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Master Madan, the first recorded child singer of Punjab

Postby rkahlon » April 7th, 2011, 12:53 pm

Master Madan was born in Khankhana, near Jalandhar, in 1927. he was a popular bhajan, geet and ghazal singer of Punjab. As recording of songs begun, his only 8 songs could be recorded. He died young, at the age of 14 years on June 5, 1942. Some say, that he was slowly poisoned by someone who was jealous of his success.

He sang in public for the first time when he was three and a half years old, in a rally arranged by Dharampur Sanatorium. The audience was understandably spell bound. He was given many gold medals right there and then. After that he and his elder brother toured all over India and collected many prizes from the rulers of many princely states. They sang in the famous Harvallabh Mela of Jalandhar city and later in Shimla. Reportedly, in the Shimla Sammelan, many notable singers had also come, but thousands were eager to listen to Master Madan only. At the age of eight, he was a famous radio singer, singing mainly on Delhi radio station on Alipur road. His final public program took place in Calcutta at age 14. He sang, 'Vinati Suno Mori Avadhpur Ke Basiya' for 90 minutes with such beauty that the public refused to go home. One patron respectfully offered Rs. 500, a princely sum in those days, on his feet. Also 9 gold medals were announced by various patrons to be given to him. In those days, gold medals were really made of gold. He returned to Delhi and kept going to the Delhi radio station for about 3-4 months. Soon he started getting sick. Many remedies were tried but nothing helped. In the summer of 1942, he went to Shimla, where his forehead, and joints started to shine unusually. He died on June 5, 1942 suffering a great deal of pain. It was suspected that he died of mercury poisoning. It is believed that a jealous singer gave him mercury in his milk. On his death, Shimla closed down and a huge gathering accompanied him on his last journey.

Please do not confuse him with Madan Mohan, the hindi film music director.

Youtube has many of his recordings now. And once again, thanks to Britishers.

But does Khanna celebrate him today? Saade vaale paase hee hai...

Here are his 2 Punjabi songs - 1. raavi de parle kande ve mitra, vasda ae dil da chor.....

2. baagan vich peenghaa payiaa, sab saiyan tur gayiaan mahiya.....(and please new age singers should not copy these songs). If someone has already posted this, I apologize.




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Re: Master Madan, the first recorded child singer of Punjab

Postby rkahlon » April 7th, 2011, 6:31 pm

Please, no one should copy these lines and this music as he died very young and we should show some respect to history and apne aap apni success vaaste itehaas khatam kar ke, pher aap lokaa nu kehna Punjabi gaane suno.....not fair!!!!!!! Leave these two songs of his, only his and carry to next geenrations. Nahin ta prove ho jaawega ke Britishers sachi saade ton zyaada maan karde see originality da. Te prove ho jaawega ke saanu koi parwaa nahin itihaas di. It is our moral responsibility towards our culture and music ke jehda ehnu copy karega, ta ohda boycott keeta jaawe...vichare de 2 Punjabi gaane reh gaye recorded.

Leave this poor guy who died young, leave his songs alone and pure and show some respect to history. Kise ne pata vee nahin keeta ehda, kise ne ehnu yaad nahin keeta zyaada, when people outside Punjab were celebrating him. If this has been posted already, I am sorry.


Khanna city should celebrate some music festival in his memory and people should be encouraged to sing in his style, light raag based mithe Punjabi geet . Lokaan nu parwaah hee nain.....Britishers ne William Shakespeare da ghar sambhaal leya 500 saal puraana.....te saade pehle gaane vee......Pakistan alag ho geya, ohda rona ki, jehda saade kol hai, ohnu saambh lao.

Children's music fest hona chahida Madan di yaad vich at Khanna....not only singing but instrumental too.

qualification honi chahidi - semi-classical or classical..the way he sung.
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Re: Master Madan, the first recorded child singer of Punjab

Postby gbssungha » April 7th, 2011, 8:43 pm

Hairaani di gall eh hai, ke es post te zyaada reply nahin aonge.....

