Sangeet Samellan (A Music Festival) in Southall
On 22 November 2014 a special Sangeet Evening was hosted by Namdhari Sikh Sangat Southall to celebrate the life of His Holiness Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji. This was to mark Satguru Ji’s Parkash Diwas. The Sangeet samellan was personally blessed by Sri Satguru Uday Singh Ji. Sri Satguru Ji congratulated Ustad Kiranpal Singh for organising this samellan and wished it a grand success.
The sangat was at a privilege to witness this epic experience with some searing sarangi and santoor solos from the exceptional Ustads Surjeet Singh and Ustad Kiran Pal Singh respectively. Completing the line-up and as always a special honour to have, was award winner Ustad Harbhajan Singh with his regular companion Ustad Gurdev Singh.
The sarangi solo was the opening item. Accompanying Ustad Surjeet Singh was Harkirat Singh on tabla and Amandeep Kaur on the tanpura. Surjeet Singh’s (disciple of Pandit Ram Naryan) offering was Raag Bihag– a Hindustani classical raga. Bihag is played in the night. The mood of the raag is celebratory as well as romantic, making it a common raag sung especially on celebratory occasions.
The Sounds of the santoor followed next. Ustad Kiran Pal Singh (disciple of Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma), with Harkiret Singh Bahra mesmerised the audience with Raag Yamaan. A night raag, Yaman is regarded one of the grandest and most fundamental ragas in Hindustani music. Both instrumentalists exhibited professionalism in their performances, weaving through the intrinsic patterns of the raags with relative ease.
Santoor recital: Raag Yamaan
Performed by Ustad Kiran Pal Singh, with Harkiret Singh Bahra on tabla.