March 25, 2006

Bhai..who is she?
Is she punjabi?
Do I know her?
From where is she?
Why did not tell me about her?
Are you 2 attached?
Sorry guys .. I am not talking about the hot girl I am dating ( ps for the record..its no one right now)

I am talking about The Dilruba – a lovely north indian stringed instrument. I saw it for the very 1st time in 2004 at the talk on Musical Frame Work of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, it was Amardeep Ji’s Dilruba. I heard it play in numerous shabads sung by great ragis of the panth like Bhai Balbir Singh and Bhai Dharam Singh Zakhmi. I was in love with the sound. However, it was only in late 2005 that I really developed a passion for kirtan. Within a few months of learning kirtan from Amardeep Ji I was sure that I WANTED to play the dilruba.

I got it about 2 weeks ago. I am grateful to the one and only Dr. Jasbir Singh Khalsa aka Prajee Scott who willingly let me have his dilruba . It was passed down to him by his sister’s father in law. Now I am a proud owner of a dilruba that is about 40 – 50 years old!!!

I would also like to thank my papa for getting me the strings and the gaj( bow) and an electronic tabla. I stringed it up myself after seeing how how it has been stringed, its quite a task.Amardeep Ji, who is a lot more than just my Kirtan teacher, will be helping me tune it.

If you want to buy one you can go to Raj Musicals.

In Singapore we don’t have a Dilruba teacher and Prajee Scott is quite busy so Amardeep Ji offered to help me with the basics. Also passed me his copy of the dilruba tutor video( you can google “Dilruba Tutor”. This is the only one available but the price varies). Alternatively you can join the RajAcademy Online Course.

I hope you guys downloaded the partal shabads mentioned in the previous post. In the Suhi Raag Partal Shabad Bhai Kultar Singh ji, the son of Bhai Avtar Singh ji explains a great deal about partals and their structure. The instrument being played in most of those shabads is the Taus. The Dilruba is a derivative of the taus.

Have a nice weekend.

Guru Fateh!

Angad Singh


8 Responses to “Dilruba..ah..”

  1. upinder kaur Says:

    congratulations! May Waheguru bless you.

  2. S.K. Says:

    Awww, you’re a proud owner of such a beautiful instrument, kudos for keeping Gurmat Sangeet alive.

    I must post pictures of my ‘baby’ as well 🙂

  3. Angad Singh Says:

    =)…thank you for the congratulations!

    SK ji yes..please post pics of your “baby”..make sure u do it soon =p

    have a nice weekend

    guru fateh!

  4. Puneet Kaur Says:

    Fateh ji

    That dilruba really looks beautiiful & ur really lucky to possess 1!
    I hope u go a long way playing it & singing Maharaj’s bani.

    Guru rakha

  5. Prabhu Singh Says:

    I got my dilruba last year and it has stolen my heart. Raag kirtan is so amazing and your passion and your blog are doing great things for traditional Gurbani Kirtan.
    WaheGuru Ji Ka Khalsa, WaheGuru Ji Ki Fateh!

  6. Angad Singh Says:

    Guru Fateh Prabhu Singh ji,

    Yes indeed the guru’s way is the best and being a sikh of the guru we have to do our best to follow his hukum.

    I do what I can..i know there is lots of room for improvement..my journey has just begun..i have miles to go before i sleep

    Btw the pictures you post are mind blowing..here in sinagpore we never get such scenes cause the time span for dusk and dawn are really short..

    Guru Ang Sang!

  7. jatlee Says:

    She truely is a heart stealer!

  8. simran singh Says:

    ….i join the others in congratulating you, lucky you, dilruba is such a beautiful instrument. i myself am very keen on learning it, any idea how much it will cost in indian rupees?

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