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Balle balle! Bhangra kings are back
05th Aug 2000  
By ApunKaChoice Bureau  


Call it lull before the storm. The ambassadors of Bhangra are back with a bang and rolling at full throttle with bigwigs like Daler Mehandi and Harbhajan Mann hitting the music stores again with their albums.

The first one off the blocks was Daler Mehandi's 'Ek Dana'. Although 'Ek Dana' did not create the impact it was expected to, it has still made its mark and did cause a few ripples with one of its videos.

And vying with Daler for a greater market share is Harbhajan Mann, who released his latest album 'Lala Lala Lala' at an apt time when people were nursing the Daler hangover.

Now Bhangra pop claims a lion's share in Indi pop, which accounts for around ten percent of the music industry's total sales. While Daler is labeled as the undisputed Badshah of Bhangra - each album of his having sold around 20-25 lakh copies-- Harbhajan, too, has tasted some success with his previous album 'Oye Hoye' selling around 6 lakh copies.

We must not forget others like 'Sahota Brothers', 'Hans Raj Hans', 'Bhupi' and 'Gursewak Mann' who too can boost of quiet a respectable fan following.

Just a few months back Bhangra pop seemed to have been over-killed by hordes of young wannabe singers who strove more for instant fame than good music. It appeared as if a saturation point would come soon and the Punjabi puttars would evaporate from the charts.

Now with Daler and Harbhajan making waves at the music charts, it seems people are still not tired of shaking their legs to the sounds of the dhol and balle balle.