Harshdeep Kaur

Harshdeep Kaur (born 16 December 1986) is an Indian singer known for her Bollywood Hindi, Punjabi, and Sufi songs. She is popularly known as "Sufi Ki Sultana" because of her soulful Sufi renditions.[1] After winning titles in two reality shows, Kaur established herself as a lead singer in Bollywood soundtracks. Kaur was sixteen years old when she released her first Bollywood song, "Sajna Mai Haari."

Harshdeep Kaur
Background information
Born (1986-12-16) 16 December 1986
Delhi, India
GenresSufi, Bollywood
Years active2003–present

Kaur has recorded songs for film music in multiple Indian languages, including Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Gujarati, and Bengali, and has established herself as a leading playback singer of Indian cinema. She has worked with leading music directors[2](including A R Rahman, Pritam Chakraborty, Vishal-Shekhar, Salim Sulaiman, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Amit Trivedi, Shantanu Moitra, Tanishk Bagchi, Himesh Reshammiya, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Sohail Sen. She's one of the very few Indian singers to have sung for a Hollywood film. Her track R.I.P., composed by AR Rahman, was a part of Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle's film 127 Hours.[3]

Some of her popular songs include Katiya Karun from Rockstar; Heer from Jab Tak Hai Jaan; Ik Onkar from Rang De Basanti; Zaalima from Raees; Nachde Ne Saare from Baar Baar Dekho; Bari Barsi from Band Baaja Baaraat; Kabira from Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani; Jugni ji from Cocktail; and Twist Kamariya from Bareilly ki Barfi.[4]

In 2019, Kaur received the IIFA Award for Best Female Playback Singer award at the 20th IIFA Awards for the song Dilbaro from the film Raazi.[5]

Early life

Kaur was born on 16 December 1986 to Savinder Singh in Delhi.[6][7] She is from a musical background. Her father, Savinder Singh, owns a factory of musical instruments. She attended New Era Public School in New Delhi. Apart from studying, she started learning music at the age of six. She learned Indian classical music from Mr. Tejpal Singh, popularly known as the Singh Brothers, and Western classical music from George Pullinkala, Delhi Music Theatre. Later, at the age of twelve, to explore the world of music, she joined the Delhi School of Music to learn piano.


Harshdeep Kaur as "Coach' on THE VOICE on Star Plus

Harshdeep Kaur became a "Coach" on StarPlus' singing reality show "The Voice." She was joined by Adnan Sami, Kanika Kapoor and Armaan Malik as the other coaches and by "Super Guru" A. R. Rahman.[8]

Sufi Ki Sultana

Kaur won the singing competition Junoon – Kuch Kar Dikhaane Ka on NDTV Imagine in September 2008. She competed from the Sufi Ki Sultan genre with Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan as her mentor.[9] She was declared the Sufi Ki Sultana by Amitabh Bachchan, who was the chief guest in the Grand Finale.

The show was a competition amongst three genres – Sufi, Folk, and Bollywood. Singers from India and Pakistan participated in the show. Kaur wore a unique Sufi attire, especially while performing Sufi songs, and that has become a part of her identity.

Personal life

Kaur married her childhood friend Mankeet Singh in Mumbai on 20 March 2015.[10]

Television appearances

  • Harshdeep Kaur is the only singer who has appeared on all four seasons of Coke Studio (India) on MTV :

Season 1 – Hoo[11] (Music recreated by Leslie Lewis) in 2011

Season 2 – Nirmohiya[12] (Music by Amit Trivedi) & Hey Ri[13] (Music by Hitesh Sonik) in 2012

Season 3 – Dinae Dinae[14] with Papon in 2013

Season 4 - Teriyan Tu Jaane[15] (Amit Trivedi) in 2015

  • Performed at the Grand Finale of Bigg Boss 5.
  • MTV Ray-Ban Never Hide Sounds
  • Harshdeep Kaur featured on MTV Ray-Ban Never Hide Sounds as a Mentor for young and upcoming bands in the Sufi Genre. She mentored the Sufi-Rock Band 'Nasya' in first season & the band "JIHAANA" in the second season and performed at Hard Rock Cafe and similar venues across the country.
  • Bani – Ishq Da Kalma's theme song.[16]
  • Featured on "The Jam Room" for Sony Mix in 2015.
  • MTV Unplugged: Aaj din Chadeya with Pritam
  • Special performance at the Global Indian Music Academy Awards awards in 2016.
  • The opening ceremony of IPL in 2017.
  • Judged the reality show HDFC Life Youngsters Season II on Voot
  • Special Sufi performance at the Radio Mirchi Music Awards 2017
  • As one of the Judges on The Voice, a singing reality show on StarPlus in 2019.