Ziadati ho gayi jwaak de naal.....kise na yaad rakhya..
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Re: Master Madan, the first recorded child singer of Punjab

Postby pvsDalli » April 7th, 2011, 10:29 pm

y is dis thread in punjabi movies instead of punjabi music??????
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Re: Master Madan, the first recorded child singer of Punjab

Postby robbiesingh » April 7th, 2011, 10:45 pm

bahut sohni jankari sanjhi kiti rkahlon ji Master Madan nal related
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Re: Master Madan, the first recorded child singer of Punjab

Postby parm47 » April 7th, 2011, 11:30 pm

new thread start ho ee gaya............. Thora ee time hoya rkahlon nu pp parivr nal jurea bt changi info share kit.............. Master madan nu yadd kita jana chahida........
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Re: Master Madan, the first recorded child singer of Punjab

Postby rkahlon » April 8th, 2011, 3:37 am

His father Sardar Amar Singh was a Government of India employee working in the Department of Education, Health and Land in New Delhi/Shimla. He was himself a keen music lover and was quite good at playing the harmonium and tabla. Madans mother Puran Devi was a deeply religious woman and was responsible for Madans spiritual leanings from early childhood. His brother Mohan, 13 years older to him, was an accomplished singer and violinist.

And some people say that it was not Khanna, but village Khankhana in distt. Jalandhar where he was born and lived. Found by Akbar's courtier Abdul Rahim Khanekhana and named after him, dont know which is true. Pin Code Khankhana today - 144509. With formation of new districts, this now lies in distt. Nawanshahar. So, the info about Khanna written at so many places is wrong.

Master Madan, born in an orthodox Sikh family, was a Bal Yogi or child ascetic, something that he took from his mother. He always carried on his person Guru Nanak’s portrait, wrapped in silk, a rosary and the Guru Granth Sahib. To this day, all three are preserved in Bootale Building, Simla, by his aunt. The daughter and son of his elder brother live in Shimla today, Ravindar Kaur and Jaspal Singh. The Granth Sahib bears Master Madan’s signatures in Urdu.


Master Madan began to perform as early as the age of two or three and quickly became a craze all over India. His astonishingly mature voice left a deep impression on the more devout of the Sikhs who urged him to sing some ‘shabds’ and some Punjabi songs.

And this Abdul Rahim too was not an ordinary person. He was one of the navratnas of Akbar's court, a prolific writer who used to write 'doha's, saanu school vich vee padaye jaande c. Jiwein Tansen music vich, Birbal gallaan vich, uwein Rahim writer c.

Lost heritage of today's Punjab. Can people go to Khankhana and see if they have some imprints left of Akbar's esteemed courtier and Master Madan (if he is from Khankhana, as told by some).
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Re: Master Madan, the first recorded child singer of Punjab

Postby singhboy » April 9th, 2011, 1:23 pm

Bahut Wadhiya .....
Haale pata nahi Hor kinna ku iddan da Khazana gumaya paya hai...


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Re: Master Madan, the first recorded child singer of Punjab

Postby rkahlon » April 9th, 2011, 2:24 pm

Thank you all, aapaa saareyaan nu apni history baare vee pata karan di koshish karni chahidi. Nahin ta baharle lok saadi history nu aap likh ke badal denge.
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Re: Master Madan, the first recorded child singer of Punjab

Postby jass » April 10th, 2011, 1:36 pm

i read abt him in ht a year back,i think he was from shimla..will try to find the article again
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Re: Master Madan, the first recorded child singer of Punjab

Postby rkahlon » April 10th, 2011, 4:05 pm

His family lives in Shimla today, the kids of his elder brother, and his unmarried sister. There is Shimla reference in my 3rd or 4th post in my this thread.

But he was born at Khankhana. There is a very long article about him on Khankhana.net. I cared not to post whole of it.
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Re: Master Madan, the first recorded child singer of Punjab

Postby jass » April 11th, 2011, 10:53 am

but if i recall that hindustan times article,sonu nigam mentioned abt him in some interview or so..i ll have to find it
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Re: Master Madan, the first recorded child singer of Punjab

Postby rkahlon » April 11th, 2011, 3:40 pm

HHmm...his family was a sikh family originally from Khankhana, he was born there, in distt. Nawanshahr, they had to travel to Shimla and Delhi with dad as most of the families working far from place of origin do.

And even Shimla at that time was a part of Punjab, hence it was not unusual for some employee from Jalandhar/Nawashahar to get transferred there, as it was counted within state. Himachal Pardesh was separated from Punjab after 1947.

Britishers took all those small princely states, as Punjab, as shown in the map of 1925 video.

