Puratan Ragi Bhai Samund Singh Ji

April 25, 2006

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

Recordings from GurmatSangeetProject.Com


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


3 Responses to “Puratan Ragi Bhai Samund Singh Ji”

  1. S.K. Says:

    Thank you for sharing this, beautiful and so inspiring.

  2. jatlee Says:

    wow this is so inspiring i never found info on this Raagi before! they’ll never be forgotten!!

  3. Angad Singh,

    Gyani Dyal Singh used to play dilruba with the Jatha of Bhai Samund Singh back in the day. He told me about it many times and Sarbpreet Singh of gurmatsangeetproject.com has written about it as well.

    Bhai Samund Singh sang in many different styles. Because he also sang on All India Radio some of the recordings you will hear use non-classical and non-mariada instruments like the flute.

    One style he sang in is Thumri. That is not traditional gurmat sangit, but it sounds great and he was an expert at it. You must try to load “dhan so des jahan tu vasia…” sung by Bhai Sahib. I found it on http://www.proudtobesikh.com/. That recording is part of the 50 Glorious Years of Recorded Shabads – 5 cassette set which you might be able to get in Delhi.

    Carhdi Kala!

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