Thursday, June 5, 2008

Hard Kaur!

Taran Kaur Dhillon never understood what it was to be a twelve-year-old. Traumatic experiences took her to a cold U.K., where she was bullied around for her skin colour. Today, she is defining hip hop in India and the U.K."Nobody can bully me into singing what I hate. I eat, sleep, s*** hip hop and I want to keep it just that way", says the U.K.-based star popularly known as Hard Kaur, who is now defining hip hop music in India. Her frankness is the result of many nightmares she lived. You can't separate her bittersweet experiences from her lyrics. In India to promote her solo album Supa Woman (Saregama), she doesn't mince words about her difficult past. "Musically, the album defines what I have grown up listening to. It's a collection of what I am about. Everything is original and sets new standards. Lyrically, Supa Woman is about life, about what to expect while growing up", says Hard Kaur. While growing up, she never imagined she would perform hip hop. The image of a salwar-kameez clad girl with a flower in her hair ruled Hard Kaur's imagination. Life is not a bed of roses, she learnt quickly. Her mother, after being kicked out of her in-law's place, refused to take things lying down. She moved to a cold England after her husband's death in the 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms in India. At school, Hard Kaur was referred to as a "freshie" from India. She proved more than a point when she began dancing. Today, she is one of Britain's foremost women rap artistes. "It's the best way to express things close to one's heart. Tell people what you have been through. I don't accept anything lying down. Rap was my way out of the cage. It gave me a voice, power... an identity". Saregama made a brilliant choice when they came across Hard Kaur. However, Kaur also has her own label. "I have always done things independently and took care of my management. Striking a deal just for the sake of it never interested me. Unless I like what I see, how can take it up? Music is about enjoying creative freedom. On my label you do your kind of music. There are labels for bhangra artistes. But what if a desi living in the UK wants to record urban genres? Which label will sign him or her up? For them, there is my label. I develop artistes, turn them into hummingbirds". She is the same person whose "Move Your Body" (Johnny Gaddar) is on air. Hard Kaur has worked on her music independently and featured on global club hits including "Ek Glassy", which is still the number-one club anthem of India. Her songs are about a woman's place in a male-dominated world, with the urban desi experience thrown in. She is associated with Breakthrough, an organization working on HIV and domestic violence issues, and has written a song for women's empowerment. After singing on the Bollywood soundtrack for Johnny Gaddar, she is working on other projects with Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. She even got the opportunity to share the stage with stars like Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams! On her first solo record, Supa Woman, she works with promising international producers including 45 WAX, D-Boy, Urban, AC Burrell, Asif (Fusing Naked Beats) and Tigerstyle. The album is supported by three videos - Look For Me and Mumbai Deewana are directed by Sumit Dutt of Mise En Scene, while My Girls features Meera Sayal of Kumar's At 42 fame. Prior to the album, she released a four-track EP in the U.K. "Everything changes you. Watching my mother work hard has been a gruesome experience. Since the age of thirteen, I have been working with her. I am happy that I was bullied. It made me a tough person. I still work with my mother and clean the floor. Always remember where you come from". Hard Kaur is already touring the U.K. to promote her album. Soon, she will back in India to host a series of concerts. A U.S. tour is being planned for late November. [Courtesy: The Statesman]

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

listenn yeee......she may have her name as hard kaur bt shes a f***ing disrespect u dun no the meaning of the word KAURRR guru gobin singh jee blessed us wid such a wondaful name bt pple lyk uu just disrespect datt naaa naaa they ant happin u need to sort it out fix up look sharpe man coz at the end of the dayy yeee ur meant to b a SIKH bt u anttt actin lyk noo kaur ur more lyk actin lyk a "HOE" soz bt lyk dat truuuuuuu
tink bwt all them lil gals tht mite luk up too u i dun wnt no lil kaur being lyk u 4 shit mann!!!
is this wat sikhi taught u ??
is this wat guru gobind singh jee wnted u too be n if u cn answer them questions contince wat ur doin bt if nottt thn u gt alot of tinkin too do...and if u wnna knw hu this iss yeee well lemme tel u sutin yee i dun ma research of sikhi i got to wer i am todayi may b yunga den u bt trustt sis for me to take amrit i knw wat i'm takin bwt
SORT IT OUTTT
xxHardeep kaur khalsa jeexx

Anonymous said...

eh yo..Hkaur.....ignore the abv comment...someonez got issuez!!...i dont think itz ment 4 u....jus keep doin what u doin....
keep up da good work!!
-- ®ÊÁ£Î§TKΣ£ÂŽ

Ruchir said...

hey Gurpreet,

It was good to read your blog...You write awesome !!! I just started blogging and its really nice to write something when there is nothing much to do around... I have just tagged you in my blog, hope you won't mind :-)

Keep writing.. good work !!!

Regards,
Ruchir

parvinder said...

u r great singer but do nat fargate punjab and punjabi cultur

Anonymous said...

YOUR A FUKIN HOE!!

Anonymous said...