Awards and nominations

Film Awards

  • 2010: Nominated, Best Album (Popular Non-Film Category) at GIMA Awards, 2010 for the album Rubaru
  • 2012: Nominated, Best Playback Singer - Female at Filmfare Awards, 2012 for the song Kateya Karoon, Rockstar
  • 2012: Nominated, Best Playback Singer - Female at Zee Cine Awards, 2012 for the song Kateya Karoon, Rockstar
  • 2012: Nominated, Best Playback Singer - Female at IIFA Awards, 2012 for the song Kateya Karoon, Rockstar
  • 2012: Nominated, Best Playback Singer - Female at BIG Star Entertainment Awards, 2012 for the song Kateya Karoon, Rockstar
  • 2012: Nominated, Female Vocalist of The Year at Mirchi Music Awards, 2012 for the song Katiya Karun, Rockstar
  • 2015: Winner, Best Playback Singer - Female at Mirchi Music Awards, 2015 for the song Lori, Punjab 1984
  • 2015: Winner, Best Playback Singer - Female at PTC Film Awards, 2015 for the song Lori, Punjab 1984
  • 2016: Nominated, Best Playback Singer - Female at Lux Style Awards, 2016 for the song Balley Balley, Bin Roye
  • 2018: Winner (as Playback Singer), Best Song at Mirchi Top 20 Gold Disc Award, 2018 for the song Zaalima, Raees
  • 2018: Nominated (as Playback Singer), Best Song at Zee Cine Awards 2018 for the song Zaalima, Raees
  • 2018: Winner, Best Playback Singer - Female at Star Screen Awards, 2018 for the song Dilbaro, Raazi
  • 2019: Winner, Best Playback Singer - Female at Zee Cine Awards, 2018 for the song Dilbaro, Raazi
  • 2019: Winner, Best Playback Singer - Female at News 18 Reel Movie Awards, 2018 for the song Dilbaro, Raazi
  • 2019: Winner, Best Playback Singer - Female at Fever 104 FM - Entertainment Ka Baap Awards, 2018 for the song Dilbaro, Raazi
  • 2019: Nominated for Best Playback Singer- Female at Filmfare Awards 2018 for the song Dilbaro, Raazi
  • 2019: Winner, Best Playback Singer - Female at IIFA Awards 2019 for the song Dilbaro, Raazi [5]

Reality Competitions

  • Winner, MTV Video GaGa Contest (2001)
  • Winner, NDTV Imagine's JUNOON Kuchh Kar Dikhane Ka (2008)
  • Winner, Aao Jhoomein Gaayein (SAB TV)
  • Winner, SAREGAMA Punjabi (Alpha TV)

Concerts and Tours

Harshdeep Kaur has headlined many prestigious concerts and music festivals all over the globe.

  • AR Rahman's Journey Home World Tour, all over the USA, Canada, UK, South Africa, & Singapore, 2010
  • In April 2013, she headlined the prestigious Southbank Centre Music Festival in London, alongside Soul/Bollywood singer Ash King.
  • In August 2013, she headlined the prestigious Mosaic Festival held in Mississauga, Canada.
  • In September 2013, she performed at the London Mela in Gunnersbury Park.
  • Mosaic Festival, Mississauga, 2013
  • BBC London Mela, 2013
  • AAS Concert at Purana Qila with Attaullah Khan, 2014
  • MTV Unplugged Concert with Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan, 2014
  • Live in Concert with Pritam at Wembley Arena, London, Dubai & Singapore
  • Infinite Love Concerts with AR Rahman in Singapore and Malaysia, 2014
  • Performed with her band at the Stardust Concert held at the Royal Festival Hall in London in September 2015
  • Performed at the prestigious Heart of Asia Conference held in Amritsar in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other Asian leaders in 2016
  • Hazaaron Khwahishein Aisi with Shekhar Ravjiani at The Esplanade in Singapore in September 2016
  • First Indian singer to become a headliner at the prestigious Manchester International Festival in June 2017.
  • Headlined "Sounds Of Sufi" Concert at the Esplanade in Singapore in November 2017
  • Leading performers of the AR Rahman Encore tour in India 2017
  • Her Solo UK tour in March 2018 was a huge success and garnered a lot of appreciation from the music industry and her fans.
  • She has performed with the Legendary Punjabi singer "Gurdas Mann" in 2015 & 2018 in New Delhi.
  • She was the leading performer on Pritam's First-ever North American Tour in April 2018.
  • She opened for the legendary singer Bryan Adams' on his India tour on 12 October(Mumbai) and 14 October (Delhi) in 2018. Bryan Adams was all praises for one of India's most loved singer Harshdeep.[17]


