“I’m Never In 2 Minds I Get This Guidance From Gurbani” Kaka Mohanwalia

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The famous Kaka Mohanwalia

 

Who Is Kaka?

That’s a hard one! Hes a loser! (laughing)  I would describe myself as someone who is driven beyond control. I feel that I don’t make my decisions, they are made from within me. I’m really never in 2 minds I get this guidance from Gurbani about not being in dubida (2 minds). This isn’t me making up what I want to be or me portraying myself as some great person. If you had asked me this question 7 years ago it would be very different, would be saying I like going out and having fun. That’s not me anymore. That person died on the 21st August 2009. Now everything is the opposite. If I ever get in 2 minds my inner feelings inside me chops that. I’m very decisive as I feel it’s not me making the decisions, whether it’s right or wrong its all in Guru’s hands. That’s what I follow. The thing is my ego will say to me I’m this and I’m that but truthfully I’m just a person learning day by day about so much. 

Other than that I’m a normal guy, I go to work every day and I’m married and I have 2 sons;  Angad and Amar who are named after the 2nd and 3rd Guru Sahib ji’s respectively. 

 

Where did the name Kaka Mohanwalia come from?

My name is Sundip Singh Khakh. I was the youngest in my family and so I was called Kaka by my family at home and it just stuck with my family and friends all the way from childhood to now. Kids often laugh at my nickname and it can be a good icebreaker when I turn up for serious meetings with serious people! As for Mohanwalia,  Mohanwal is my pind in India.

 

What’s your day job?

I will give you a bit of background. When I had finished college, I went to New York for a year to study Microsoft Certified Systems. I qualified as a certified Microsoft engineer. I studied the system and got in to IT which I love. My job gives me routine and I don’t think I would stop doing this no matter how successful other ventures run. I am very grateful to have a technical skills attribute and I strongly encourage youngsters to learn and develop.

 

So back in the day you was very musical, do you still play any instruments?

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I don’t perform on stage as such any more, I’m now more involved in conceiving ideas for Dharam Seva Records projects and working on commercial shows and films. 

I used to play Dhol and Dholki for many many years and I’ve travelled the world like a stray dog thanks to these beautiful instruments.  It began from a Mandir leading on to a great friendship with Aman Hayer and practicing in a railway bunker for an artist name Saabz and playing with Aman for KS Makhan live until I got the opportunity to play for the legend Jazzy B.  I always only performed with 1 artist (Rather than play anywhere and everywhere) as I felt the need for loyalty. With Jazzy I was his backup to the great Billy Machine Gun.  Then Sukshinder Shinda Bhaji launched his career as a singer and I spent 15 years performing with him around the globe.

(Below Kaka playing the dhol with Sukhshinder Shinda and Jazzy B) 

Then I decided to stop performing altogether but was called back into the scene by Tru-skool to be part of Diljit Dosanjh’s live band.  

The Diljit Dosanjh Ft. Truskool band turned out to be the biggest concert stages i’d ever performed at as Diljit’s shows just sold out on another level.

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Tru Skool’s Live Band at the Back to Basic Tour feat Kaka Mohanwalia and Diljit Dosanjh
My other passion was singing and I also stopped that.  Many people ask me why did I stop?  Its very easy for me to be a singer and to release my own music videos and tracks but the reason I stopped was because I wasn’t fully comfortable being part of a system where I couldn’t give my all.  Singing takes a lot of practice and for me if I wasn’t going to learn a lot deeper to the very best of my ability its better I stopped.  I was very encouraged by mentors like Aman Hayer, Sukshinder Shinda, Jazzy B when I did sing but for me when I came into Sikhi it all changed.  I’d performed singing live infront of crowds of thousands in UK and internationally.  I have experienced when your voice fails infront of 1000 people through to dancing like a donkey on stage (he laughs).   From having aspirations of being a singer and being well on course to achieve that my inner self awakened for things which were a lot more important.  I moved on to sing Dharmik tracks and recorded for Revolution Records with Gupsy Aujla and for Popsy on Moviebox Records but I soon realised that being in the limelight isn’t what drove me.  Everything was changing within.  Your one of the first people I’m actually telling all this too (laughs)

Today I try to guide younger artists on conceptions which are created and delivered and then released under Dharam Seva Records by the team.  I don’t want to be on a stage or publicised I’d rather publicise Our Gurus Teachings in the same methods a music track is done.  This is my new found home in music and it’s beautiful having to study Gurbani with an end presentation.  I wouldn’t change it for the world.

