Legendary Punjabi singer Kuldeep Manak has died today after a short battle with pneumonia, it has been reported. The renowned singer had just celebrated his 62nd birthday on November 15th.
Ustad Kuldeep Manak had been suffering from kidney problems for some time, but was admitted to hospital in Ludhiana in the Punjab last week and was reportedly diagnosed with pneumonia.
The news was reported on BizAsia.co.uk this morning, and the singer’s Wikipedia page also states that Kuldeep Manak passed away on November 30th 2011, however there is yet to be any official word from the family or Kuldeep’s management to confirm the news of his passing.
Ustad Kuldeep Manak’s illustrious career in music began when the 17-year-old was chosen to sing alongside famed vocalist Seema in 1968. This proved to be Kuldeep’s lucky break and he went on to forge a successful career in the music industry racking up hit singles and albums and collaborating with other artists. During the bhangra star’s heyday in the 1980’s and 1990’s be developed a reputation for singing the traditional Punjabi genre of music known as Kaliyan.
Despite being in his 60’s, Ustad Kuldeep Manak’s desire to sing never faded and his most recent project saw him collaborate with established bhangra artist, Jazzy B on his new album Maharajas.
News of Kuldeep Manak’s sad demise is still filtering though to the Asian music world, however we anticipate the death of the legendary singer will have a huge impact on the Punjabi music industry as Manak’s talent inspired a generation of new artists.