Even though Punjabi Music is always brimming with new talent but there are very few artists who could be credited with making Punjabi Music an international phenomenon and Malkit Singh is one such name who stands out from the rest. Malkit Singh is the first Punjabi singer to be honoured with an MBE by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace and is famous for cult classics like “Gur Nalo Ishq Mita, Tootak Tootak Tootiyan, Kurri Garam Jayee, Dekh li vilyait, Chal Hun, and Jind Mahi, the latter two from the soundtrack to the popular film “Bend It Like Beckham”.
Taking his international stardom to another level, Malkit Singh will now be performing at St. George’s Bristol on Sunday 3rd December from 7 PM onwards. St George’s Bristol is a concert hall in the centre of Bristol which hosts a year-round programme of music including classical, folk, world and jazz.
Malkit Singh has been awarded many reputed recognitions throughout his career such as:
- In 1997, he was given the recognition of the city of Los Angeles for his service to the Indian community.
- He was listed in the 2000 Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest selling bhangra artist of all time.
- In 2001, Singh was awarded the 27th Convocation Gold Medal Award Doctorate by Guru Nanak Dev University.
- In 2005, Singh was awarded the “Commitment to Scene” award at the UK Asian Music Awards.
- In 2008, Malkit Singh was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2008 New Year Honours.
- In 2012, Singh was honoured with a star on the Birmingham Walk of Stars.