Kuldeep Manak was born as Latif Mohammed on 15 November 1947, to Nikka Khan, in the village of Jalal in Bathinda district of Indian Punjab.
Sardar Partap Singh Kehron (Punjab Chief Minister) penned the name, Kuldeep Manak, after being amazed by the quality of his voice at a school prize giving
He completed his education at Jalal Government High School, where he was a keen hockey player.
Kuldeep Manak's ancestors were the Hazoori Raagis (designated cantors) of Kirtan for Maharaja Hira Singh of Nabha.
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Maharaja Hira Singh in white dress in center[/caption]
Manak's father, Nikka Khan, was a singer himself. Manak had two brothers: Siddqui, a devotional singer, and Rafiq, who was also briefly noted.
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Kuldeep Manak and his son Yudhvir Manak. Yudhvir is following in his father's footsteps as a singer[/caption]
He has also acted and sung in many Punjabi films such as 'Saidan Jogan' (1979) with the song, sathon naee majhin chaar hundian, 'Lambardaarni' (1980) with yaaran da truck balliye (song), and Balbiro Bhabi (1981) as actor, singer and composer.
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Kuldeep Manak and Jazzy B[/caption]
Manak also took part in the parliamentary elections of 1996 as an independent member from Bathinda but did not win.
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