Asa Singh (1926–1999) was a Punjabi musician and singer, best known for lending his voice to the hit Bollywood film Heer, and singing jugni and Heer-genre of folk songs, which recount the tales of Heer Ranjha by poet Waris Shah. He became popular in the 1940s, by the mid-1960s, when state-run All India Radio started promoting folk musicians, this made him, along with Surinder Kaur and Kuldeep Manak singers of cult status.
His well-known songs, among others “Balle Ni Panjaab Diye Sher Bachiye”, “Doli Charhdeyan Marian Heer Cheekaan” and “Kali Teri Gut”, have served as templates for later Punjabi musicians His great work also expands to singing sad songs like “Jadon Meri Arthi Utha Ke Chalan Ge” to famous song “Main Jatt Yamla Pagla Deewana” dramatized on Dharmendra. He was mostly paired with Surinder Kaur or Prakash Kaur for singing many old folk songs of Punjab.
Asa Singh Mastana is a well-known Punjabi Singer of Punjabi old & folk songs. Asa Singh Mastana is the Singer of Punjabi popular song which we can say “Lok Geet” from 1940 to 1960. He is in the list of prominent singers of Punjab at that time among Surinder Kaur, Yamla Jatt, Kuldip Manak, etc.
Some of Asa Singh Mastana’s hit songs are Kali Teri Gut, Balle Ni Panjaab Diye Sher Bachiye, Doli Charhdeyan Marian Heer Cheekaan, Peke Jaan Waliye, etc. Most of his duet songs are sung with Punjabi Female Singer Surinder Kaur. The radio “All India Radio” had played & promoted his songs on their radio. After that, DD Punjabi (Jallandhar Doordarshan) is playing his live singing show with Surinder Kaur on their channel.
Asa Singh Mastana’s Heer is very popular among Punjabi audience. He was such a gem for Punjabi Music. His songs “Muteyare Jana Door Pea”, “sadhke sadhke jandiye muteyare ni”, “Peke Jaan Waliye”, etc are listened by today’s modern generation also. Asa Singh Mastana Ji awarded with Padam Shri Award in 1985 by Government of India.