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     "   SUKHVINDER SINGH Bharaj (Pinky) is one of India's most dynamic tabla players who is recognized worldwide for his unique style of playing. He is distinct  ramgarhia, with his hard work and the blessings of Satguru ji he got  Grammy award in 1994 ( highest award in music)."

           S.Sukhwinder Singh Bharaj  was born to Smt Amarjit Kaur Sains on 26th September 1965, Bhaini Sahib in the District of Ludihana,  Punjab. Sri Bhaini Sahib is a spiritual Ashram, a shrine where His Holiness Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji is the spiritual leader of the Namdhari community. His father S. Santokh Singh was a true devote of Satguru ji.

          When Sukhvinder Singh was only five years old, Sri Satguru Ji realised his potential and destiny. He began teaching him Hindustani Classical music and noticed the natural gift of "laya and taal" he had within him and made him a disciple of the late Pakhawaj Samrat, Ustad Nihal Singh ji. he was 11 year old when he send him to Banaras Gharana to learn music. Being a child prodigy he gave his first Solo performance at the age of 13 years at Birla Mateshwari Hall, Mumbai in 1978.

     After receiving a sound foundation in Pakawaj, Sukhvinder had a desire to learn Tabla. Later in 1978, Sukhvinder left his home and family to study tabla in the traditional GURUKUL, Guru Shishya Parampara, under none other than the legendary Tabla Maestro, Pandit Kishan Maharaj, the doyen of the famous Banaras Gharana. . Kishan Maharaj saw the potential and dedications in the young Sukhvinder and gave him meticulous attention and tutelage. Pt. Kishan Maharaj takes pride in mentioning "Sukhvinder" as one of his best disciples who is carrying out the tradition of his "Banaras Baaj" (Banaras style of Tabla playing). He is known for his keen capability to capture the audience with his spontaneity, power, and virtuosity during his performances.

     Sukhvinder has performed with India's legendary Sitarists, Pt. Ravi Shankar and Ustad Vilayat Khan, renowned flautist Pt.Hari Prasad Chaurasia, and vocalists none other than, Pt. Rajan Sajan Mishra, and Pt. Jasraj. Sukhvinder has toured extensively across USA and India with Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. He played on the famous CD, which won a Grammy Award In 1994, "A Meeting by the River". Sukhvinder has more than 40 CD's in the markets worldwide.
    Sukhvinder has also been a featured soloist with BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in London. Sukhvinder was also presented with the 2004  Asian Guild Award. Sukhvinder devoted himself to the study of Rhythm.

          He got married to Smt. Jaswinder Kaur the couple is blessed with a daughter and a son.

M  E  S  S  A  G  E " .We have to listen good music and buck up the good musicians. "

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