 

You used to drink back in the day, what was the reason’s you stopped?

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Kaka back in the day singing and dancing in Austraila Sydney

There isn’t just one reason for this question. The answer to this question for me is when you get that epiphany or self-discovery in who you are you finally realise why you are here and who you want to be. As soon as anyone gets to that point they will stop what they are doing no matter what, and they will follow what their inner self says. For me, I used to follow the crowd and I was happy doing that. Don’t get me wrong at that time I felt I enjoyed it but the minute you discover that part of yourself, your true self changes. Now I haven’t discovered myself even 20% yet but 20% is enough for me to give my life to find the remaining part.  All I know now is that I have no desire to drink. It was a continuous loop for me.  All I knew was Friday night time for beer and a good time.  But it was all just a very temporary fix for trying to find peace.  It was an escape from reality.  I wasn’t an alcoholic by any means but yes I used to binge drink and life was anchored by alcohol as a significant part of my life.  So the reason for stopping was because I did not want to waste my life just drinking away and inside I wanted to be a Sikh of Guru Nanak.

Have you always been into your Sikhi?

I have always had a spiritual experience. 

My spirituality entrance was all via the beat of the Dholki.  This is is my big connection.  Music takes you into spiritual realms.  Hence the importance I’ve come to learn about Kirtan and this explains why Gurbani is in Raag Form.  There’s a deep connection.

Anyway, so some of my family began to go to a Mandir in UK where it was very superstitious led.  When going there as a 7/8 year old I connected to something. It wasn’t the Godman, it wasn’t the fear installed in these places and it wasn’t the brainwash techniques.  It was the rhythm of the Dholki to the Peta (sermons) of Baba Balak Nath.  I connected to the sound and techniques of a Dholki player called Joginder Hayer and by watching him and mirroring his actions I taught myself over 3 years to become a fluid dholki player.  Soon they saw my enthusiasm and they put me in as Joginder Hayers Junior.  Soon I was playing Dholki for 6 hours at Jagrata all night at the age of 11.  Naturally, I also captured and caught some of the concepts that were taught here.  So I saw a lot of idol worship of statues but something within didn’t make sense.  Maybe because my mum never used to go there as she was into just Sikhi one half of me always questioned the antics that were happening.

As for Sikhi I clearly saw a lot of Anti-Sikh practices when I was growing up around this Mandir and they used to freak me out.  I remember the faster I was playing the beat the faster they were trying to get a so-called ghost out of the women.  It was a freaky experience for a child to see this.  But as I grew older and as I got exposed to Sikhi it was clear that all these things are pakhand and people just don’t know any better.  It’s a process of brainwash behind a big financial religious system.  All this was part of my journey and I would do it all again if I could as it makes you into who you are.

On the contrary when I used to go to the Gurdwara, as my mum and grandmother were Amritdhari (baptised Sikhs) I used to feel something totally different. Most kids I think can relate to this, but when you see the pictures of the Shaheed’s, those images used to trigger thoughts inside me. So that was on going for me. That was the real deal for me. I remember thinking whatever I was feeling was real and I will be coming back here but I had to go through my journey to get there. It’s not about religion. It’s about understanding also.  There were many good people in the mandir many clean hearted people just as there are in a gurdwara good and bad. The problem was the foundation.  They had no reference point.  No bani to guide them.

This is why Sikhi is so special.  It’s verified by Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji all these other places are not.  They are just some human beings master financial plan.  Gurbani clearly isn’t.  Gurdwaras today are but Gurbani never was and never will be just a financial plan.

