Manmohan Waris (Manmohan was born 3 August 1970 in ‘Halluwal’, Distt. Hoshiarpur, Punjab, India.
Manmohan Waris is elder brother of Sangtar, (a renowned Punjabi record producer, musician & poet) & Kamal Heer, (a renowned Punjabi Folk/Pop singer). Waris is married to Pritpal Kaur Heer. They have two children; a boy named Amar Heer (after the name of Waris’ mentor Late ‘Dhadi Amar Singh Shounki’), and a girl named Saiya.. He learned the regional classical music from Late ‘Ustad Jaswant Bhanvra Ji’, along with his brothers.
Manmohan Waris is one of the top Punjabi singers in the world. He has been around for almost 12 years now. Since he released his first album “Gairan Naal Peenghan Jhootdeye’ in 1993, he has never looked back. Punjabis around the world love him and he feels the pressure of not letting them down. His humbleness and sincerity has won many hearts. His voice is considered one of the sweetest around and his songs attest to his passion for clean and literary lyrics. So far Waris has released 17 albums.
He was born into a farming family in the Village of Halluwal, Punjab. He had a great interest in music since an early age. He started his formal music training at the age of 11. Everything he learned from his Guru, he taught his younger brothers. So all three brothers got seriously involved in music at a very early age.
He got his music degree from Punjab University. But the most influential music Guru he had was Shree Jaswant Singh Bhanwra. Unlike many other Punjabi singers who also learned music from Shree Jaswant Singh Bhnawra, the Guru did not teach him so called “Lok-Gaayiki”, he insisted on teaching him the real music he knew himself. He saw a great singer in Manmohan and he wanted him to shine.
In 1990, Manmohan Waris’s family moved to Canada. Here he made his first album ‘Gairan Naal Peenghan Jhootdeye.’ The album was a great success and when Waris returned to Punjab, Punjabi’s everywhere just couldn’t get enough of him. So he decided to move back to India.
His career has never seen a foggy day since that time. Waris’ philosophy about his name and fame may have something to do with that. In his opinion “keeping your name on the top is not an easy thing, you have to work hard to get here, and you have to work harder to stay here”.
Manmohan got married in 1996 and in 1997 he and his wife Pritpal had their first baby. It was a boy and they named him ‘Amar’ after the great Punjabi Dhadi singer ‘Amar Singh Shaunki. Manmohan’s in-laws are also from the same village as the late Dhadi. Waris has recorded a few of Dhadi Amar Singh Shaunki’s songs as a tribute to him. These songs are:
1. Do Tara Vajda Ve (1993) 2. Aja Bhabi Jhoot Le (2000) 3. Ghar Hun Kitni Ku Doore (2003)
Manmohan’s latest religious release, named ?Tasveer? contains 9 very touching and thoughtful songs. In 2001 Manmohan and his wife had their second child, a girl named ‘Saiya’. Manmohan spends most of the year in Punjab and he tours the west in the summer.
Manmohan’s songs are evergreen songs. People remember his earliest work same way as they do his latest. Manmohan’s latest Punjabi Album is titled “Nachiye Majajne”. The album is on Plasma Records/Kiss records and got a great response from Punjabis everywhere. The title song “Aja Appan Nachiye Majajne” with its Desi music and Dhole rhythms is a milestone on the future path of Punjabi music. Also the success of ‘Punjabi Virsa.’ another song from this album proves that there is still room for literary and meaningful poetry in the fast paced, single based commercial Punjabi music world.
Waris has always worked hard to put his efforts where his heart is. He is always eager to point out anything that gets his attention. He has never sung a song to gain mere a commercial success. But this is not his greatness, his greatness is that he doesn’t do it to serve his language or his native land, he just does it because he is that kind of person and it is his nature.
We hope that Waris will continue to give us thoughtful and yet entertaining music for many years to come and may God help him to live his dreams.
- ‘Dil Nachda’ (2007, ‘Plasma Records’/’Kiss Records’)
- ‘Nachiye Majajne’ (Feb, 2004, ‘Plasma Records’/’Kiss Records’)
- ‘Dil Vatte Dil’ (Jan, 2003, ‘Tips’/’Kiss Records’)
- ‘Gajray Gori De’ (Dec, 2001, ‘Tips’)
- ‘Husn Da Jadu’ (Dec, 2000, ‘Tips’)
- ‘Mitran Da Sah Rukda’ (Oct, 1998, ‘T-Series’)
- ‘Gali Gali Vich Hokay’ (1997, ‘Raja Entertainers’)
- ‘Sajjre Challe Muklave’ (Dec, 1996, ‘T-Series’)
- ‘Sohniya De Laare’ (1994,C M C / ‘T-Series’)
- ‘Hasdi De Phul Kirde’ (1995, ‘Peritone’)
- ‘Gairaan Naal Peenghan Jhootdiye’ (1993, ‘Catrack’)
- ‘Tasveer’ (Live) (2006, ‘Plasma Records’/’Kiss Records’)
- ‘Ghar Hun Kitni Ku Doore’ (Mar, 2003, ‘Plasma Records’)
- ‘Charhdi Kala Panth Khalsa’ (1997, ‘T-Series’)
- ‘Punjabi Reloaded’ (2008, ‘Plasma Records’/Kiss Records’)
- ‘Teri Mundri’ (Dec, 2002, ‘T-Series’)
- ‘Manmohan Waris De Dard Bhare Geet’ (Sept, 2002, ‘T-Series’)
- ‘Mittran Ne Bhangra Pauna’ (1998, ‘T-Series’)
- ‘Kalli Beh Ke Sochi Ni’ (1997, ‘T-Series’)
- ‘Punjabi Virsa 2008 (Live In Vancouver)’ (Live with Kamal Heer) (Aug 2008, Plasma Records)
- ‘Punjabi Virsa 2006 (Live In Toronto)’ (Live with Kamal Heer) (Oct 2006, Plasma Records/Kiss Records)
- ‘Punjabi Virsa Behind The Scenes’ (Making Of Whole Punjabi Virsa Tour, with Kamal Heer) (2006, ‘Plasma Records’)
- ‘Punjabi Virsa 2005 (Live In London)’ (Live with Kamal Heer) (Oct 2005, ‘Plasma Records’/Kiss Records)
- ‘Punjabi Virsa 2004, Toronto’ (Live with Kamal Heer) (Oct 2004, ‘Plasma Records’/Kiss Records)
- ‘Plasma Framed Vol. 1′ (Videos with Kamal Heer) (Jul 2004, ‘Plasma Records’)
- ‘Shounki Mela 2003, Surrey’ (Live with Kamal Heer & Gurpreet Ghuggi) (Aug 2003, ‘Plasma Records’)
- ‘Best Of Manmohan Waris’ (Videos) (Jan 2002, ‘T-Series’)
- Lok Boliyan by ‘Jazzy B’ with ‘Parmjeet Parmaar’, from “Get Back Jazzy B” (Dec, 2002, ‘Venus’)
- Rang De Basanti Chola by ‘Sonu Nigam’, from Bollywood Movie, Legend Of Bhagat Singh (2002, ‘Tips’)
- Kalli Beh Ke Sochi Ni (Remix) (single)