Chandigarh, January 24 : The modern day Punjabi singers are known more for their attitude after delivering a single hit song, which does not even sound off to the Punjabi fans. In the case of sufi singer Kanwar Grewal its just the opposite.
Modest Grewal continues to live with same humbleness and modesty with which he lived before becoming a star and having thousands of fans. He doesn’t even use mobile phone.
In the city beautiful on Friday to launch his second album Jogi Naath, Grewal talked to media persons at the sector 16 French Press Café with director of Speed Records Satvinder Sonu and Dinesh Aulakh.
A collection of eight songs, its music is by Ducy Crew Group’s Satpal and Goldy. All the eight songs have bene penned by different lyricists.
Known for his sufi singing, young Grewal is a native of village Mehma Swai in Bathinda district. He was fond of singing since childhood. After completing his college education, he did his MA music from Punjabi University Patiala. At the varsity he worked as theatre and TV department’s background music director. In the year 2010, a visit to Malerkotla’s Falaund Kalan village at event known as Meera Da Darbar changed his life. He met Bebe who lived in that dera. “I became so attached to that dera that I stayed back and started working there. It was here I picked nuances of the sufi music. Now my songs are conversations with Almighty. All the songs are dedicated to Him,” said Grewal, whose first album was named Akkhan. His album was so well received that he performed 250 shows based on songs of this album.
Starting from stage shows in Ropar, which were held from dera, he performed in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi and other cities of the north region. Due to large number of stage shows Kanwar’s most of time is spent in travelling and rest is spent working at the dera.
In the year 2014, he would perform on the foreign shores too. Grewal said that he never wanted to sing on commercial scale as music and singing are equal to worshipping God for him. “When music companies appealed the dera management, they said that sufi singing would help more people connect with Almighty. This is how I started singing for albums,” he added.
The album Jogi Naath has collection of eight songs including Kothe Di Kanjri written by Jogi, Mauj and Mast written by Navdeep Bai, Tera Ishq written by Goga Dadrala, Ramzan by Gurnam Bapu, Birha Jogi Naath by Kamal Kakrala, and Mudran Da Mull by Gavy Dhindsa.