YearSongFilm/AlbumCo-Singer(s)Other notes
2019"Ishqbaaziyaan"Happy Hardy and HeerJubin Nautiyal, Asees Kaur, Alamgir Khan
"Le Jaana"Himesh Reshammiya, Navraj Hans, Asees Kaur
2019"Behka Na"Parey Hut LoveAli Tariq
2019"Ik Pal"Parey Hut LoveHadiqa Kiyani
2019"Ishq Mitha"Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa LagaNavraj Hans
2018 "Happy Bhag Jayegi" Happy Phirr Bhag JayegiDaler Mehndi
"Grey Wala Shade" ManmarziyaanJazim Sharma
"Chonch Ladiyan"
"Jaisi Teri Marzi"Bhanu Pratap Singh
"Rab Raakha"Lashtam PashtamSukhwinder Singh
"Dilbaro"RaaziVibha Saraf & Shankar Mahadevan Winner of Best Playback Singer Star Screen Awards 2018, Zee Cine Awards 2019, Fever 104 Award, Reel Movie Awards 2019
"Oye Hichki" Hichki
"Soul of Hichki"
"Chamba Kitni Duur""Single"
"Chhalla/Ni Mai Kamli""TSeries Mixtape Punjabi"Hans Raj Hans
2017"Twist Kamariya"Bareilly Ki BarfiYaseer Desai, Tanishk, Altamash
"Satnam Waheguru Ji""Guru Nanak Jayanti Special"
"Ehna Akhiyaan/ Yaar Mangeya Si""TSeries Mixtape"Shahid Mallya
"Dil Di Reejh"Punjabi Single
"Lovers Quest Medley 5"Collaboration with Sarmad Qadeer
"Hawa Badlo Anthem"SingleCampaign against air pollution
"Tere Lams Ne"Flat 211
"Mahi"IradaShabab Sabri
"Zaalima"[18]RaeesArijit SinghWinner of Mirchi Top 20 Gold Disc Award for Zaalima
Nominated for Best Song at Zee Cine Awards
"Waho Waho Gobind Singh"350th Birth Anniversary Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji
2016Guru Gobind Singh Ji350th Birth Anniversary Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji
"Khulke Dulke"Befikre
"Aaj Din Chadeya"MTV Unplugged with Pritam"Irshad Kamil
"Ek Shringaar Swabhimaan"Ek Shringaar SwabhimaanColors Serial
"Joban Madhuban"100 daysMarathi TV Show
"Mai Ri Mai"Parched
"Nachde Ne Saare"Baar Baar Dekho
"Happy Oye"Happy Bhag Jayegi
"Sachi Muchi"Sultan
"School ki Ghanti"Educate the Girl Child Anthem for Nestle
"Wali Allah""Strumm Sufi Album"
"Rabb De Bande""31st October"
"Mere Vich Teri""Saadey CM Saab"
"Rabba Rabba""Kaptaan"
"Lakh Khushiyaan""Shabad"
"Nanak Naam Mile""Shabad"
"Saaun Da Mahina""Tribute to Jagjit Singh"
2015"Jalte Diye"Prem Ratan Dhan Payo
"Nanak di Soch"Single "Save the Girl child"
"Balle Balle"Bin Roye Pakistani film NominatedLux Style Award for Best Female Singer
"Jutti Kasuri"Single Punjabi Folk
2014"Uff"Bang Bang!
"Ni Adugu"Pora Pove
"Rabb Meri Umar (Lori)"Punjab 1984 Winner of Best Playback Singer at Mirchi Music Awards
Winner of PTC Film awards for Best Playback singer
"Saanu te aisa Maahi"Dil Vil Pyaar Vyaar
"Nenje Nenje"Ennathan Pesuvatho
2013"Ye Jo Subha Ka Ik Sitara Hai"Muhabbat Subha Ka Sitara Hai Pakistani TV series on Hum TV
Nominated Hum Award for Best Original Soundtrack
"Mere Bina Tu (Duet)"Phata Poster Nikla Hero
"Saaiyaan"Bani – Ishq Da Kalma TV Series on Colors TV
Indian Television Award for Best SInger Female
"Kabira (Encore)"Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
"Jhalkiyan (Reprise)"Kaafiron Ki Namaaz
2012"Luv Shuv Te Chicken Khurana"Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana
"Luni Hasi (Female version)"
"Tu Hoor Pari"Khiladi 786Javed Ali, Shreya Ghoshal and Chandrakala
"Heer"Jab Tak Hai Jaan
"Jugni Ji"Cocktail
"Soni Lagdee"Cinema Company Malayalam film
2011"Katiya Karoon"[19]Rockstar Nominated–Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer
Nominated–IIFA Award for Best Female Playback
"Jhak Maar Ke"Desi Boyz
2010"Sajde (Remix)"Khatta Meetha
"Baari Barsi"Band Baaja Baaraat
"Chand Ki Katori"Guzaarish
"Woh Lamha Phir Se Jeena Hai"KajraareHimesh Reshammiya
"Barse Channel Divya Theme Song 1"Channel Divya
2008"Lut Jaaon"KarzzzzHimesh Reshammiya
"Is Pal Ki Soch"Halla Bol
"Dil Ne Ye Na Jaana"Red: The Dark SideHimesh Reshammiya
2006"Ik Onkar"Rang De Basanti
"Udne Do"Taxi 9211
2005"Leja Leja"Karam
2003"Ul Jalul"Oops!
"Alag Alag"Oops!
"Sajna Main Haari"Aapko Pehle Bhi Kahin Dekha Hai


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