Indian Classical Music Evenings
to celebrate the 5oth Gurgaddi Annivarsary Of Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji
A series of Indian Classical Music
evenings have been organized by Namdhari Sikh Sangat Southall to celebrate the
5oth Gurgaddi Annivarsary Of Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji.
The first evening took place on Saturday 13th Feb
2010. Ustaad Dharambir Singh performed a recital on the sitar. He was
accompanied on the tabla by Tarsem Singh. In his first solo performance at the
Namdhari Sikh Community Center, Dharambir paid gratitude and homage to Satguru
Jagjit Singh Ji's great effort and devotion to revive and maintain the gurmaat
sangeet as practiced by the earlier Sikh gurus. The evening
started with an hour of naam simran followed by a shabad, performed by Raagi
Jagir Singh (with Ustaad Kiranpal Singh on tabla). Before the main presentation,
Shaam Kaur introduced the two artists to the sangat. Dharambir played raga
is Ustaad Dharambir Singh?
Dharambir Singh is one of the most prominent Sitar player and Indian Music
educator based in England. Disciple of the legendary Sitar maestro Ustad Vilayat
Khan, Dharambir has truly imbibed the sound of the rich Imdad Khani and Vilayat
Khani Gharana (style). Dharambir was guided by his uncle Sardar Avtar Singh, an
eminent tabla player and disciple of Harbhajan Lal and Pandit Shamta Prashad of
Benares. Avtar Singh was instrumental in introducing Dharambir to many prominent
musicians and also giving him initial musical guidance. It was the blessings and
the love of Satguru Jagjit Singh, the spiritual master of the Namdhari Sikh sect
that Dharambir was introduced to Ustad Vilayat Khan. Satguru Ji has been one of
the most important catalysts to have given Dharambir a strong spiritual
persona and karma.
Vilayat Khan Saheb generously provided access to the rich musical style of the
Imdad Khani Gharana. Dharambir got immense love and guidance from the Ustad and
as a result of his dedication and the blessings of the masters he was invited
for Ganda Bandhan (traditional initiation ceremony) in Bombay in 1979.
moved to England in 2009 and has since been active in his portfolio career
performing, teaching, advising, organising, mentoring, composing and
passionately laying a strong foundation for Indian classical music in England.
Dharambir is a tutor, artistic
advisor and founder to many music organizations in the UK.
Singh received the National Endowment For Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA)
fellowship from 2006 to 2010. He has researched into many aspects of Indian
Classical Music and has created valuable technology solutions for the teaching
of Indian Music. The fellowship has given him extraordinary insights into Indian
Music and he has created some pioneering concepts in trying to make the music
more accessible to the students and the audiences. The software’s he has
developed will help to place the rich heritage of Indian Classical Music on a
strong scientific footing. He has traveled regularly to India to introduce and
get feedback on his new approaches to music teaching.
and Tabla Recital
The next musical evening was on
Saturday 14 August 2010. Santoor maestro Ustad Kiranpal Singh and tabla genius
Pandit Sanju Sahai played to a packed congregation. The evening began with
kirtan performed by Ustad Harbhajan Singh. He was accompanied by Ustad Gurdev
Singh, Raagi Jagir Singh and New York youngster Rohan. Sarabjit Singh was on the
In the santoor and tabla performance, Raag Puriya Dhanashri was on
offering. Both artists exhibited the skills and command which makes them leading
artists of classical music in the UK. The performance was well received and
appreciated, leaving the sangat & musicians surprised at the standard
attainable in this country.
is Pandit Sanju Sahai?
Sahai is an outstanding tabla player who has accompanied many senior artists,
including acclaimed vocalist Pandit Rajan Sajan Mishra, sarod maestro Ustad
Amjad Ali Khan, kathak dancer Pandit Birju Maharaj and guitarist Pandit Vishwa
He comes from a very eminent percussion lineage. He is a direct descendent of
Pandit Ram Sahai, the founder of the Benares Gharana. Sanju was trained by his
guru, Pandit Sharda Sahai, the virtuoso player. He began playing at the age of
four, demonstrating his prodigious skills and at the age of nine, he gave his
first public performance at the Sankat Mochan Temple in Benares.
Beyond his classical tradition, he has gone on to work within genres as diverse
as Egyptian, Spanish, Jazz, Folk and Blues Music. He is based in London and
promotes concerts and musical education with Parampara Arts Network. Currently,
he teaches tabla at the London University and in many schools throughout London.
is Ustad Kiranpal Singh?
leading SANTOOR player
born in Dar-es-Salaam,Tanzania, EastAfrica, on 13th December 1957 and
subsequently educated in England, Kiranpal Singh's first music study was the
tabla, which he pursued under the guidance of Shree Ripudaman Singh of Panjab
Gharana from 1970 to 1977.
His potential as an artiste of the highest calibre was recognised by His
Holiness Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji Maharaj, spiritual guide and leader of the
Namdhari Sikhs, on a visit to the UK, and His Holiness bountifully arranged for
Kiranpal to be sent to Bombay to study Santoor in the traditional way under
Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma.
Kiranpal has settled in England since
1987 and has gained respect and admiration for his various perfor-mances in the
UK, Europe and beyond, in recitals, festivals and lecture demonstrations.
Admired by both audiences and critics, his mastery of the advanced techniques of
the instrument, combined with a creative flair and spontaneous imagination, has
developed a recognisable individuality in his performances. This, in turn, has
led him to be sought after as a co-leader of groundbreaking develop-mental and
cross-cultural projects, whilst continuing to advance the presentation of Indian
Classical music to ever widening audiences through his solo work.
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