Gurmat Sangeet : Harimander Sahib + Shabads

March 10, 2006

Tradition revived at Golden Temple
Pawan Kumar

Amritsar, March 6

The Golden Temple ambience today resonated with Gurbani kirtan performed with ancient and traditional musical instruments for the first time after partition. The tradition of performing kirtanaccompanied with tanpura, rabab, swarmandal was revived in the gurdwara.

Prof Kartar Singh, Director of the SGPC-run Sangeet Academy at Anandpur Sahib, performed kirtan with the traditional instruments, including two tanpuras, taus, swarmandal and harmonium. He sang four shabads of Guru Nanak Dev and Guru Gobind Singh, including ‘Mitar piare nu’, and of Bhagat Kabir and Bhagat Ramanand in basant raag.

He said shabad kirtan and Gurbani had a classical base. However, he rued that we had lost the classical base and by using modern instruments which was against the Rehat Maryada. Due to this, the sangat did not attach with the shabads and Gurbani, he added. He praised the SGPC initiative of reviving the tradition.

Prof Kartar Singh will perform tomorrow also. Dr Gurnam Singh, Head of the Music Department, Punjabi University, Patiala, will also perform on March 7 and 8. Bhai Nirmal Singh Khalsa and Bhai Gurmit Singh Shant will perform kirtan on March 9-10 and March 16-17, respectively. Bhai Avtar Singh will perform on March 18.

Mr Avtar Singh, President of the SGPC, also enjoyed the kirtan. He said the committee would ensure that at least one raagi adept in traditional instruments was present during the kirtan in the sanctum santorum. [Its happening..YAY!!..]

He said students were being trained at Punjabi University and the SGPC-run Sangeet Academy at Anandpur Sahib on traditional instruments.

These are some of the books written by Prof Kartar Singh Ji and Dr. Gurnam Singh Ji about Gurmat Sangeet.

  1. Gurbani Sangeet Darpan – Prof. Kartar Singh – Published by SGPC
  2. Gyan Bandshavli – Dr. Gurnam Singh – Publisher Punjabi University, Patiala
  3. Gurmat Sangeet Prabandh Tey Pasar – dr. Gurnam Singh, Punjabi University, Patiala
  4. Gurmat Sangeet Rag Ratnavali (in HINDI Language) – Dr. Gurnam Singh & Dr. Yashpal Sharma

I have uploaded files of Dr. Gurnam Singh Ji doing kirtan in the 62 different Raags of the Guru Granth Sahib in the order of the Raag structure.

PS. Asa is the 1st Raag and not Sri Raag to appear in the Guru Granth Sahib. However, the Raag Structure starts with Sri Raag and ends with Jaijaiwanti.

Click here to donwload the shabads. There are 10 files. Please download all of them.

If any one has been able to hear the Kirtan done by these amazing kirtaneeas please let me the know the date and time(IST) cause I have tried to find the kirtan but I am unable to do so.

Those of my readers who can head out to Harminder Sahib please do. Its going to be amazing. I can imagine Bhai Avtar Singh Ji with his taus singing at the same place where his ancestors did kirtan in the court of Guru Ram Das Ji.

Guru Ang Sang!


7 Responses to “Gurmat Sangeet : Harimander Sahib + Shabads”

  1. Puneet Kaur Says:


    It is a blessing listening to the ragis singing shabads in the traditional style. I cant believe am actually listening to the rabab, the taos… being played at Darbar Sahib, Amritsar its just beautiful.A blessing indeed! I hope this goes on forever…
    Thanks for all the shabads Veera, you’re doing just gr8. Maharaj meher karan ji

  2. Sikhi Seeker Says:

    That’s incredibly good news! I never realized that Sri Harimandir Sahib was devoid of the ancient form of Kirtan for so long. But now that it is back, is great news. I might be visiting Amritsar for 15 days this April. I really hope to be blessed with ample opportunity to enjoy such blissful delights 🙂
    Thanks for sharing such wonderful info!

  3. Hari Amrit Kaur Says:

    its a nice try, but why do we only get a glimpse of a few days, of something we owe to our Guru 24/7?
    How can we accept this as a treat, when we know, that every single day we shame our guru by allowing kirtan in Gurus home, which is not under its prescibed ragas and on an instrument, which doesnt allow the use of micro tones, meends, etc? Why do we think we need to use this instrument, when Guru Nanak dev Ji. Guru Arjun Dev Ji and Guru Hargobind Ji have given us instruments to sing their praises?
    If Guru Arjun Dev Ji Maharaj did Kirtan on Saranda in Harimandir Sahib, then how dare we not to follow his example and hukum?

  4. Angad Singh Says:

    Guru fateh Hari Amrit Kaur ji!

    I must say that people all over the world are doing their bit to revive taking up the tanti saaaz of the guru and sing bani the way the guru commanded us to.

    Their efforts are begning to pay off but it will take time to undo the damage done in the last 80 odd yrs..

    To me its a treat to see the right things happening day we will have a treat everyday..evry moment..that day is not too far.

    Guru Rakaha

  5. Anonymous Says:

    cant get the link to work
    can you please make sure that the darbar sahib recording is working
    many thanks

  6. Guest Says:

    Your link doesnt seem to work. Could you please let me know where I could download these files from.

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