Kuldip Manak was born Latif Mohammed on 15th November 1951 in the village of Jalal in the Bhatinda district. His father, Nikka Khan, was a singer himself. Manak has two brothers: Siddqui, a famous devotional singer, and Rafiq, a tantric, who hit the headlines when he was arrested for molestation in 2003 . Manak was the youngest in his class and was called "Manaka" by his classmates and friends. He completed his matriculation from the village school, where he was a keen hockey player.