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.