Indian Festival 2018

SITAR Wizard Shri Harvinder Singh

Shri Harvinder Singh was born in the North Indian State of Punjab. His father, the late Shri Arjan Singh, a regular broadcaster of All India Radio, was the first to initiate him into the technique of playing the Sitar, in the tradition of Ustad Bande Ali Khan Gharana of Indore. Later on, Shri Harvinder Singh earned the privilege of studentship with a maestro of the eminence of Late Shri Suchindra Kumar Dutta of Saniya Maihar Gharana, for advance training in this pursuit. Although an exponent of the Saniya Maihar Gharana, Shri Harvinder Singh has developed an individual inimitable style of his own. He reveals great gifts of imagination in his performance by beautifully blending the sound effects of other Indian stringed instruments which includes Santoor, Veena, Sarod and Sarangi respectively

Comments on Raga music by Shri Harvinder Singh: When we listen to a raga and just lose ourselves in the music, we are attuning with something of a high and subtle nature that is absorbed by our consciousness while we are listening and concentrating upon the music and its source. During the minutes we sit completely lost in the thrill and beauty of the music, we become a part of it, and every cell in our body is affected by the vibrations, the message and the beauty of it. Ill health, disease, inharmonious functioning of organs and parts of the body are easily altered or changed, or completely modified by the presence of music and the great attunement that comes.

Sitar and symphony orchestra Shri Harvinder appeared as soloist in a concerto for Sitar and Orchestra commissioned by the Royal Academy Orchestra Stockholm. A symphony composed by Mr. Gunnar Valkare, which premiered in 1999 at the National Hall in Stockholm, Sweden. Shri Harvinder Singh has recorded for many broadcasting organisations and appeared on TV in several countries. He has also combined his talents with many top musicians of the west.

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