Daler Mehndi, born into the Mirasi community in Patna, Bihar on August 18, 1967 is an Indian singer, songwriter, author, and record producer. He is known as one of the hands behind making Bhangra popular worldwide, as well as Indian pop music independent of Bollywood music. However, he is best known for his dance songs, voice, turban, and long, flowing robes. His career started after he was sent to compete at the annual Voice of Asia International Ethnic Pop Music Contest at Azia Dynasys in Almaty, Kazakhstan where he represented India in 1994. Here he was judged second among two hundred contestants and upon his return, Magnasound signed Mehndi for a three-album contract for three years. Bolo Ta Ra Ra, Mehndi’s debt album, sold over 20 million copies. This album established Mehndi as a pop star, which also won him the Channel V’s Best Indian Male Pop Artist Award. Then in 1997, he released his third album Balle Balle, which got him Channel V Awards in six categories. Similar to his previous albums, This one also went multi-platinum. That same year, Mehndi composed and performed the popular track “Na Na Na Re” for the Bollywood film Mrityudaata, where he also featured on the big screen alongside Amitabh Bachchan. The film’s Bollywood soundtrack album sold 1.5 million units in India. Later, in 1998, he released the track “Tunak Tunak Tun,” which had a music video produced on a then unprecedented budget of 25 million Rupees. The song and video were a huge success in India, cementing Mehndi’s status as India’s biggest popstar at the time, before later becoming an international success. The album won him the award for Best Indian Pop Album at the 1998 Screen Awards. In addition to his music career, Mehndi has also seeked out several business ventures. His biggest one being the launch of his maiden Record Label ‘DRecords’ in the year 2000. The record label has several artists under its banner including Hussain Baksh and Safri Boys. However, throughout his career, Mehndi has also been a part of some controversy. Mehndi and six others were accused in 2003 of cheating people of large sums of money by falsely promising to take them to Western countries. He was sentenced to 2 years in prison and released on bail a few days after.
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