Ustad Harbhajan Singh is one of the most important exponents of Gurbani Kirtan Parampara and the senior most among the Namdhari community. His mentorship under the likes of Ustad Tara Singh, Maharaj Bir Singh Namdhari and Pandit Mahadev Prasad makes him one of the last remaining links to Punjabs musical heritage. He has collected a very eclectic musical repertoire that consists of rare gurbani kirtan and dhrupad-dhamar compositions and hence makes his contribution to gurbani kirtan, phenomenal. He stands tall among his contemporaries as unlike other exponents, he alone has taught many famous gurbani kirtaniye including Shiromani Ragi Baljit Singh Namdhari, Mohan Singh Namdhari, Sukhdev Singh Namdhari, Harbans Singh Ghulla, Balwant Singh Namdhari and many others.
Recognising his exceptional talent, Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh ji undertook training him in Gurbani sangeet. His talent was nurtured by prominent gurus and Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. He has inspired Gurbani aspirants, taught kirtan, classical music and performed in Thailand, Kenya, Canada, the US and the UK. As the prominent exponents of Gurbani Kirtan parampara and the senior most among the Namdhari community, he stands tall among his contemporaries.
Born in 1945 in Kujjar village in Sheikhupura district of western Punjab, which now lies in Pakistan, Shri Harbhajan Singh Namdhari received his initial training in Gurbani music from Shri Tara Singh who also taught him to play the Dilruba. His talent for singing was nurtured by several noted teachers including Shri Hazur Singh Chandrahans, Mahadev Prasad Kathak, and Maharaj Bir Singh. Later, he received guidance in Hindustani instrumental music from Ustad Amjad Ali Khan.
Among the foremost singers of Gurbani Kirtan, Shri Harbhajan Singh has channelled his knowledge of classical music into rendering the traditional form. His repertoire of compositions of this devotional music of the Sikhs consists of rare Kirtans and a variety of Dhrupad and Dhamar compositions. Together with practical music, Shri Namdhari has pursued a career in teaching music, and has trained a number of students. He has presented his art in many parts of India, and has also performed in Thailand, Kenya, Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
Shri Harbhajan Singh Namdhari receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (2010) for his contribution to the Gurbani music of Punjab. In 2010, 38 maestros will got the coveted awards for excellence in their respective realms of art besides two fellowships to classical vocalist Girija Devi and danseur Nataraj Ramakrishna.
In 2014, together with USTAD AMJAD ALI KHAN, Ustad Harbhajan Singh recorded ‘GURBANI‘ — Songs of Divine Wisdom.
Ghatt na kouu jaanaa
Naam maha raas peeyoo