Master Saleem, an Indian singer from Punjab was born on July 13, 1982 to famous Sufi singer, Ustad Puran Shah Koti who was also the guru of fold singers, Hans Raj Hans, Jasbir Jassi as well as Sabar Koti. Thus, at the age of six, Saleem also became his disciple and started learning singing. At the age of seven, he gave his first public performance at the opening ceremony of Bathinda Doordarshan (TV station) with the song, Charkhe Di Ghook, which earned him the name Master Saleem. Soon he started appearing more on TV shows like Jhilmil Taare. Unlike most famous artists, Saleem released his first album, Charkhe Di Ghook at the young age of 10 years old. THis album went on to become a hit and led to several Punjabi music and religious albums and live shows. His song Dhol Jagiro Da also became a huge hit and giving him wide popularity. However, in the late 1990s, however as he was growing his voice started changing, which caused a decline in his popularity. He then made his comeback in 2000, with the Sufi song Aj Hona Deedar Mahi da, which he sang at a New Year’s programme at Doordarshan channel, and later released albums dedicated to Goddess Durga including, Mela Maiya Da (2004), Aj Hai Jagrata, Meri Maiya and Darshan Kar Lao. He made his debut as a playback singer in Bollywood when around 2005, he was introduced to music director Sandeep Chowta, who called him to Delhi to record single Sajni in the Sony Music album Teri Sajni. Eventually Shankar Mahadevan, member of the music trio Shanker-Ehsaan-Loy, heard one of his performances and invited him to sing the song “Mast Kalandar” from the film Heyy Babyy under their music direction. Throughout his career, Saleem has been best known for his work as a devotional singer and playback singer in Bollywood films such as Patiala House, Yamla Pagla Deewana, Dostana, and Love Aaj Kal. he has also released several private albums of the Punjabi music, Religious, as well as Sufi genres.
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