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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Diljit Dosanjh Makes History on The Tonight Show

Dosanjh thrilled the audience with dynamic performances of his hit songs "Born to Shine" and "G.O.A.T.," marking a significant milestone for Punjabi music on the international stage.

Fans worldwide are celebrating singer Diljit Dosanjh’s groundbreaking debut on The Tonight Show, where host Jimmy Fallon introduced him as “the biggest Punjabi artist on the planet,” according to the BBC. Dosanjh thrilled the audience with dynamic performances of his hit songs “Born to Shine” and “G.O.A.T.,” marking a significant milestone for Punjabi music on the international stage.

Excitement had been building since the announcement a week earlier, reaching a peak when The Tonight Show shared behind-the-scenes videos of Dosanjh teaching Fallon Punjabi phrases.

Fallon’s humorous attempts at Dosanjh’s catchphrase “Punjabi Aa Gaye Oye” drew laughs, especially from actress Priyanka Chopra, who quipped, “It’s the Oye for me.” Fallon managed the greeting “Sat Sri Akal” more smoothly, delighting viewers. He also surprised Dosanjh with custom white gloves adorned with the show’s logo, a nod to the singer’s signature black gloves worn during performances.

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Dosanjh’s appearance on The Tonight Show continues his growing influence in Western markets. In 2023, he made history as the first Punjabi language singer to perform at the Coachella festival. His collaborations include working with Sia on “Hass Hass” and joining Ed Sheeran in Mumbai for his Asia tour, where they performed together in Punjabi. During his Tonight Show performance of “G.O.A.T.,” Dosanjh altered the lyrics to reference “Hollywood” instead of “Bollywood,” pointing at Fallon and earning cheers from the audience. Fallon was visibly impressed, exclaiming, “That is how you do it!”

Fans around the world hailed Dosanjh’s performance as a “historic moment,” praising him for elevating Punjabi music to new heights. British Indian singer Jassi Sidhu expressed his joy, saying Dosanjh has “made Punjabi music mainstream.” Another fan commended him for “opening doors for thousands of passionate people around the globe who come from humble backgrounds.”

BBC Asian Network presenter Haroon Rashid analyzed Dosanjh’s monumental appearance, emphasizing the singer’s authenticity and connection with fans. Rashid highlighted Dosanjh’s commitment to his identity, noting how he proudly wears traditional Punjabi attire and a turban, which has become a symbol of pride rather than a barrier in the entertainment industry. Dosanjh’s journey from being the first turban-wearing man to headline a Bollywood film to selling out venues globally showcases his exceptional talent and charisma.

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Dosanjh’s debut on The Tonight Show is more than just a personal achievement; it represents a significant cultural milestone for the South Asian community and Punjabi culture. His unwavering dedication to his roots, combined with his musical prowess and engaging personality, continues to inspire millions and solidify his place as a global icon.