He was working as an assistant professor in mechanical engineering department but had a keen interest in music. One day (in 2017), a video where he was singing with his friends got viral on social media and next thing he knew he was getting calls from music companies asking him for an official release. Life changed overnight. He had his first song 10 Saal Zindagi produced by White Hill Music and there has been no looking back.
Three years later and six songs old, Gur Chahal has made the right use of this time. Writing songs, creating music and now working on their videos, he has kept himself busy and positive.
What is the biggest strength of the Punjabi community?
I think Punjabis are the most reliable people. They believe in God and are soft-hearted people. We Punjabis feel the pain of others and stand by them. The whole world will vouch for it.
Punjab is rich in folk tradition. Is there a story/song that you love the most?
I love folk music. There are so many folk songs I like but the composition and feel of soohevecheerewalya is very special.
Who are you closest to, where do you find strength in tough times?
I think I am closest to myself. In tough times, instead of relying on others’ suggestions, I stand in front of a mirror and talk to myself and that helps me gather my thoughts and gives me the strength to deal with the situation.
How was growing up in Chahalanwala, Mansa? Any memories that you can share from your growing up days?
I was born and brought up in this village. For more than 15 years we lived in a joint family. Having too many cousins, uncles and aunts was very special. I cherish that about my growing up in a village.
What kept you positive during this lockdown?
During the lockdown I learnt many skills, cooking is one of them. I made sure to stay positive and make right use of the time.
What do you like the most about being a singer?
As a singer, I love my job. It’s my profession and passion. I love doing it. When you earn money and people give you so much appreciation and love you as well, I don’t think there is anything more one can ask for.
What are you working on these days?
I am working on many projects these days as I’ve already written many songs during the lockdown! Some songs are even ready to release.
What kind of music do you like? Who do you wish to work with?
I like all kinds of music, depending on my mood. I wish to work in the Punjabi film industry and especially with director Jagdeep Sidhu.
What are the three things that you learnt from this lockdown?
I think I’ve learnt how important our family is. I have never been with them for such a long time because of busy schedules. It was a difficult phase but I could enjoy it because I was with my family.
OTT platforms saw a major spike during this lockdown. Do you think it is the future of entertainment?
Yeah, I think such platforms helped us a lot during the lockdown. It is so easily accessible and cheap that I don’t see it going anywhere. It will only grow.
Which Punjabi film is close to your heart and why?
Punjabi movie Kismet starring Ammy Virk and Sargun Mehta and directed by Jagdeep Sidhu. The concept is so close to my heart.
Three prominent places you would recommend your friends to visit in Punjab?
The Golden Temple, Punjabi University (where I studied) and a good dhaba.
Name the best place to eat authentic Punjabi food outside Punjab.
Pranthas on the way to Delhi.
On your wish list is?
To go on a world tour, work with every music director.
One thing about Punjab and Punjabis that you like the most?
We Punjabis are very reliable.
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