"I never called myself a Dalit singer"

Hindustan Times
Published on Jan 9, 2017
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At first glance, Gurkanwal Bharti appears like any other teenager -- a college student who talks animatedly about her singing idols and her dreams of making it big in Bollywood.

But the 17-year-old is possibly the biggest celebrity in a city known for its iconic Haveli Dhaba. Bharti --- known to millions of her fans as Ginni Mahi -- is the face of a wave of Dalit assertion sweeping Punjab that may change the course of assembly elections next year.

“I’m inspired by Babasaheb and Ravidas ji and sing shabads to explore their revolutionary thoughts of equality and justice,” she says.