From the Guru’s Durbar to God’s Durbar.

November 25, 2006

My dear ones Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

It pains me to inform you that Bhai Avtar Singh ji has passed away on the 24th of November at his family home in India. Bhai Baldeep Singh his sent me a mail informing me about this loss.

Bhai Sahib, was a legendary kirtanea and belonged to a family who has been serving the guru ghar and the sangat for 11 generations. He was known for scores of reets that were passed down to him from his forefathers who sang the same reets in the guru sahibs court.

He was a person who devoted his life and did what he was born to do…to serve the sangat and the guru ghar ..whilst many in his generation strayed off the path of the guru and got caught up in worldly matters he stood strong, like a rock…

Though I only learnt about Bhai Sahib about 3 years ago and met him only once, the passion with which he did kirtan is just amazing. His style, unique and attractive made one of my gora friends say..

“i don’t know what he is singing but i can feel a strong yearning in his voice..he’s calling out to someone”…

..Mohan Ghar Avoh…this only happens when a man sings from his heart and as we all know there are very few who can be compared with him..there is no doubt as to why in my friend circle he is known as and referred to as GOD.

In addition to doing blissful kirtan, Bhai Sahib and his brother also wrote 2 books which contain about 500 priceless compositions in the raags of the guru granth sahib. Also in his last 3 years he picked up the taus once again and that has helped in propagation of Tanti Saaj Kirtan.

Let us be inspired by Bhai Sahib’s works and carry on the legacy of doing kirtan the way it ought to be done.

Below are links to some of my favorite shabad reets rendered by Bhai Sahib.

Dhan Siranda Sacha Paathsha

this shabad is the 1st shabad under Alhaniyan. Alhainya is the bani sung at the time of death. There are 2 shabads under alhaniyan and they are both wirtten by Guru Nanak Dev Ji in Raag Vadhans.

Gun Naad Dhun Anhad Bhed

this is an ancient reet of the times of the Guru sahib’s. This is one of the oldest forms of dhrupad sung in the courts of the guru sahib

Mohan Ghar Avoh

listening to this a gora friend said… “i don’t know what he is singing but i can feel a strong yearning in his voice..he’s calling out to someone”…

Saajanara Mera Saajanara

Moko Taar Le Rama Taar Le

May God and Guru be with Bhai Sahib’s family.

Guru Ang Sang!



6 Responses to “From the Guru’s Durbar to God’s Durbar.”

  1. Beant singh kutta nd jatlee Says:

    wjkkwjkf well we have to accept Guru Jis bhanna. ragi Ji is still here, and his heritage of keertan shall resonate beyond time. ragi ji will forever be remembered and pulld the strings with their keertan of allot of gursikhs. we dont need to say bless hes soul because hes soul was blessed and shared it it with gursikhs all over the world,. dont cry it ent gna help , if u wanna do summin do 5 chaupai sahibs and an ardaaas so the Phall goes to them . wjkkwjkf

  2. satvinder Says:

    waheguru ji

  3. Angad me and you both can agree on the fact that GOD is invincible and cannot die! : )

  4. Angad Singh Says:

    fateh baba ji..

    i am sure he sitting by his father playing the taus in god’s court..he probably sang in the sunday morning diwan

  5. Upinder Kaur Says:

    In 1969 Bhai Sahib had come for Antim Ardas kirtan of my grand father and he sang this shabad jaisae jal thae budhabudhaa oupajai binasai neeth
    On 25th morning when Bhai Kultar Singh ji Sang believe me there was no difference in the voice.
    It was as if Bhai Avtar Singh ji himself was singing…
    Gurbani tells us-
    ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਜੀਵੈ ਮਰੈ ਪਰਵਾਣੁ ॥ (੧੨੫-੧, ਮਾਝ, ਮ: ੩)
    gurmukh jeevai marai parvaan.
    The Gurmukhs are celebrated in life and death.
    ਆਰਜਾ ਨ ਛੀਜੈ ਸਬਦੁ ਪਛਾਣੁ ॥
    aarjaa na chheejai sabad pachhaan.
    Their lives are not wasted; they realize the Word of the Shabad.
    ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਮਰੈ ਨ ਕਾਲੁ ਨ ਖਾਏ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਸਚਿ ਸਮਾਵਣਿਆ ॥੨॥
    gurmukh marai na kaal na khaa-ay gurmukh sach samaavani-aa. ||2||
    The Gurmukhs do not die; they are not consumed by death. The Gurmukhs are
    absorbed in the True Lord. ||2||
    ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਹਰਿ ਦਰਿ ਸੋਭਾ ਪਾਏ ॥
    gurmukh har dar sobhaa paa-ay.
    The Gurmukhs are honored in the Court of the Lord.

  6. Angad Singh Says:

    I was in tears when I heard Kultar Veerji explain the shabad…

    this is the link

    a wonderful tribute to his father

    Guru Fateh

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