Everyone knows him as the King of Punjabi Pop but very few know him as one of the most ardent admirers of Osho. During his recent visit to Osho World Galleria, New Delhi in July, this mega star of Punjabi folk music paid unstinted tribute to Osho.
“Osho ke sath jeevan main ras hai. Osho ke bina jeevan beras hai, or With Osho is the juice of life; without Osho, life is dull,” he said with great emotion. He went on, “Osho’s discourses are the real songs for me,” he added.
At Osho World, he expressed great interest in looking over Osho's books and CDs of Osho discourses. He paid a tribute to Osho by singing a Sufi number much to the delight of the selected Osholovers who were there to greet him.
"I was attracted to Osho with his discourses on Guru Nanak's Japuji. After I heard Osho's discourses - Ek Omkar Satnam - it seemed that it was Guru Nanak and not Osho who was speaking. These discourses on Japuji touched me deeply. Since then, I have been listening to his discourses on the Sufis and other spiritual masters and can experience them through Osho."
“As a Sufi, Osho is one of the greatest masters and I feel that we should have an Osho Sufi School of Music,” he added. Yes, Hans looks very much like a Sufi fakir himself.
His first album which became popular was "Ashiqan Di Kadi Zindagi" in 1990 and since then he has not looked back. He is equally appreciated for a number of religious albums as Osho remains a major factor in his life.
A Sufi fakir - daphli, choga, long beard and all - was a figure that changed Hans Raj Hans' life forever. Fascinated by the fakir who used to do rounds in his native village in Punjab, Hans picked up the kalams they used to sing and soon he was the part of the troupe. He spent 12-15 years with his ustaad Puran Shah Koti Saheb, he travelled barefoot with him through the villages of Punjab, performing in Sufi darbars.