But Sikhi I have 100% always felt something so different around it.  Something so pure and so warm.  Just that photo of our Gurus is enough for the first feeling of warmth.  Yet that photo may not even look anything like them but it’s the devotion of generations which is so warm.  Then this leads you to the ultimate.  The very words of Our Gurus.  Once the connection completes here into the words (Shabad)  BANG it’s in your bloodstream day and night.

I truly love Sikhi is my answer. 

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You used to be quite self centered and you have been quite vocal about that, what did you mean?

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Kaka back in the day

Yes. I was only thinking about me. Me only. I was only thinking about fun. Fun for me was replacing and doing things that you think will make you happy in a short time frame. So for example, I am going out tonight and drink with my friends and have fun.  But you aren’t having fun you are preparing yourself for the depressing time after your fun. My understanding was just have fun and not care about anything else. I used to get into more fights than most.  It may have been too many Sanjay Dutt films as I grew up I don’t know (laughing)  I used to have a massive ego and ego is still there but a bit more tamed.  Gurbani tames it if you apply the shabad.  But I’m still not a great person I’m a bad person.   I used to go out and be ready for a fight. I felt I acquired a bit of a reputation about fighting and people may have said Oh yeah he’s hard or tough etc. I was always into weight training as well. I always had a thing where I never backed down and confrontation never phased me.  All of this was happening because my ego was enjoying the depiction of being a hard guy.  If anyone was getting bullied I used to step in though.  One thing I really still cannot watch is anybody ganging up on one person. I was known for all this and arrested many a time related to these incidents. As you can see I have scars on my face and I have stab wounds on my chest. I was involved in endless kinds of brawls. But that was all down to my ego. Nothing to be proud of.  But at the time I think I was dumb and just a bit of an animal.  Many people remind me of that animal.  I will give you an example when I was in New Zealand with Sukhshinder Shinda for a big live show.  In the middle of the show, some Kabaddi players started to shout and scream abuse to some elder ladies through the show. I ended up stepping in and dropping some big guys which led to the venue calling the show off at half time with 2000 people in the crowd.  I was a bit of a nut job, to be honest, and sometimes that nut job comes back inside me. There was nothing good about that. My ego was to blame. Its nothing for me to be proud of but seeing that you asked that’s the truth. 

Below is Kaka performing in Canada (a dark horse)

 

Your Nani passed away when you was quite young and in front of you and that she was a massive part in your life, can you tell me about that?

Yes, this was on my 21st birthday. My Nani she brought me up. I always used to think how will I ever cope when she passes away. But you have to accept that its life and it made me who I am today.  I was always very scared and hated the word, ‘death’. Whenever a death occurred, I would be alien towards it and could not get my head around it. The philosophy of “Khao Piyo Aish Karo Mitro Dil Par Kisseh Da Dukhayo Na” just didn’t add up for some reason. Death is something all of us cannot get away from and this I think plays a part in people changing their lives. This triggered a lot in me and in Gurbani. I started to think about life and what is life. I used to think the person who cared for me and looked after me most of my life along with my parents, she also took me to school and held my hand was no more.  So it happened and I dealt with it.  My Nani was a big pillar in our family. This is where my connection to Gurbani had started a little bit more. My Granddad was in the army, he was one of the first people in Leamington who came here to the UK very early and he was very well known. I learnt Punjabi fluently from my Nani and also as I used to go to India a lot when I was a child with her. I learnt a lot from her.  

Who is your role model/ inspiration?

Well, that’s a hard one. Over the years it has changed. When you are younger everyone has popstar’s they look up too I can’t think of anyone (laughing) But today there is no doubt in my mind, the one I look at for inspiration deeply in which I apply in my life that’s through Shabad (Words Of Guru Nanak). It’s only the Shabad. I’m not just saying this as an answer to this question. I really mean it, it’s my inspiration. When you see what the Guru’s are talking about but you have to have that mind set also. The fact you are asking me these questions you are making me think about God/Gurus. It makes me think about my soul. Its all about trying to get closer to Waheguru. The words in Gurbani are my guide today and I can reference every move in my life with some form of guidance from Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. 

 

You grew up listening to Sukhshinder Shinda, you stated he was your idol?

