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In the more recent times, the perceptor-disciple tradition started by Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji, has been a testimony to his sensitivity towards and intense love for music. Below is the list of the great maestroes and their disciples in this tradition

Ustad Vilayat Khan

  • Shri Dharamvir Singh, U.K. (sitar)
  • Shri Sher Singh Chawla, US A. (sitar)
  • Shri Baljit Singh, Khapar Kheri (vocal)
  • Shri Mohan, Bhaini Sahib (vocal)
  • Shri Sukhdev Singh, Bhaini Sahib (vocal)

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan

  • Shri Gurdev Singh, U.K. (sarod)
  • Shri Harbhajan Singh, Delhi (sitar)

Pandit Ram Narayan, Bombay

  • Shri Surjit Singh, Delhi (sarangi)
  • Shri Arvinder Singh, Mandi/Bombay (sarangi)

Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma (santoor)

  • Shri Harjinderpal Singh, Jabbal Pur
  • Shri Kiranpal Singh, U.K.
  • Shri Harpal Singh Bhalli (Nairobi)

Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia

  • Shri Satpal Singh, Jammu (flute)

Pandit Kishan Maharaj, Banaras (tabla)

  • Shri Sukhdev Singh, Jalandhar
  • Shri Sukhwinder Singh Pinki, U.K./Bhaini Sahib
  • Shri Harpal Singh Bhalli, Nairobi
  • Shri Sukhwinder Singh, Jalandhar
  • Shri Sukhdev Singh Sukhi, Bhaini Sahib

Pandit Birju Maharaj (classical dance)

  • Shri Amar Singh, Amba/Bhaini Sahib

Pandit Durga Lal (classical dance)

  • Shri Balwant Singh, Delhi
  • Shri Sukhdev Singh, Bhaini Sahib (pakhawaj)

Pandit Samta Prasad, Banaras (tabla)
1. (Late) Shri Avtar Singh, Amritsar
2. Shri Gurdit Singh, Delhi

Ustad Alha Rakkha Khan (tabla)
1. Shri Jatinderpal Singh, Jalandhar (pakhawaj)
2. Shri Kulwant Singh, Jalandhar (tabla)
3. Shri Tarsem Singh, Jalandhar (tabla)
4. Shri Kulwinder Singh, Jalandhar
5. Shri Surinder Singh, Mandi/Bombay

Ustad Bismilla Khan (Shehnai)

  • Shri Baljit Singh, Khapar Kheri

Ustad Piara Singh (tar shehnai)

  • Shri Gurdev Singh
  • Thakur Uday Singh
  • Shri Baljit Singh, Khapar Kheri
  • Shri Harbans Singh, Ghulla

Pandit Prem Vallabh (tabla)

  • Shri Surjit Singh Mattu. U.K.

Shri Rajan-Sajan Misra Bandhu (vocal)

  • Shri Mohan Singh, Bhaini Sahib
  • Shri Sukhdev Singh, Bhaini Sahib
  • Shri Sawinderpal Singh, Jalandhar
  • Bibi Kanwaljit Kaur Sweety, Delhi
  • Shri Gurmit Singh, Khapar Kheri
  • Shri Mayia Singh, Bangkok, Thailand

Pandit Hanuman Prasad Misra (sarangi)

  • Shri Surjit Singh, Delhi
  • Shri Harinderpal Singh Rayat, U.K.

Ustad Imrat Khan (sitar)

  • 1. Shri Surinder Singh Shindri, Bhaini Sahib
  • Shri Gurmukh Singh, Bhaini Sahib
  • Shri Amrik Singh, Bhaini sahib
  • Shri Tejinder Singh Rita, Canada
  • Shri Charan Singh, Jammu

Shri K L. Pandit (vocal)

  • Bibi Sarbjit Kaur, Delhi

Pandit Gopal Krishan (veena)

  • Shri Baljit Singh, Khapar Kheri
  • Shri Sant Singh, Mehal Nagar, Sirsa

Sri Ram Ji Misra (tabla)

  • Shri Harpreet Singh Sonu, Gwalior

Professor Yash Pal, Chandigarh (vocal)

  • Shri Ashwinder, Ludhiana
  • Bibi Shivranjani Kaur, Ludhiana
  • Bibi Jagdip Kaur Dipi, Jammu

We also like to mention here the names of some other Ustads who taught students who later went on to learn from famous maestroes.

The famous pakhawaj-player Ustad Nihal Singh, who was a resident pakhawaj and tabla teacher in Bhaini Sahib, worked with great dedication. He was the first teacher of Sukhwinder Singh Pinki. Shri Mohinder Singh thumri-vocalist has been giving lessons in vocal music to children in Bhaini Sahib, Mandi, Delhi and other places. The contribution of Ustad Harbhajan Singh deserves great admiration. At present, he is teaching vocal music in Bhaini sahib. The late Shri Avtar Singh was a master tabla player, and he greatly assisted Satguru Ji in teaching tabla and imparting a knowledge of music to children. Pandit Rama Kant has taught tabla to a number of students in Jalandhar and Bhaini Sahib. Professor Kirpal Singh teaches vocal music in Jalandhar. Shri Narinder Kumar Narula of Patiala is teaching sitar.

As a result of Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji's great dedication to music, a great musical institution called Namdhari Kala Kendar in Bhaini Sahib came into existence in April 1993. The members of the governing body of this school are:
Ustad Harbhajan Singh (sitar, vocal), Shri Virender Kumar of Jalandhar (sitar), Bibi Narinder Kaur of Nairobi (vocal), Shri Harjinderpal Singh (santoor), Shri Surjit Singh of Delhi (sarangi), Shri Mohan Singh and Shri Sukhdev Singh of Bhaini Sahib (vocal), Shri Rajesh Kumar Malviya of Jabbal Pur (tabla) and Shri Sukhdev Singh of Jalandhar (tabla). At present, these artists are also teaching 40 boys and 20 girls in this school.

The Satguru Partap Singh Music Festival in London, inspired by Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji's boundless benevolence and organised by the Sikh Heritage Society, is dedicated to the memory of Bhai Sahib Bhai Harnam Singh of Chawinda and Ustad Udho Khan Rampuri, who are not physically present among us now but whose dedication and service to the cause of music in Bhaini Sahib will go on inspiring generations of musicians for ever.

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