|Raagi Balwant Singh: He was born and brought up in Sri Bhaini Sahib, a historical village in Ludhiana, Punjab. He started his musical career at the tender age of 8, with the blessing of His Holiness Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji, under the guidance of Bibi Narinder Kaur Ji and his maternal uncle S. Mohan Singh Ji. After that Balwant Singh started learning music from Ustad Harbhajan Singh ji disciple of famous musician of Jaipur Gharana late Pandit Mahadev Parsad Ji (kathak). He learnt many traditional Gurbani compositions as well as compositions of Jaipur Gharana from Ustad Ji. Seeing his talent Sri Satguru Ji made him the disciple of the legendary sitar maestro late Ustad Vilayat Hussain Khan Sahib. He had the privilege to learn so many bandishes composed by Khan Sahib himself. He also learnt Santoor from Ustad Harjinderpal Singh Ji who is himself a senior disciple of Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma. Beyond all he was very fortunate to have the blessings of Sri Satguru Ji Himself and learnt many Dhrupad and khayal bandishes which Sri Satguru Ji learnt from Ustad Udho Khan Sahib and his son Ustad Rahim Bakshji of Talwandi Gharana. He also learnt several traditional compositions of Gurbani from His Holiness which Satguru Ji learnt from Ustad Harnam Singh Ji Chawinde Wale and Bhai Taba Ji Rababi. He was honored with certificate of merit for Indian Classical music by the Government of Punjab in year 2002. He has performed in prestigious Sangeet Sammelans all over India. Recently he was given privilege by Ustad Zakir Hussain to perform in the Barsi of Ustad Allah Rakha Khan Sahib in Mumbai. He has toured extensively to different countries like USA, UK, Canada, Ireland, UAE, Thailand, Africa and Europe and performed successfully.|
|Harpreet Singh Namdhari (Sonu) was born in Gwalior. He had a great feeling for tabla since his childhood. He started to learn tabla at his young age and got his initial training of tabla from late Pt. Narayan prasad Raton is of Gwalior. After seeing his skills in tabla SRI SATGURU JAGJIT SINGH JI the spritual head of Namdhari sect. blessed him and put him under the teaching of late Pt. Ramji Mishra (son of late Pt. Anokhe Lal Mishra) the famous maestro of Banaras gharana. He was also a “ganda bandh” shagird of late Pt Krishna Rao Pandit Ji of Gwalior Gharana. He graduated in tabla from Khairagarh University in Madhya Pradesh.
Harpreet’s style of playing tabla is characterised by liveliness, softness, sweetness and taiyari of relas. He has performed with many great world Ustad of Indian classical music who are Ustad Vilayat Khan Sahib, Pt. Rajan Sajan Mishra and many others. Harpreet Singh has participated in many prestigious music conference as Sri Satguru Partap Singh Sangeet Sammelan, Baba Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan, Tansen Sangeet Sammelan, etc. He was very lucky playing tabla in Guru Poornima Utsav in Mumbai in the presence of Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma, Ustad Sultan Khan, Pt Dhruv Ghosh and many other legendaries of Indian classical music world.
Harpreet Singh has widely traveled to U.S.A, U.K., Thailand, Africa, Canada and many more places around the world as soloist. At present Harpreet Singh is based at Sri Bhaini Sahib in the “SEWA” of HIS HOLINESS SRI SATGURU JAGJIT SINGH JI “HazooriRaagi” and teaching art of playing tabla to young children.
21 August 2011: Asa di Vaar by Hazuri raagis from Sri Bhaini Sahib in Southall
20 August 2011: Kirtan by Hazuri raagis from Sri Bhaini Sahib at NSS Southall
Raagis Balwant Singh, Mohan Singh & Harpreet Sonu perform kirtan on ‘5 badhro’ diwas
UK 2010 Tour of Hazoori Raagis of Sri Bhaini Sahib
(Sant Balwant Singh, Sant Sukdev Singh & Sant Harpreet Singh ‘sonu’).
Performances in Southall on 4/5th Sept 2010:
Kirtan (4th Sept)
Ustaad Harbhajan Singh, Sant Balwant Singh, Sant Sukdev Singh & Sant Harpreet Singh sonu
04sept10 - introduction
Droopat –Maanray japo ram gopal
Shabad –Gaaye sadhu sadhu raye
Shabad –Sajna sant aao mere
Shabad –Bal bal jaun gurjee ke dharsan
Sholak –Wah wah tu aapaye
Geet –Dhoorti is dharti dee - live
Closing comments by ustad Gurdev Singh
Sangeet program (5th Sept)
Ustaad Harbhajan Singh, Sant Balwant Singh, Sant Sukdev Singh & Sant Harpreet Singh sonu accompanied by Sukhwinder Singh ‘pinky’ (tabla) & Kuldip Singh.
Sant Tara Singh Anjanon history of hazuri and other raagis.
The Sangeet program( the full program, no splits).
Other Recordings in UK:
- Hazoori Raagis – 01/08/10 – Shabad: Rakh Rakh Mere Bithula
- Hazoori Raagis – Shabad: Bindraban mei rang keeya Kaana
16 to 18 Dec 2010: Raagi Ghulla Ji was accompanied by raagis Gurlal Singh, Ustad Surjit Singh & Satvinder Singh and Narinderpal Singh & Sarabjit Singh.
16 Dec 2010:
- Thaeree Bhagath N Shhoddo Bhaavai Log Hasai
- Jo jan laehi khasam kaa naao
17 Dec 2010:
Sachee baisak thinhaa sang jinsang japeeai naao
GEET:Guru Jagjit Singh ji
18 Dec 2010:
- Saajan dhehi sis uthar
- Kavita: Kaali Koyal
- Geet: Jagjit guru tere dhar thay
23 Sept 2006: Harpreet Singh Namdhari Tabla player (Sri Bhaini Sahib)
His first ever live solo performance in the UK. Also known as Sonu, he mesmerized & dazzled a packed hall with his expertise and tabla skills.
- TABLA SOLO