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Yes I mean musically he was brilliant. I used to listen to him all the time. I mean then I ended up playing with him. Sukshinder Shinda was my greatest idol. I grew up waiting for his albums to be released. I read every cassette and album inlay and was inspired more than I can explain by him. I am so into my bhangra music. I performed in his band for 15 years and I never at that time played with anyone else apart from Jazzy B. I was very loyal.  People today just see the singer Sukshinder Shinda and don’t fully understand the depth of this person as a musical talent.  I used to listen to his music all the time then I ended up playing with him. 

I always had great mutual respect for Aman Hayer who I learned so much with. He remains a key figure and credit to my musical influences. Somehow whoever my inspirations have been musically I have played with them or ended doing something musically with them and they have ended up in my life.

My basic understanding of rhythm instilled the passion to respect and admire Aman Hayer and Sukshinder Shinda’s talents.  I mean somehow whoever my inspirations have been musically I have played with them or ended doing something musically with them and they have ended up in my life. 

 

In your own words why did you go into the Sikhi Path and why did you take Amrit?

Amrit was a commitment. I wanted to take it to change my life. I wanted to fight my inner self and try and remember my Guru as much as I can. To go into the Sikhi path was a no brainer for me. I was thinking what is life? People go out and drink and fair play to the people who do that. It’s their choice. I am open-minded and not judgemental as I have been there.  If you go deeper to what the Guru’s have written in Gurbani it’s all there. If I hadn’t done this I would have never got the deep connection to Gurbani if I was still in that lifestyle. If you really want to make a commitment to your Guru, you really want to make that step then you really have to be sure. 

What were your worries about taking Amrit?

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How will I tie a dastaar (Guru took care of this)
How can I stop drinking (Guru took care of this)
I need to eat so much meat for weight training etc how will I stop that (Guru took care of this)
It felt emotional as it was like my old me was going to die. (Guru took care of this)
So much responsibility, so many rules (Guru took care of this)

 

In your word press article, there was one part that really stood out for me. When you did maatha teekh (bowed down) at Harmandir Sahib (Golden temple) you cried. Can you tell me what happened and your emotions in this process?

 It wasn’t even a cry, I was sobbing out of control. I have been Harmandir Sahib many times as a child where we went and did mattha teekh and that was it. It was a formality. Visually you are taken aback by the water. The audio you can hear the kirtan. You are instantly going to feel better. Your senses are instantly changing when you go to Harmandir Sahib. As soon as I went there I could not control the sobbing coming from within. It was my soul thanking Guru Ji for pulling me out the kaljug ridden world and giving me this chance. It feels like I did something in my previous lives and this is the reward for that. Now I went alone, I always say you are born alone and you die alone. When I go now I like to go by myself I like to be alone. I have been with my wife and children. But even when I go with them I need time where I get that alone time where it’s just me. The truth of it is we are alone no matter how many people we have around us. I went on my own and it wasn’t planned. Where ever my feet were taking me I was going. I remember walking in and it’s like someone who has been away for 28 years and he has returned home. That was what the feeling was. It was one of the strongest emotions I have ever had and I can’t explain how deep that connection was. I get them that my previous self had died. 

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When did you take Amrit and why?

With the grace of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, along with my brothers, Waheguru Blessed us to begin our journey in Sikhi with Amrit at Kesgarh Sahib on Wednesday 22nd February 2010. It has been 7 years since I took Amrit. The thing is. It’s an ongoing thing its not the end. It’s the starting point. Life changes and so does your experiences. What I don’t like is how Amrit is pushed on people sometimes. That is not the right thing to do. What Amrit is about for me is about being decisive. If you are reading Gurbani and read deeply what the Guru’s have written there is commitment there. If you feel it within you then you are ready. 

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What is your favourite Kirtan?

Any Kirtan is my favourite, as it is the truth. When kirtan is sung in rhythm its sounds so good but more than the sound it is the words and their meanings which matter to me, the authors of those words. So, Sab hi badiya is my answer for this.

 

When did you start reading Paat?

I committed to reading paat the day I decided to become a Singh. On the 21st of August 2009 to be precise.  It began a commitment but slowly it evolves to become part of survival in this temporary world. 

