Hazuri Ragi Sri Darbar Sahib
With the blessings of Akal Purakh Waheguru, Dr Ravinder Singh started his career in Sikh Musicology at a very young age. His father, S. Jang Singh, is a poet of Vaars, so Dr Ravinder Singh started his journey singing vaars. He learned to play musical instruments, used to sing vaars, Dhad and Sarangi, from scholarly musicians, S. Samsher Singh Ji, S. Mann Singh Akali, and S. Naranjan Singh Ji.
Dr Ravinder Singh met with Dr Gurnam Singh Ji in 2004, and completed his graduation(2004), post graduate (2006) and PhD (2015) in Gurmat Sangeet, from Punjabi University, in Patiala, Punjab, under the guidance of Dr. Gurnam Singh. During the course of his education, Dr Ravinder Singh learned to play Gurmat Sangeet instruments: Dilruba, Saranda, Taus, Israj, and Harmonium.
After completing his Masters degree, in 2006, Dr Ravinder Singh was appointed as Hazuri Ragi, Dilruba Wadak of Sri Darbar Sahib, Amritsar. In 2015, he became the first Doctorate Keertaniya of Sri Darbar Sahib ( Golden Temple).
Dr Ravinder Singh travelled to Germany in November 2008, with S. Surinderpal Singh Singhbandhu, as an accompanist, Canada in 2014 and 2015 and now in Bay Area, California, USA to spread the fragrance of Gurmat Sangeet. He has organized many Gurmat Sangeet workshops, competitions and has taught Gurmat Sangeet at Ontario Khalsa School Mississauga and Gurdwara Khalsa Parkash, Windsor in Canada.
Dr Ravinder Singh is a gold medalist in Shabad Gayan, a friendly individual, and a great teacher.
Dr. Ravinder Singh takes great pride in sharing his vast knowledge and experience with every student, regardless of their age, experience, and skill level. He has a very systematic approach to teaching, which can be tailored to any individual based on their ability and goals.
Classes are offered in person, at the Milpitas Center, in the Bay Area, and online via Skype. There are both group and individual classes available to choose from.
Contact Dr. Ravinder Singh to schedule your class.
Dilruba was a blessing of the Tenth Sikh Guru, Gobind Singh Ji. It is an instrument that he designed and created. Dilruba is Persian for 'heart stealer' – the instrument has a wonderfully engaging sound, which captures your heart in an instant. Dilruba is a smaller and modified version of the Taus. The reason for its creation was predominantly a practical one: portability for the warriors who served in the army of the Guru Sahib, as all soldiers kept their instruments with them at all times. Taus presented a transportation and storage challenge because of its size; Dilruba resolved these issues for the Sikhs, as it is much smaller (and also cost effective to produce) than Taus. Dilruba is also the easiest and lightest instrument to play and is incredibly simple to understand. It is a matter of 10 minutes to pick it up and start playing.
The name ‘Sarangi’ is translated as 'one hundred colors'. Played with a bow, it is known as the mother to all stringed instruments, as well as the instrument whose sound is closest to that of the human voice. This astonishing instrument was created to sing the praise of the Creator. It was originally used for this purpose, but less so, as time passed by. In the court of the Sixth Sikh Guru, Guru Hargobind Sahib, it was brought back into the spiritual arena and used to sing the 22 ballads (vaars) from Guru Granth Sahib. There is a huge difference between a Dhadd Sarangi, or Tota, which is used to sing Dhadi vaars (folk-ballads), and this Sarangi, which is also known as a classical or full-size Sarangi.
Saranda is a unique instrument, which originated among the Sikhs – designed, created and played by the Fifth Sikh Guru, Guru Arjan Dev Ji. He instructed his followers to practice and share the singing of sacred Shabads with these instruments to elevate the soul to merge with the Creator. Guru Arjan Dev Ji blessed us with this bowed instrument, which has similar-looking siblings known as sirinda, sarinda, qechak, gaychak, Nepali sarangi and many more. These instruments are still played in regional folk music performances, in Pakistan from Sindh to Baluchistan, in Afghanistan from Kabul to Kandahar, and in Iran.It is important to note that these folk instruments are NOT the same as the Sikh Saranda developed for singing Keertan. The size and structure of the two types of instrument are significantly different, as well as the wood and strings used. One should not be confused with the other.
Taus is a blessing of the great Sixth Master of the Sikhs, Guru Hargobind Singh Ji. As a master of the Persian language, he named this glorious instrument 'Taus', which is Persian for ‘peacock’. This was an instrument designed and played by the great Guru himself to guide us by example. The sound of the Taus is wonderfully melodious, taking you to a complete heavenly state where you can feel the warmth of the universe. The Taus is played with a bow and is handcrafted from one piece of high-quality wood (tun wood). The crafting of this graceful instrument requires a vast amount of skill, dedication and effort.
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