It may not sound music to your ears, but in a blow for Asian music fans Bhangra singer Garry Sandhu a day before Lohri returned to India after being deported back by the UK Border Agency for violating immigration laws.
“To my haters, you will never stop me making music wherever I am in the world,” confident Garry Sandhu said in the status update of his Facebook page to break the news of his deportation.
Admired as one of the big stars of the future on the UK bhangra scene, Garry had bagged two of the top trophies at the 2011 Brit Asia Music Awards, including Best Newcomer and Best Male Act.
He was deported after he lost appeals to be allowed to stay in the UK further. Garry returned on 12th January 2012 with his parents, who came on a visit since he was arrested in October 2011.
In detention, Garry Sandhu updated his fan page on Facebook by asserting: `Big hello to everyone..sorry I havent spoken to all of u for a while. I’m still in the detention centre & theres no internet access here.
`I wanted to let all my fans know that I’m going back to India tomorrow. Never gonna forget all the love you have all shown me. I hope to see u lot soon, but if not, please keep supporting my music.
`Wherever I go in the world I will still appreciate the love and support u all give me. Will never forget u. To my haters, u will never stop me making music wherever I am in the world. Rab rakha mitro.’
Sandhu over the years had made a name for himself by a number of Bhangra chart topping songs. These included ‘Dil De De,’ ‘Fresh,’ ‘Sahan To Pyariya’ and ‘Tohar’.
Over a period of time, his fan base also grew immensely both in the UK and abroad.
His fans never wanted him to be deported.
In a DESIblitz poll, asked if Garry Sandhu should be deported, nothing less than 78 per cent of the voters said ‘No’. Just about 22 per cent said ‘Yes’ in the poll.
DJ Dips, a music producer Sandhu worked with, said his music would continue, despite him no longer being in the UK. Already, new videos were being shot in India. The new songs produced with Garry include a duet with Sudesh Kumari, which is a cover of famous Punjabi singer Chamkila’s song.