I can be seen putting the joint of a Taus

October 1995. Gyani Harbhajan Singh Mistri, me and Professor Dharam Singh Khalsa at Mahalpur, Hoshiarpur. I can be seen putting the joint of a Taus. A major moment in the revival of these once extinct instruments.

Gyani Harbhajan Singh Mistri of Dandian, Hoshiarpur (1920-1995)

A very humble WWII veteran who won a major skirmish against the Japanese virtually single handed and a master craftsman. He was a student of the legendary Ustad Bhai Batan Singh of Mehli, Phagwara and a witness to the countless duals that the great Ustad won against – well…. Bhai Batan Singh defeated Ustad Bhai … Continue reading

An image that moves me emotionally – always

A grand man, humility-incarnate.  

ustad Bhai Arjan Singh ‘Tarangar’ 1900-1995. 

At the age of 5, his father the legendary Bhai Ram Singh of Village Bhullar, Tarn Taran in Amritsar, offered the young child nicknamed ‘Chiri’ to Bhai Sahib Bhai Jwala Singh of Thatha Tibba, Kapurthala. His early education in singing and playing the taus began under the watchful gaze of BHai Sahib Jwala Singh while … Continue reading

A photo that sings

A photo that sings – Bhai Sahib Bhai Jwala Singh Ragi of Thatha Tibba, Kapurthala. 1935 at Dera Sahib, Lahore. On the Jori is Bhai Gurcharan Singh and at about 10 years old is Bhai Avtar Singh playing the Taus. The handsome little boy, on the extreme left, is Bhai Rattan Singh, a gurbhai of … Continue reading

This man murdered my nephew!

GURVINDERPAL SINGH, who shot and along with his friends bludgeoned my nephew, Prabhdeep Singh, to death. Prabhdeep, the boy friend of the accuseds’ daughter, was 22+ at the time of his murder.

Manu Passed away

I am deeply affected as I mourn the passing away of my nephew Manu, who was shot at point blank range by the father of his girlfriend on the night of February 8, hours after the ‘Venice and Punjab’ event in Chandigarh. He was declared brain dead but was kept on the ventilator as the … Continue reading

Sangeet Natak Academy Awards 2009 for 3 Punjab exponents

Sangeet Natak Academy Awards 2009 for 3 Punjab exponents: Lachhman Singh Seen (82, Tabla), Vilayat Khan Ragi (90, Dhadhi) and Neeta Mohindra (45, Acting). First time that Punjab could fetch such a haul at the National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama awards. The President of India will confer these to the 33 awardees in … Continue reading

Tabla Maestro

Ustad Lachhman Singh Seen, 82 years of age, is one of the students of Mian Kader Baksh of Lahore Gharana of Punjab.