Raga Sri Alaapa

Dear Friends, I have been unwell for the last several weeks but especially with this persisting dry cough. I had to make an appearance at this wonderful event hosted by some very fine people and am glad that my voice held at least to some extent. An audio recorder had been placed but its Record … Continue reading

Ashok

After my lec-dem in the morning, Ashok introduced himself as a “rasika” asked “which instruments” I made. He studies violin. He has a 140 year old French instrument and is very inquisitive about wood, varnish methods in addition to being a names thrower – Stradevari and so on! My best wishes to you Ashok…

31-Rāg Punyā Baithak X – Rāg Dhanāsri: Invite

December 16, 2013 is my mother’s first death anniversary. Full moon night is on the 17th. Mom was a fine Dholak player too and my first Gurbani Kirtan teacher. As a tribute to Ma, Ustad Yousuf Khan, a student of late tabla wizard Ustad Habeeb-ud-din Khan of Ajrada Gharana, who is one of India’s finest … Continue reading

Raga Suhi (Padtal) Composition – Nanded, Maharashtra

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KVMM749fzY Well well! In 1996, I visited Takhat Sri Hazur Sahib, Nanded for the first time. Ever since then, I have not been there again. At the Adutti Gurmat Sangeet Sammellan there in 1996, I had just refused to sing due to the way members of the Raga Nirnayak committee had concocted raga forms  and … Continue reading

Bhai Gurcharan Singh

At 96, Bhai Gurcharan Singh, the elder brother of Bhai Avtar Singh, needs no introduction. Here we are singing a composition in Vadhans Barwa. Am editing his recent work in which he has notated 214 compositions in 50 ragas sung over the centuries by the Kirtaniyas of the gurus court. He always emphasizes my doubly-relatedness … Continue reading

Sushil Kumar Saxena

 (b.1920) retired in 1986 as Professor of Philosophy from the University of Delhi where he started the teaching of aesthetics at the postgraduate level in 1964, and continued doing it till his retirement. His very first book, Studies in the Metaphysics of Bradley, won him the distinction of being the second Indian (after Dr. S. … Continue reading

Nada Yoga Debate Part III

Kamalroop Singh Dear Harshdeep Singh, Vahiguru ji ka Khalsa, Vahiguru ji ki fateh! In reference to your second paragraph above, the style of the Dhrupad reets in the Gurmat Sangeet performed by Bhai Avatar Singh ji, is clearly different compared to that of Bhai Baldeep Singh ji in the video clips provided above. I think … Continue reading

The Nada Yoga Debate upon request…

It started with the image being posted and then with Amarjeet questioning Surinder about the sign. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=5101240&id=651111173 Amarjeet Singh whats is this sign for bhai sahib ji?! Thursday at 8:47pm · Like · Here Surinder had replied something like – Dear Amarjeet Singh Ji, this is the posture for SA in Nada Yoga. But he … Continue reading

look back at the 2009 Harballabh

Interesting to look back at the 2009 Harballabh Festival concert, which had a lot of emotional and academic value, growing up with the tales of my various teaching lines elders. Parminder S Bhamra used to make wooden beds until March 2003 and he has been introduced on this prestigious platform in less than 6 years … Continue reading

look back at the 2009 Harballabh Festival concert

Interesting to look back at the 2009 Harballabh Festival concert, which had a lot of emotional and academic value, growing up with the tales of my various teaching lines elders. Parminder S Bhamra used to make wooden beds until March 2003 and he has been introduced on this prestigious platform in less than 6 years … Continue reading