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Sukhwinder Singh lubana
Also known as Sukhi
Born 16, September, 1968
Genres Playback singing
Occupations Singer, composer
Years active 1976–present

Sukhwinder Singh is an internationally-recognized singer, based in India, who often works as a Bollywood playback artist. Singh was best known for singing "Chaiyya Chaiyya", for which he won the Best Male Playback Award at the 1999 Filmfare Awards. "Chaiyya Chaiyya", the first song from Mani Ratnam's 1998 film Dil Se, was composed by A. R. Rahman, written by Gulzar, and sung in duet with Sapna Awasthi. It was also featured in the musical Bombay Dreams, and, in remixed arrangements, in the titles and credits segments of Spike Lee's 2006 film, Inside Man. Singh later gained more international fame for singing "Jai Ho" from the film Slumdog Millionaire, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.



Sukhwinder Singh is a leading Bollywood singer. He originally comes from Amritsar, Punjab, India. He first performed on stage at the age of 7 or 8, singing the Lata number "Sa re ga ma pa, pa, pa, ga ma re, ga re mere sang mere saajna", from the 1970 movie Abhinetri. He also released a Punjabi album called Munda Southhall Da with T. Singh joined Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s troupe and quickly became a music arranger, before heading to the south of India to look for work. At this time he did a film called Rakshagan.

Singh got his break in the movie "Karma" in which he sang few lines, then he did a Madhuri Dixit film called Khilaaf, in which he sang the hit song "Aa ja sanam". But the singer himself realised that something was missing in his voice, took a sabbatical and left Mumbai to tour England and America to see, hear and understand the various forms of music. After this broadening of his musical horizons, he returned to Mumbai to kick-start his musical career.

His first effort in Hindi films, Aaja Sanam, went largely unremarked, even though the music carried the names of Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Then, along came Dil Se. A. R. Rahman used Sukhwinder for "Chaiyya Chaiyya". The other films that followed – including Taal, Biwi No. 1, 1947 Earth, Daag, Dillagi, Moksha, and Thakshak,"Tere Naam", Apna Sapna Money Money, Shadi Se Pehle , Shabd, Musafir, Chak de India, Om Shanti Om, Black & White- have made him a household name.

With A. R. Rahman

The combination of Sukhwinder Singh and composer A.R.Rahman has given lot of hit songs. The list includes Chaiyya Chaiyya from Dil Se, Ramta Jogi, Ni Main Samajh Gayee, Taal Se Taal Mila and Nahin Samne from Taal, Ruth Aa Gayee Re, Raat Ki Daldal Hain and Yeh Jo Zindagi Hain from Earth, Jaane Tu Mera Kya Hai from Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na, Aayo Re Sakhi and Piya Ho from Water, Chinnamma Chilakkamma from Meenaxi and the most popular Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire. He has also recorded a couple of Tamil songs for Rahman, Thiruvallikkeri Rani from Udhaya and Lucky Lucky from Ratchagan.


Sukhwinder Singh won the Filmfare Best Male Playback Award for the song "Chaiyya Chaiyya" from the movie Dil Se whose music was by A R Rahman. He recently won the Filmfare Best Male Playback Award for the song "Haule Haule" from the movie Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

The song "Jai Ho", sung by Singh, composed by A. R. Rahman, and written by Gulzar, was nominated a Critics' Choice Award for Best Song and won an Oscar: Academy Award for Best Original Song. It also won the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media in 2010.

Selected discography


As a music director

As a playback singer

  • Kumbaaraki ..... ( Kaaranji [2009], Kannada)
  • Halla Bol (Playback Singer & Music Director)
  • Black & White (2008)......(Haq Allah,Peer Manava,Main Chala,Jogi Aaya)
  • Kaisay Kahein... (2007)
  • Bombay Skies(2006)
  • Jaane Hoga Kya(2006)
  • Omkara(2006)......(Title song and Beedhi)
  • Mangal Pandey: The Rising......(Takey Takey)
  • Dosti: Friends Forever(2005)
  • Kisna: The Warrior Poet (2005)......(Ahambramasmi, Woh Din Aa Gaya, Woh Kisna Hai)
  • Classic Dance of Love (2005)
  • Baaz: A Bird in Danger (2003)
  • Anubhav: An Experience (2003)
  • Border Hindustan Ka (2003)
  • Udhaya (2003)......(Thiruvallikkeri Rani)
  • Karz: The Burden of Truth (2002)
  • Annarth (2002)
  • Shakthi: The Power (2002)
  • Yeh Hai Jalwa (2002)
  • The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002)......(Desh Mere Desh,Dil Se Niklegi,Kasam Tumko Watan,Pagdi Sambhal Jatta,Shora So Pahchaniye)
  • Junoon (2002)
  • Little John (2002)
  • Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai (2001)
  • Mrugaraaju (2001)
  • Raja Ko Rani Se Pyar Ho Gaya (2000)
  • Kurukshetra (2000)
  • Devi Putrudu (2000)
  • Khauff (2000)
  • Shaheed Uddham Singh: Alais Ram Mohammad Singh Azad (2000)
  • Khoobsurat (1999)
  • Seenu (1999)
  • Biwi No. 1 (1999)
  • Phool Aur Aag (1999)
  • Daag: The Fire (1999)......(Lucky Kabootar)
  • Dil Kya Kare (1999)
  • Earth (1998).....(Ruth Aa Gayee Re,Raat Ki Daldal Hain,Yeh Jo Zindagi Hain)
  • Itihaas (1997)
  • Raghuveer (1995)
  • Chamatkar (1992)
  • Fateh (1991)
  • Karma (1986) (playback singer)

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