Pran Nevile, the IFS officer who later turned into an esteemed writer about our culture and art before 1947, is the source of information for everyone in the country about old music and art. His articles get published in leading national dailies some or the other time.
This remains the first recorded Punjabi song found til now. And Master Madan was born in a sikh family at Khankhana distt. Nawanshahr, and in these songs, his Punjabi is impeccable. His brother and sister live in Shimla even today as I wrote above.
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Re: Master Madan, the first recorded child singer of Punjab

Postby simanpreet » April 11th, 2011, 4:05 pm

vadia jankari mili. thanks all
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Re: Master Madan, the first recorded child singer of Punjab

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Re: Master Madan, the first recorded child singer of Punjab

Postby Sukhjeet Brar » April 16th, 2011, 8:44 am

bai ji ehi topic hor chall reha .. jis vich ikk hi post hai.. usnu del. karo !!
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Re: Master Madan, the first recorded child singer of Punjab

Postby rkahlon » April 16th, 2011, 6:24 pm

Master Madan, 1927-1942, was one of the first recorded Punjabi singers. He was born in Khanna near Jalandhar in 1927 and was a popular ghazal, geet and bhajan singer. Only 8 of his recorded songs are available. Out of that, 2 are beautiful Punjabi songs. Below are his two Punjabi songs, thanks to Britishers. No one should try to copy it from here now, leave this poor guy who died young, leave his songs alone and pure and show some respect to history. Kise ne pata vee nahin keeta ehda, kise ne ehnu yaad nahin keeta zyaada, when people outside Punjab were celebrating him. If this has been posted already, I am sorry. The city of Khanna should celebrate him, who died at the age of 14.

He was given many gold medals right there and then. After that he and his elder brother toured all over India and collected many prizes from the rulers of many princely states. They sang in the famous Harvallabh Mela of Jalandhar city and later in Shimla. Reportedly, in the Shimla Sammelan, many notable singers had also come, but thousands were eager to listen to Master Madan only.

At the age of eight, he was a famous radio singer, singing mainly on Delhi radio station on Alipur road. His final public program took place in Calcutta at age 14. He sang, 'Vinati Suno Mori Avadhpur Ke Basiya' for 90 minutes with such beauty that the public refused to go home. Also 9 gold medals were announced by various patrons to be given to him. In those days, gold medals were really made of gold. He returned to Delhi and kept going to the Delhi radio station for about 3-4 months. Soon he started getting sick. Many remedies were tried but nothing helped.

In the summer of 1942, he went to Shimla, where his forehead, and joints started to shine unusually. He died on June 5, 1942 suffering a great deal of pain. It was suspected that he died of mercury poisoning. It is believed that a jealous singer gave him mercury in his milk. On his death, Shimla closed down and a huge gathering accompanied him on his last journey.

1. Ravi de parle kande ve mitra, vasda ae dil da chor

2. Baghan vich peenghaa payiaa...



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Re: Master Madan, the first recorded child singer of Punjab

Postby munda gurdaspuria » May 26th, 2011, 1:10 pm

nice topic
ਕਲਯੁਗ ਵਿਚ aproach ਜਰੂਰੀ ਏ,
ਤੇਰੇ ਤਕ ਪੁਹੰਚ ਹੈ ਨੀ ਮੇਰੀ ਮਜਬੂਰੀ ਏ,
ਨੀ ਮੈਂ ਬਾਗੀ ਤਾਬੀਆਤਾਂ ਦਾ ਮਾਲੀਕ,
ਨੀ ਤੇਰੀ ਸੋਚ ਸਰਕਾਰੀ ਏ,
ਤੇਰੇ ਆਸ਼ਕ਼ਾਂ ਦੀ ਲਈਨ ਬੜੀ ਲੰਮੀ ਏ,
ਅਖੀਰ ਵਿਚ ਮੇਰੀ ਵਾਰੀ ਏ...
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Re: Master Madan, the first recorded child singer of Punjab

Postby maheshks » December 27th, 2011, 1:50 am

He is known for his two beautiful gazals sung under the baton of Pandit Amarnath in 1935, elder brother of famous music directors Husnlal Bhagatram (They were originally from jaijon doaba). These gazals were released by the HMV in their centenary collection. The bols are:

1. Yoon naa reh rehkar hamein tarsaaiye;
and
2. Hairat se tak raha hai mujhe

You can find both these gazals uploaded on internet.

We cannot say that these were the first recorded punjabi songs by punjabi singers. I have punjabi songs recorded even earlier to these songs. About the same time time the great K.L Saigal also came out with two great punjabi gazals of his:

1. O sone saaqiya meri gali vee phera panda jaa
and
2. Maahi naal je aakh laad di kadi naa

Regarding the nav ratans of Akbar, the Punjab had given him another nav ratan who was a great economist. He was Raja Todarmal (before joining Akbar he was with Sher Shah Suri). The land reforms made by Todarmal were well known and he was the man who started the system of aana and paai which even Britishers did not change. It was sometime during 1956-57 that India adopted the system of Rupee and Paisa.
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