It didn’t matter what anybody else in the world said, the message that Guru Nanak Dev Ji had sent me was the only truth I would ever accept again from there onwards. As the weeks went on I never missed Japji Sahib Paat no matter what I would at least listen to the Japji Sahib Paat daily.

 

What does your Dastaar mean to you?

My Dastaar for me is my vow to not let the sacrifices of My Gurus, Peers, Fakirs, Gurmukhs, Gurbhais and ancestors ever to be forgotten or discarded in my remaining time here on Earth.  It is a constant reminder to me for my purpose in life.  That purpose being obtaining some form of “Naam Praapati” – That’s the only thing we take with us and is engrained into our hearts.  – Jini Naam Dyahya Gai Musaghat Gaal Nanak Teh Mukh Oujleh Keti Shuti Naal

 

Once you had taken Amrit, and you have your Dastaar and kept your Dhari (beard) did you notice people change around you?

Yes. My circle of friends at that time would naturally would find it very hard to understand what was going on. God Bless Them.  What I found is that a lot of people would drag you back. Saying things like this guy used to drink, this guy used to go out. I mean I was a party animal but I felt people were kind of saying I wasn’t allowed to better myself. The problem was when you change you may inspire others. So I went ahead and did it and it had an effect on a few other guys also. It followed through over a few months. The ones who supported me and stood by me I still remember them. Especially the ones who encouraged me it showed me they understood. But I also understand the people who didn’t want me to change, as they liked me as a friend. It’s a selfish game everyone is out for themselves. So people who liked my drinking didn’t want me to stop drinking as they liked that person as I know I was a laugh to be around. I had to do what I had to do within. People say oh he is the same person. But I always say you are always going to be the same person. You never change but your actions are different. Anybody who changes and becomes a Kesdhari will relate to what I’m saying here.  But I don’t blame those people as they just were acting as per what they knew.  Knowledge is the end all of everything and you cant educate the masses.  You just go with what your inner soul wants.  Those people didn’t change, I changed but they may have found the change hard to accept.  Therefore all negativity will be thrown at you, just keep following the inner guide.  Everybody is rightfully just acting as per what they know is best.

 

You say your biggest obstacle when had taken Amrit was your work place. In what way was it hard?

Yes at that time my minds biggest obstacle was my workplace for sure. I work in an office of 500 non-Sikhs in Warwick. There was not one Kesdhari Sikh in the offices and I had worked there for 3 years. At work I would try and mix in, getting embarrassed when anything Indian came up. I used to think how will I go into work with my hair and beard, at that time all the terrorist attacks had happened. That was a concern for me. But that was it, it didn’t take me long to get over it. Any challenges I just overcome now. The decisive person comes into play.

 

Have you ever received any negativity?

Yes, I see many people being negative for different reasons but I just think let them be and let them continue. Negativity can be a good thing if it’s transformed into positivity.  Everything is Hukam whatever it may be.  My guiding shabad in life which really comes on inside me is Hukameh Andar Sab Ko Bahar Hukam Na Koi from Japji Sahib.

 

Why was Dharam Seva Records set up? What was the main purpose?

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The purpose is very different now to when it was set up originally. At that time I had this inner feeling that I really need to do this. I have a passion for music and Kirtan. I wanted to be involved in being a charity organisation that does not ask for donations. In the years after becoming a Singh a vision which Guru Sahib Ji gifted took form. Dharam Seva Records was formed as a registered charity. Dharam Seva Records is a Nishkam 100% voluntary charity registered in the UK which just used music to ‘Preserve the Past & Inspire the Future’. Having completed hundreds of projects this is my true passion in life combining music and Sikhi. But we work voluntarily and we don’t ask for anything in return just that we want to serve Gurbani. In India, I learnt music labels were using Gurbani as money making tool which really hurt me. I don’t want to sell Gurbani for money and for a living which is why I don’t give up my day job. This is what the industry has become. But there are labels in India who have no interest in Sikhi or the shabad it’s about the money. They release spiritual music to make money. That was one of the reasons why we set up Dharam Seva Records where we give more quality and attention to the kirtan and the work behind it. Then we have no personal gain from it. Our names are not on there also. Today we are working on projects to learn from them.  We are not trying to teach as such we are learning ourself.  

