Virasat Foundation Presents Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji Sangeet Sammelan – A Two Day Grand Festival Of Indian Classical Music


SURREY – Virasat Foundation in association with NamdhariSangat are proud to announce that they arepresenting a special two day Grand Festival of Indian Classical Music in the memory of His Holiness Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji.  The Sangeet Sammelan will be held at 5pm each day on Saturday July 30th 2016 and Sunday July 31st 2016at the Michael J. Fox Theatre, Burnaby, B.C. Thisfree music festival will be the first of it’s kind to be held in the Lower Mainlandand will be held in the divine presence of His Holiness Sri Satguru Uday Singh Ji.  It will feature internationally acclaimed musicians including the great tabla virtuoso Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri and the world-renownedbansuri (flute) maestro Pandit Ronu Majumdar amongst many others.

Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji (1920-2012) made an immense contribution to Indian Classical Music which was one of a kind and incomparable.  He was not only a master musician but was also a great humanitarian and spiritual master.  He was the spiritual head of the Namdhari Sikhs from 1959 to 2012.  His patronage of the arts was unparalleled.  Through His great patronage many well-known musicians were helped both financially and in other ways.  He also promoted Indian Classical Music throughout the world and was revered by the top musicians of India who used to come to Him to seek His blessings.  He was a vast treasure trove of traditional compositions that were centuries old.

He was devoted to the recital of hymns from the Sri Guru Granth Sahib in ragas performed on stringed instruments.  His dedication and blessings had allowed students from all around the world to learn from the great maestros and to continue singing the Gurbani in its purest and traditional form.  On this occasion a special colour souvenir in the memory of Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji will be released during the Sangeet Sammelan.

The first day of the Sangeet Sammelan will start with a traditional dhrupad from UstadHarbhajan Singh who is amongst the most senior musicians of today thatsing GurbaniKirtanbased on ragas in itstraditional form.  He will be accompanied by Balwant Singh (vocal) and Harpreet Singh on tabla.  UstadGurdev Singh will perform traditional classical compositions on the dilruba and the tarshehnai.  He is a leading performer of these stringed instruments and will be accompanied on tabla by the popular local artist Sunny Matharu.  Following this, Dilshad Khan will perform a sarangi solo.  He is one of the leading sarangi players in India and is the nephew of the great sarangi legend Ustad Sultan Khan.  The sarangi is regarded as the closest instrument to the human voice.  Dilshad Khan will be accompanied by Hanif Khan on tabla.  In the second-half the audience will be treated to the mysticalsound of the bansuri from the world-renowned bansuri maestro PanditRonuMajumdar.  His name is synonymous with his instrument and he will be accompanied on tabla by one of India’s greatest living musicians PanditSwapan Chaudhuri.

One of India’s top vocalists of the younger generation,Balwant Singh, will begin the second day by singing compositions that he learnt from Sri SatguruJagjit Singh Ji.  He will be accompanied by Dilshad Khan on sarangi and Harpreet Singh on tabla.  Following this, the young outstanding musician,AbhisekLahiri,will present a sarod recital.  He will be accompanied on tabla by UstadAkram Khan who is one of India’s top tabla players.The finale of the SangeetSammelan will be a traditional tabla solo presented by the great living legend PanditSwapan Chaudhuri.  He will present traditional compositions of the Lucknow Gharana and will be accompanied on sarangi by Dilshad Khan.A two-part video documentary on Sri SatguruJagjit Singh Ji will also be shownduring the two day music festival.

Virasat Foundation in association withNamdhariSangat are delighted to be presenting this special Sri SatguruJagjit Singh Ji SangeetSammelan in Sri SatguruUday Singh Ji’s presence featuring world-renowned classical musicians from Indiaand welcomes everyone to attend. This will be an opportunity for everyone to listen to Indian Classical Musicin its finest form from some of India’s leading classical musicians. As a tribute to Sri SatguruJagjit Singh Ji, there will be no charge for admission.  Please contact Virasat Foundation in advance for free admission passes or reserve your seat online at  Admission passes will be given on a first come first serve basis and music loversare encouraged to reserve their seats early for this magnificent musical celebration.

About Virasat Foundation:

Virasat Foundation was established in 2001 and is an organisation dedicated to preserving and promoting the rich culture, traditions and heritage of India. Virasat means what belongs to all of us, what has been handed over to us by earlier generations and that which we have to hold on to and pass on to the futuregenerations. It is this virasat that makes us what we are and will contribute to our next generation what they will be.  Ourmission isto preserve, promote and develop what is best in virasat in its full grandeur and hand over to our coming generations a treasure greater than what our last generations handed over to us. This includes providing a climate for holding concerts and various social activities, perpetuating the cultural aspects such as Indian classical music, folk music, fine arts, etc., conducting educational programs, promoting Indian languages and traditional medicines and other services to the people.

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