Hardeep, did Sikhi teach you to be judgmental or critisize others? Hard Kaur is an inspiration to many Sikh and non-Sikh girls out there. What have you done to inspire others? I don't think that people that take amrit are any better than the rest of the bunch. Researching Sikhi and becoming amritdhari doesn't make one a good person or a positive role model. I think you need to start respecting others, the way Guru Gobind Singh taught us to do, and follow the age old phrase "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all".

RKS

Nash said...

heya
i from maritius, i just want to have an email add coz my company is planning to have a concert in mauritius my email add is nashentertainment@hotmail.com

shall be grateful if you could contact me as soon as possible.

Regards
N.A.S.H Entertainment

sonal said...

mahnnn wat 2 say about u u r just awesome and 2day i saw ur jhalakdikhlajas 1st episode u danced lyk a princess oopps sorry lyk a''''.p.u.n.k..''''''. & u r a awesome singer 2

Anonymous said...

oye naam me kya rakhkha hai. just do ur work .

dolién said...

yo i need her album, her voice is so unique, can anyone tell me her album link

Anonymous said...

At least she is better than those sikhs who completely transform them self into firangs when they go out of india . U rock Hard kaur

my life....no secrets...... said...

fuck off u religious jerks.....hardy or taran dhillon rocks shes d best........hard kayr aka taran dhillon....i propose u to marry me.......love u....
harmanjot singh
lamme_harman@yahoo.co.in

Anonymous said...

hard kaur iis sooo cute! really cool voice and bad ass raps and songs...lemme see ya go down low!
x
Zain

the damned said...

u r a real champ don't listen to these over relegious ass holes keep on going


i wanna hear more of u............
so please continue

------->jagjeet singh dhillon

the damned said...

u r a real champ don't listen to these over relegious ass holes keep on going


i wanna hear more of u............
so please continue

------>>>jagjeet singh dhillon

Anonymous said...

I had a negative opinion about Hard Kaur initially. However, my opinion changed after reading about her background, I can say that she is truly a hard Kaur.

davon said...

look at the way u talkin if u such a good sikh u shud talk wit respect u bitch :P hard kaur is so bad an she doin her thing an makin her monies so u all ya'll :P

an if u want more of a debate suck my dick :P

Kamal said...

I love you hard kaur.


From Dharammm.......

Anonymous said...

Hard Kaur/Dhillon...its her choice to call herself wt she wants...who is any1 to judge any1?...rightfully said..."if uve nuthin gud2say thn shut up!!"...being a kaur deserves respect and ur words dnt huh?...atleast shez a better person wears wt she wants duz wt she likes..shez movin on...where da hell r u? wt r u doin?

Girl u do it ri8...becoz u do it ur way...strai8 4m da heart and out dere...best wishes!!

Anonymous said...

http://www.friedeye.com/2011/02/01/fighting-it-out-hard-kaur/
check what she had to fight to become Hard Kaur

Anupreet said...

hey ur amazing...and ur m soo inspired by u...god bless and hope u go soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo far in life...and ignore allll those JEALOUS LOSER comments ppl give u... u rock and so does ur name

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K P said...

heyyy Hard Kaur .. im good fan of you... i love spending week end night with ur songs - we start our week end with ur songs. :) so plz kep up ur good work need to so much more then this rock the world..

thanks with best regards .. one your best fan/frnd wna meet u say hello..

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luv kaur said...

when u dont know to respect a woman then who d hell r u to speak abt others...being a sikh , u used all d bloody words for her then how did u become a gud sikh....n who n how d hell u can say to her when u r not a gud fellow to ur sikh community....first look into ur character then think of thinking others...u r shamed to be a sikh...useless fellow....

Harpreet said...

amrit doent mean we got the autority to comment on people vaheguru has given us endurance power to preserve and follow sikhi it is not muhtaj of people like hard kaur following it or a girl claiming to be true sikh sikhi is unique only one out of millions is a true sikh of sri guru govind sigh ji maharaj like bhai kanai ji who see guru govind singh in enimies even so pls you all be true sikhs instead of comenting on each other wgjkk wgjkf

Harpreet said...

harsdeep ki asi guru govind singhji maharaj di siki da theka lea laya vee mai v thodi tra panth lai badi tension lenda sa par maharaj nay aap bhud baksh kay aa covey kita kii kaurs tan udo kadiya nai hoiya jado maharaj nay shees mangey see una aa tay nai see kya ki mainu sirf bandeya day hi seesh chahiday nay taa aaj tay jyada westernisation ho chuki hai tay sikhi bare aena sochan vali jay koi kudi is yug vich v moojud hai tan mainu yakeen hai harsh ji guru govind singh ji di sikhi nu koi nai mita skda mai tvanu salut karda han ina baki kaura nu v panth bare sochna chahida yaa naa ki galt kam nu justify karna . tusi is panth vich peda hoiya ho a sab to vadi bkshis hai babe nanak di thode ute wgjkk wgjkf

Anonymous said...

Such an inspiring blog by you.. Good Job.. U always rock..God bless you !!

Anonymous said...

Omg harpreet get a life! Hard kaur rocks at least she's done something to come up in life and has so man ppl who love her music! What have u done that ppl are talking about lol!