I’d like to pay a big amount of respect to the team behind Dharam Seva Records without whom it would not be possible to run.

Bill Mato, Gagan Singh, Jarnail Khalsa, Harnam Nijjar, Tony Kale, Parminder Mangat (Germany), Jassi Grewal (New Zealand) Billu Khakh, Honey Vee, Deep Bawa, Muninder Dhaliwal, Roops Chahal, Raj Singh, Gursimran Singh, Manveer Singh Mani, Karanjit Singh, Vikram Singh, Ash Johal, Manraj Pooni, and countless other supporters and helpers across the world.

Why the name Dharam Seva Records?

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The reason for the name is, Gurbani is telling us that there is one Dharam. One cosmic law of Dharam. I love all faiths. We stand by our Sikh’s also. You don’t judge. I understand there is good and bad in everyone. 

 

You and Bill Mato are co-founders of Dharam Seva Records- How did you guys meet?

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Kaka and Bill have been like brother’s since childhood

Bill and I have known each other since school.   Not only Bill but the whole Dharam Seva Records team are my family connected by our mindsets.  We have always been intertwined with each other somehow. Bill is always just there. Through good times and bad he has been there but not only that, his merits are his hard-working nature and his passion to help the poor and needy.  Bill is responsible for any Seva which is carried out in India or abroad. He’s also a very talented Assistant Director and Line Producer in video production as he showed in The El Sueño video shoot.  We have always been close. Bill is a really hard worker and he had similar life goals as me. Bill has a good heart and a passion to help which is a special quality.  The rest of our team are all amazing brothers as well.

 

Now you like the artists take front stage and you like to be in the background. Why is that?

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I prefer to stay in the background.  We promote movies, music and shows.  It’s not hard for me to help splash somebody all across the world on TV and radio as I am constantly working with those Media, TV & Radio organisations.  To me, it’s just work and I prefer to keep a low profile.  Naturally, with the line of this work, you get recognition but it’s a byproduct of the work.

 

Your children obviously watch what you do and pick up things do you think that’s true?

My elder son does mirror me at times. Every night I read him stories of Sikh history.  A really proud moment for me was just the other day.  I asked Angad what he does at playtimes and he replied to me that sometimes he goes off on his own and tries to do Japji Sahib until he gets stuck and forgets the words.  This really was a special moment for me as I know he picked this up inspired by what Guru Nanak Dev Ji used to do at school as I told him this story a few months ago.  It is true children mirror their parents.

( I found this so inspiring that a little boy really looks up to his dad and watches what he does and the fact he wants to learn this by himself shows the impact Gurbani can have on anybody. I had to write this part in my blog, as soon as Kaka mentioned it I was like this has to go in.)

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You have worked with many artists such as Manika Kaur, what was that like?

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Kaka and Manika Kaur

Manika and I were introduced by a friend. Manika has the same vision as we do. Kirtan For Causes is inspirational. She is a good friend now and she is very active in her projects and we will always help her with anything. We met through the grace of Guru Ji. I am now working with people who inspire me and wants to do good in the world. 

 

How did you end up working with Diljit Dosanjh and becoming his manager?

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Around 4 or 5 years ago we spoke regarding some Dharmik tracks and then we met with Truskool and from there it all took off.  Thanks to musical inspiration Tru-Skool again another super talented musician and music producer.  Notice the link in my life has always been through people who play rhythm.  Tru-Skool for me is on an extreme level of musical knowledge his dedication and stand is something I admire.  After our initial meeting we went on to do projects for Dharam Seva Records and due to Diljit’s star power our charity idea really took off.  So Diljit is a key contributing factor to our growth.  From here on Truskool selected me to be part of Diljit’s band and I ended up performing on stage as a musician for Diljit between 2014 and 2016.  From here on I ended up becoming his manager in UK & Europe.

