Dolly Guleria Interview


Dolly Guleria is a renowned Punjabi folk singer, born in Bombay on Baisakhi day. She is the daughter of Surinder Kaur, popularly known as ‘The Nightingale of Punjab’.
At the age of five, Dolly learnt Manipuri and Bharat Natyam at the Triveni Kala Sangam, Delhi. Dolly started her training in classical music when she was seven at the Gandharva Maha Vidyalaya Delhi, where she also learnt ‘Kathak’ dance. In her teen years she was the disciple of Kundan Lal Sharma of Patiala Gharana, Panna Lal Kathak and Shri Chotey Lal ji (music composer doordarshan Delhi) and later Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan Khalifa of Delhi Gharana.
She sang her first solo song at All India Radio in 1967 as an amateur artist in Punjabi. Her first recording was in Shabad Gurbani released by HMV in 1968 and an LP of marriage songs with her mother.
She aspired to be a doctor, being a medical student. In 1970 she got married to Army Officer Col. S.S.Guleria[2] and became a dedicated mother of a daughter Sunaini and two sons, Dilpreet and Amanpreet. After settling down with motherhood she was encouraged by her husband to continue her training in classical music on getting an opportunity to become the disciple of a very learned Ustad, ‘Khan Sahib’ Abdul Rehman Khan, of ‘Patiala Gharana’ who trained her in the field of classical music as the foundation with specific aptitude to implement the same in light classical and folk singing.