Pammi Bai

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Pami Bai
ਪੰਮੀ ਬਾਈ
Birth nameParamjit Singh Sidhu
Also known asBhangre Da Sher
BornJakhepal, Sangrur, Punjab, India
Genres Punjabi
choreographer – bhangra
Years active1980–present
LabelsFolk Studio

Paramjit Singh Sidhu (Punjabi : ਪਰਮਜੀਤ ਸਿੰਘ ਸਿੱਧੂ), professionally known as Pami Bai, is an Indian singer, songwriter and Bhangra dancer from Patiala. [1]


He is considered as one of the most notable figures in the world of Punjabi music specialising in the traditional folk dance of Punjab; Bhangra. [2] Since 1987, he gained national attention with the song "Ashke." Since then, he has gone on to record 12 albums, [3] and has performed internationally with his band. [4] [5] He was given the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award on 4 October 2016 by President Pranab Mukheerjee at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi for his contribution to the world of Punjabi folk music. [6]

Early life

He was born in Jakhepal in the district of Sangrur, Punjab, India to Sardar Partap Singh Baghi. During his childhood days his inclination towards Bhangra, the folk dance of Punjab, increased and started participating in various school functions. Later during his college days he participated in Inter-University functions, and pursued it to become the Dance Director of Bhangra. [7] While he was doing his M.A. he started singing amateurishly. In 1982 he recorded his first song Nachdi Jawani. In coming years, he went over to 20 countries to perform as a bhangra dancer and folk singer. [4] [8] He was also involved in Theatre acts and performed on Ram Lilla stages as comedy artists during free time.

Music career

He recorded his first audio cassette in 1987, along with the late Narinder Biba. Then he recorded an audio cassette with Surinder Kaur, a renowned TV and radio artist. One of his songs was recorded by Jagjit Singh in his audio cassette released in 1991. Two of his songs were recorded by Music Today. He has worked with music directors like Surinder Bachan, Charanjit Ahuja, Kuljit singh, Pandit Jawala Parshad and Ved Sethi. However the real break for him came with music director Kuljit Singh the release of "Ji ne jan nu karda" and "Rangli Dunia Ton", His album Nach Pauni Dhamal was released in 2005, followed by the Aman Hayer produced Punjaban in 2009. The title song from the album Punjabian Di Balle Balle featured a video that originated in the Punjab [9] He has since released the album Jugni and Diamond Sohniye (2015). [1]


In 1989, he organised his first cultural performance on the Indian Independence day, and in subsequent years he visited many European countries. [10] In 2004 at Cultural Presentation in the World Punjabi Conference held at Lahore, Pakistan he was one of the few delegates who had gone to represent India. [8] [11] Later in 2007 he went on to the tour of USA, for various cultural shows. [4] After working as chief judge in the World Punjabi Folk Dances Competitions held at Toronto during the year 2009, he was invited again to perform in 2014. [12]

Music style and instruments

Pami Bai is an adept of Punjabi folk music and his songs include the traditional music instruments of toomba, algoza, toombi, sarangi, wanjli, bugdu, been, dhadd, dholki, dhol, ghara, chimta, dafli and dhoru. [7] [13] His songs include various Bhangra forms like Jhoomar, Malwai, Giddha, Dhandas. He is widely known to be a guardian of old Punjabi culture, and mother tongue Punjabi where in this time the Punjabi music industry is influenced by western culture. [13]


YearAlbumRecord labelInfoMusic
1987Ankhi Sher Punjab DeSimran VideoTracks 8Ved Sethi
1989Amrit Baaja Wale DaSimran VideoTracks 8Jwala Prasad
1993Jawani Awaazaan MaardiCattrack ChandigarhTracks 8Varinder Bachan
1994Majje Malwe DuabeSaga DelhiTracks 8Charanjit Ahuja
2000Dance With Pammi BaiHMVTracks 8Charanjit Ahuja
2002Nach Nach Pauni DhammalHMVTracks 8Kuljit Singh
2003Giddha Malwaian DaT-SeriesTracks 8Kuljit Singh
2005Nachde PunjabiFineTouchTracks 8Kuljit Singh
2006Putt Punjabi – Son of Punjab [14] FrankfinnTracks 10Kuljit Singh
2007Dhol Te Dhamaalan [15] FrankFinnTracks 10Kuljit Singh
2009PunjabanT-SeriesTracks 8Aman Hayer
2011Punjabiyan Di Balle BalleVajhali RecordsTracks 8Kuljit Singh /Harjeet Guddu
2013JugniLive Folk StudioTracks 10Popsy/Kuljit Singh /Harjeet Guddu
2015Diamond SohniyeJass RecordsTracks 11Gurmeet Singh
2017The 37th Chapter Of Pammi Bai T-Series Tracks 12Gurmeet Singh, Aman Hayer, Jaidev Kumar & Rupin Kahlon

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