Diljit Dosanjh is phenomenal energy and a phenomenal human.  I learn a lot from him because he is so humble in his true approach and when your such a big star yet so humble it’s a huge attribute.  Diljit Bhaji is truly a “Nekh” person. I can vouch for this as I know his ways of working.  When somebody is of such good nature and intention then I would give my all to ensure he’s protected.  Looking after his work is a true honour for me.

 

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Do people only contact you sometimes as you are Diljit Dosanjh’s Manager?

Yes! All the time, I mean daily. I’m proud that he is doing so well but sometimes people don’t understand how busy he really is.  There is only 1 Diljit Dosanjh in the world but everybody right now wants a photo or a shout out or to run a film script or lyrics by him.  He doesn’t have any time left after a days shoot and it can be hard to make somebody understand that.  However he’s always helps behind the scenes to send messages to people suffering from serious illnesses or anything to help with Seva projects no matter how busy he is.

 

The EL SUENO song has gone massive I mean 20 million views so far, whose idea was it for the video, it was a very Peaky Blinders feel to the video?

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It was a joint idea even though I know he credited me with conception. The is that Diljit is the creative force behind the video.  So all credit is due to him. If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be here doing all this.  The music, of course, is all the amazing work of Tru-Skool and Lyrics Lally Mundi.  My team at UK Production Office and Bill Mato did a great job. The video director was Kavar Singh he deserves great respect and credit. 

 

What is your biggest achievement so far?

Biggest achievement so far has to be the start of Dharam Seva Records.  It’s just given a purpose and attachment to researching Gurbani and Sikh history.  It’s a lifetime mission and I plea to God to give me drive and constant motivation so I can try to be of service to Guru Nanak Dev Jis Shabad.  Dharam Seva is my duty, I don’t have a choice in the matter.  If it’s praises of God then it’s my number one priority.  I hope I can have God in my mind and heart as much as humanly possible and Dharam Seva is the vehicle to achieve this. I mean for me this has not even started yet. It’s growing in the background so rapidly. The objective is not to have to super hit songs it is to learn from what we are doing. Me and my team to learn what we are doing from our projects. Listening to the Kirtan grains in our hearts when we make videos for it. It’s fulfilling my life and I don’t care about money and just working on Kirtan. I give it importance. Listen to it and visualise it. We then show the world. We do get positive feedback. It’s a massive vision for us. 

 

You have done a lot of projects with Dharam Seva Records, is there any particular one you are proud off?

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The Words of Akaal Nitnem Banis, The Words Of Har Sukhmani Sahib Ji were special projects.  We have done 31 Raags and we have to do the video’s also. I don’t feel proud. I feel this is my duty. This is my job as a Sikh adapting to modern technology’s and formats to decorate my Gurus Words and this is now part of me.  My transformation into Sikhi and the drive within me is linked to Dharam Seva Records and its mission.

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Whats next for Kaka?

I could drop dead any second (laughing). I am managing the UK tour for Diljit Dosanjh in 2018.  We also have some huge movies releasing.  Sajjan Singh Rangroot in March and Soorma in June starring Diljit Dosanjh.  There’s also more to come via Dharam Seva.

I would also like to thank anybody who reads this from my heart and I truly wish good energy and Prem to everybody out there in the world.

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

I have known about Kaka for a long time now and I have never met him until this blog. I have always admired his work mainly with Dharam Seva Records. I admire his team who bring Kirtan alive and makes you want to listen to it a lot. When I personally watch Dharam Seva Records their video’s they produce for the Kirtan it makes you connect not only on a spiritual level but on an emotionally and visually level also. I admire the team who really put their heart and soul into the projects they have produced. Below are a few video’s/ Kirtan that I enjoy listening too. Please share and support the work Kaka and his team tiresly do. To make us all learn and connect with Kirtan. It isn’t always easy writing and sharing a blog about your life story. But I am glad me and Kaka sat down and spoke his journey. I learnt a lot whilst sitting with him. That is what Dharam Seva do they make you want to learn and educate yourself. Please share some love and support for this great cause. 

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Honour to have had met kaka and talk about his life journey.

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