Surjeet Singh (1961, Delhi) is a leading sarangi players in the UK and is a senior student of Pandit Ram Narayan. He started his early training under the tutelage of Gurdev Singh and Ustad Harbhajan Singh. He is a member of the staff at Raj Academy and includes Prof. Surinder Singh in his students.
Ustaad Ji was introduced into classical Indian music by Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji of Bhaini Sahib. At Bhaini Sahib, he was trained in the playing of the Dilruba by Ustaad Gurdev Singh and Ustaad Harbhajan Singh (both of whom are now based in the U.K)
He later received vocal training but his love of the enchanting sound of the Sarangi led him to the doors of the Great deity of the Sarangi, Pandit Ram Narayan in 1977. He spent the next 15 years of his life as Pandit Ram Narayan’s prodigy. In recent years Ustad Surjeet Singh has also received guidance from Pandit Hanuman Prasad Mishra (Banaras Gharana). Ustad Surjeet Singh has played extensively throughout India at various important festivals giving solo recitals as well as accompanying leading musicians such as Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, Ustad Fateh Ali Khan, Pundit Rajan – Sajan Mishra and Shiri L K Pandit amongst others. He is also a recognised and graded artist of All India Radio.
Ustaad ji often can be found contemplating of his time under the wing of Pandit Ram Narayan and shares with his students the blessings that were given to him throughout his training. Ustaad Surjeet Singh Ji is fluent in the styles of Khyal and Thumri, which has led him to be noticed worldwide for his appreciation and proficiency. He now does many performances to spread the knowledge of Gurmat Sangeet. Ustad Surjeet Singh has played at numerous venues in Thailand, East Africa, Europe and America. Ustaad ji has also played music for many British media companies, such as Channel 4.
Surjeet Singh has built his own niche and has received praise and recognition both as a solo and as an accompanying artist. He is a leading figure and a reviver of Sarangi in Sikh community as a Performer and Teacher. Currently he is the head of department for Bow instruments in Raj Academy of Asian Music UK.
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Raag Jhinjhoti: Ustad Surjeet Singh – Sarangi, Shahbaz Hussain – Tabla, Ranbir Singh – Taus.
Raag Basant: Surjeet Singh Aulak with Kiranpal Singh on santoor