturers additionally noticed the potential in me and determined to coach me.
When did you uncover the author in you?
There’s a story behind this. I used to be within the sixth grade after I had a combat with my buddy. Simply to make him notice the place he was unsuitable, I wrote him a letter. Surprisingly, it labored. My buddy learn it and obtained emotional. It was he who advised that I ought to strive writing songs. And, therefore, I obtained my inspiration from this episode and began my journey as a author.
What offers depth to your writings/ singing?
The place of your delivery, the folks in your environment, and your parental conditioning decide the depth in you and your artwork. Fortunately, I used to be born in a superb household and to folks who have been positively related to faith and literature — who at all times preached the precise issues to me.
Snippets out of your life…
My mom used to take loads of curiosity in my songs. Regardless that I felt relatively shy whereas singing in entrance of her, my mom would at all times encourage me saying, “If you happen to can sing so effectively in entrance of me, you’ll sing effectively anyplace.”
Throughout my teenage, I used to be apprehensive about my stunted top. Realizing it was bothering me a lot, my mom requested me to call one one that was recognized for his top. After I couldn’t reply her, she instructed me it was not the peak or the bodily look that mattered, however the work and the affect it created on others that did. I keep in mind how fantastically she taught me so many issues about life.
The turning factors in life…
There have been many turning factors. The loss of life of my mom and a youthful cousin have been the main turning factors that launched me to the fact of life.
The songs which deliver out optimism in me or encourage me to discover my limits are my favourites. For me, good music is one thing that takes you on an everlasting flight. There are various singers I like. I like listening to Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, Punjabi singers comparable to Surinder Kaur and Yamla Jatt. Amongst up to date singers, I’m keen on Amrinder Gill, Manmohan Waris, Satinder Sartaj to call a couple of. In addition to, Pakistani singers comparable to Mansoor Malangi, Abida Parveen, and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan are pricey to me.
Cinema has loads of tasks, and it might probably refine a society. I favor to look at films that inspire me to guide a greater and extra significant life apart from producing a way of satisfaction inside me. My favourites of all instances embody a TV collection titled ‘Da Vinci’s Demons’ (2013-2015), Peter Chelsom’s ‘Hector and the Seek for Happiness’ (2014), and Raj Kapoor’s ‘Mera Naam Joker’ (1970).
Works until date
Bir has labored with well-known manufacturing homes particularly Priyanka Chopra’s Purple Pebble Productions, Rhythm Boyz Leisure, and PTC Punjabi Networks.
He has written songs for a lot of Punjabi movies comparable to ‘Love Punjab’ (2016), ‘Sarvann’ (2017), ‘Lahoriye’ (2017), ‘Vekh Baraataan Challiyan’(2017), ‘Bhalwan Singh’ (2017), ‘Golak Bugni Financial institution Te Batua’ (2018), ‘Daanaa Paani’ (2018), ‘Bhajjo Veero Ve’ (2018) and for Chal Mera Putt sequels.
His particular person releases embody ‘Tareyan Di Loye’ (2014), an album ‘Khwaab’ (2015), ‘Neend Befikri Di’ (2015), ‘Teriyan Yadaan’ (2016), ‘Eh Tanhayi’ (2018), ‘Mera Ki Kasoor’(2021), ‘Moon Certain’ (2021), ‘Chal Jindiye’ (2021) and ‘Johra Jhajhran Da (2022).’
Just lately launched movie ‘Aaja Mexico Challiye’ options songs written by Bir. One other music video titled ‘Alvida’ will likely be launched quickly.
Declare to fame
I’ve been very fortunate on this case as my very first track ‘Tareyan Di Loye’ was a success and obtained me recognition within the trade. The following massive step was my track ‘Ambran Toh Taare’ from the movie ‘Love Punjab’, the place my writing was appreciated. One other track ‘Dishaheen’ from a film titled ‘Sarvann’ not solely introduced me laurels but in addition obtained me acknowledgment for the variation in my voice and good singing expertise.
Of all of your works, which one is your favorite?
Identical to all children are equally pricey to a guardian, all of my songs are near my coronary heart. I hearken to totally different songs at totally different instances, relying on the temper. Primarily based on the present temper, my track ‘Jithe Malak Rakhda’ is on my thoughts.
My secret sauce
I derive inspiration from nature. Air is one ingredient that lends movement to my creativity. Lovely pure landscapes, journey, and isolation are the issues that inspire me to grasp life higher and write extra profoundly.
Ideas about Pollywood
The Punjabi movie and music trade is on an increase. All of us, as artists, have an amazing accountability to carry out our greatest as it’s we who symbolize the Punjabi tradition and neighborhood by means of our works. Folks of different nations and people belonging to totally different cultures understand us by means of our films and music solely. What we do within the leisure trade displays the considering of our neighborhood as a complete and subsequently, we should deliver out what is gorgeous about us.
Rising up has taught me that challenges are inevitable. They not solely deliver disappointment but in addition classes for all times. It’s then as much as us to resolve what we wish – disappointment or a lesson. The selection is at all times ours. If we’re sensible sufficient, we’ll at all times choose the teachings and transfer forward in the direction of a happier life.
I’m so blessed that my mom gave me this studying throughout her final days when she was admitted to a hospital. She ready me for what was to comply with. And that’s how I imagine we ought to be ready to take care of every thing that comes our method and study from life.
I don’t actually make far-stretched plans for the longer term as life is unsure and we do not know what might occur the following second. Nonetheless, this February and March, I will likely be touring the US. In addition to, I’ve my exhibits scheduled in the UK in April.