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StringFEST: Gurdev Singh - Dilruba / Surjeet Singh - Sarangi / Manjeet Sing...
Sat 22 April 2017, 19:30 – 22:30 BST
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Gurdev Singh is one leading players of Sarod and dilruba. He is a disciple of Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and is well-known internationally through his performances in the USA, Canada, India and UK.
Gurdev Singh was born on 15th January 1948 in India. He began learning music at the age of seven under Ustad Tara Singh and Piara Singh who taught him Dilruba, a bowed instrument of great antiquity, which Gurdev still plays today with great brilliance. He is also trained in vocal music under Pandit Mahadeo Prasad in both contemporary and the traditional Dhrupad style.
In 1967 Gurdev became a disciple of the world famous Sarod Maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan in Delhi and was introduced to the Sarod with the Holy patronage of H.H. Shri Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji. The Sarod is an extremely demanding instrument to handle, partly because it is fretless. It is capable of an extraordinary range of sounds, from haunting sweetness to dazzling speed and power.
His success can be measured by his popularity in India, in both live and radio concerts, and by the increasing international demand for his performances, especially in the U.K. His U.K performances have included the BBC, Midland TV, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, Bath and Oxford University, the 1984 Liverpool garden festival and South Bank. In North America he has played in Vancouver, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle University and the prestigious Amir Khusro Society in Chicago. He has also visited Switzerland, Denmark, Darmstadt festival in Germany and other European countries. Every year Gurdev Performs in major festivals held all over India.
Gurdev Singh has released a CD with ARC Music called “The Art Of Indian Sarod” of Germany adding to his other CDs and records collection.
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 Namdhari 'Guru' Jagjit Singh 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. Ustaad Ji is now a tutor for the Gurmat Sangeet Academy and the Raj Academy. 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. He spends some of his time at the Raj academy Routunda building at Thames Valley University. Ustaad ji has also played music for many British media companies, such as Channel 4.
Manjeet recently performed in Milan with Jarvis Cocker, Badly Drawn Boy, Marianne Faithful, Beth Orton, Robyn Hitchcock and Peter Murphy.
He was involved with the production of ‘Rafta Rafta' starring Meera Sayal and Harish Patel at the Royal National Theatre.
Alongside his regular performances with renowned musicians from India such has Shivamani, Hariharan, Jagjit Singh, Ustad Sabri Khan and the late Ustad Fateh Ali Khan, he has worked with Uk based artists such as Craig Pruess, Kuljit Bhamra, Pete Lockett, Joy, Sister Indian and Bond.
Manjeet has also worked and performed on the percussion arrangements for Gurinder Chada's film Bride and Prejudice, the Holywood film Alexander the Great, starring Val Kilmer and Angelina Jolie.