Amazing Kirtaneeyas

July 23, 2005

The Chardi Kala Jatha, 3 young American Sikhs who do beautiful Kirtan and are role models for youngsters all over the world. You can listen to their kirtan on line at Sikhnet by searching for Chardi Kela Jatha. If anyone knows where I can download/buy more CD’s please let me know.

Avtar Singh jee does beautiful kirtan. Here he is in Boston doing kirtan on a Tuas. He teaches Gurbani Kirtan. To read about him and to download his kirtan please visit

Dharm Singh Zakhmi jee and his Jatha did amazing classical kirtan. to read more about Zakhmi jee and to listen to his kirtan please visit

Maharaja Ranjit Singh

July 23, 2005

It’s a treasure that’s coveted by historians, souvenir hunters and antique collectors. These bags at the revenue records department contain documents that date back to the times of Maharaja Ranjit Singh and the British government. These 200-year-old land revenue records have been with the government since Partition.

What makes these documents unusual from scores of land revenue records of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s darbar—known as the Khalsa darbar—are that they are in gurmukhi script. Historian and chairman of Indian Institute of Advanced Studies (IIAS), J.S. Grewal says: ‘‘The official work in Khalsa darbar was conducted in Persian script as is evident from the large research material handled by the historians but I have heard that some of the private correspondence of the Maharaja was in gurmukhi.’’