Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Today I would like to share with you about a great Ragi of the panth- Bhai Samund Singh Ji. Born at village Mulla Hamza in Montgomery District (now in Pakistan) in 1900. He was taught kirtan by his father Bhai Hazur Singh Ji from his early child-hood.

He was recognized as one of the best ragis of his times. And had a unique melodious voice, an extensive and deep understanding of Gurbani, correct interpretation of ragas, attractive style of singing and great human qualities.

He performed kirtan at the Gurdwara Janam Sthan, Sri Nankana Sahib, the birth place of Guru Nanak Dev, for many years. In addition, he sang kirtan for 36 years from All India Radio, Lahore and later from Jalandhar and commanded wide listening. Passers-by stopped in the streets to listen to his kirtan irrespective of their faith. He was invited to perform kirtan in the National Programme of Music by All India Radio, the highest recognition of his art. He was also given the State award by the Punjab Government in 1971. A few months later he passed away at Ludhiana on the 5th of January, 1972.

To read more about Bhai Samund Singh Ji’s life download this article.We are fortunate that we have some audio recordings of the kirtan done by Bhai Sahib. Some of these recordings are converted from the old vinyl tapes thus the quality is not the best so you may have to tinker around with your equalizer on your juke box.

Recordings from Keertan.Org

Asa Di Waar
Shabads

Recordings from GurmatSangeetProject.Com

Shabads

I have not heard all the shabads so I cant comment on the kind of instruments being used. However, I am very sure that the shabads are being sung in the Nirdharit Raag. If you do find a shabad not being sung in the Nirdharit Raag please let me know.

Guru Fateh!
Angad Singh

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Notice

April 25, 2006

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

I have realized that the ftp to where I uploaded all the kirtan is not working. I have emailed the people incharge twice already but I have not heard from them yet.

Effectively almost all the links on my blog will not work until the server is up.

Guru Fateh!
Angad Singh