Amar Singh Chamkila was born as Dunni Ram. He was born into a poor family in the chamar caste. His aspirations of becoming an electrician were unfulfilled and he found work at a Ludhiana cloth mill. With a natural aptitude for music, he learned to play the harmonium and dholki. In 1979, Chamkila approached Shinda for the first time on a bicycle with his best friend Kuldeep paras. When Shinda heard the 18-year-old Chamkila sing, he had finally found the protege that he had been looking for. Chamkila would go on to play alongside other Punjabi folk artists such. He wrote several songs for Shinda and accompanied him as a member of his entourage before deciding to pursue a solo career.