Renowned Punjabi folk legend Kuldeep Manak died early on Wednesday November 30, 2011, after an enduring battle with his kidney disease. He was 62 and was in critical condition for months. Manak was admitted to the hospital yesterday after his condition got worsened. Unfortunately, the legend has left for the heavenly abode. Credited with popularizing the folk genre and known as “Kalian Da Badshah“, Manak sang innumerable songs, influencing an entire generation of music lovers. Recently the three maestros Kuldip Manak, his son Yudhvir Manak and Jazzy B collaborated in the chart-buster album Maharajas.
Born as Latif Mohammed on 15 November, 1949, Manak was known for his rendition of traditional punjabi folk genre “kaliyan”. He is survived by his wife Sarabjeet Kaur and two children, son Yudhvir Manak and daughter Shakti. Following his father ‘s footsteps, Yudhvir Manak is already a popular name in Punjabi music industry.
The funeral will take place on December 2, 2011. Punjabi music industry and the entire Punjabi fraternity reacted sadly to Kuldip Manak’s death on Wednesday.
I wish this year would just end! Saddened to know legendary Punjabi singer Kuldeep Manak passed away today. His death will have a huge impact on the Punjabi music industry as his talent inspired a generation of new artists. RIP.
“R.I.P Ustad kuldeep manak ji . True maharaja of folk music is gone, but will b with us long as we live by his music. Waheguru ji waheguru ji”
-tweeted Jazzy B.
“R.I.P The King of Punjabi Folk – The One We All Know As Kalliyan Da Badshah – Ustaad Kuldeep Manak Saab Ji”
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਸੰਗੀਤ ਜਗਤ ਲਈ ਕਦੀ ਨਾ ਪੂਰਾ ਹੋਣ ਵਾਲਾ ਘਾਟਾ ਪਰਮਾਤਮਾ ਕਲੀਆਂ ਦੇ ਬਾਦਸ਼ਾਹ ਉਸਤਾਦ ਸ਼੍ਰੀ ਕੁਲਦੀਪ ਮਾਣਕ ਜੀ ਦੀ ਆਤਮਾ ਨੂ ਸ਼ਾਂਤੀ ਬਖਸ਼ੇ !! ਬਾਈ ਯੁਧਵੀਰ ਅਤੇ ਪੂਰੇ ਪਰਿਵਾਰ ਨੂ ਭਾਣਾ ਮਾਨਣ ਦਾ ਬਲ ਬਖਸ਼ੇ ! ਏਸ ਦੁਖ ਦੀ ਘੜੀ ਵਿੱਚ ਪੂਰੇ ਪਰਿਵਾਰ ਨਾਲ ਸ਼ਾਮਿਲ ਹਾਂ !!
“R.I.P. Ustaad Kuldip Manak Ji”
KULDEEP MANAk Sahab (Kaliyan Da Badshah) has passed away at the age of 62. It is the saddest day in the history of Punjabi music as the most successful and loved artist of all time is no more…
ਰੱਬ ਓਹਨਾ ਦੀ ਆਤਮਾ ਨੂ ਸ਼ਾਂਤੀ ਦੇਵੇ !!
Diljit Singh Dosanjh
“And one more sad News.. Kaliyan de Baadshah Kuldeep Manak ji Swargwasi ho gye! May God rest his soul in peace !”
“RIP Ustad Kuldip Manak Ji – A legend who’s voice touched millions of hearts & an icon that will never be forgotton – can’t believe it… Love x”
H (Hartinder) Dhami
punjab di awaaaaaaz di rooh,karishma maaaaaan sadi dhaun da fakhar chala gia yaaaaro…KULDIP MANAK…koi morh liavo ni yaar mera shad gia...
“Just hearing the devastating news that kuldip manak ji has passed away…a punjabi icon who’s music will live forever…RIP manak ji”
R.I.P Ustad Kuldeep Manak Ji…:(
“R.I.P. KULDIP MANAK – OUR GURU”
R.I.P Kaliyan da Badshah Sri Kuldeep Manak Ji…MAY GOD BLESS HIS SOUL!!!!!!!!!!!!
Living legend Gurdas Maan ‘s dedication to Manak saab in the song “Pind Dian Galiyan” where he said “Manak hadd muka giya naviyaan kaliyaan di” i.e. “Kuldeep Manak broke all limits of traditional Punjabi Kali”, will remain apt since times immemorial.
PunjabiPortal expresses its heart felt condolences at this great loss. (2043)