Hard Kaur, also known as Hardkaur, is an Indian rapper and hip hop singer, as well as playback singer in Hindi films; she is the first female Indian rapper.
Born Taran Kaur Dhillon in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, where her mother ran a small beauty parlour in the house. When she was young, her father was burnt alive during 1984 Anti-Sikh riots and the beauty parlour of her mother was burnt few days after her father's death. Her paternal grandparents asked her mother to leave their house and wanted to keep only Taran and her brother with them. Subsequently she, her brother and her mother moved to Ludhiana to her maternal grandparents house, where they stayed for the next couple of years.
In 1991 her mother remarried an NRI and her family moved to Birmingham, England, where her mother started working and studying to eventually open a beauty salon, meanwhile she did her schooling. After developing interest in hip-hop she started her musical career as a rapper.
She first shot to fame with the song Ek Glassy, which was a huge hit. She broke to Bollywood fame in 2007, rapping for Sriram Raghavan's movie Johnny Gaddaar,'s song Paisa Phek (Move Your Body). Since then she has sung numerous songs in movies like Ugly Aur Pagli (‘Talli'), Singh Is Kinng, Kismat Konnection, Bachna Ae Haseeno, Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, and Prince (2010 film). She also performed at Live Earth India, 2008. Her first solo album 'Supawoman' was released in 2007.
In 2008 Hard Kaur was nominated for two awards at the UK Asian Music Awards, "Best Urban Act" and "Best Female Act". She ended up winning "Best Female Act".
She also composed the theme song for Vodafone MTV Splitsvilla Season 1 "This is Splitsvilla".