Born on 1 February 1936 in Poong village in Sialkot district of Punjab - now in Pakistan – Shri Gurdial Singh is a reputed maker of the Dilruba, Sitar, and other musical instruments of North India. He learnt the art of instrument-making initially from S. Mohan Singh, and later from Laxman Singh.
A professional of long standing, Shri Gurdial Singh has been working at his craft for over five decades in the city of Jalandhar. He is one of the oldest manufacturers of musical instruments in Jalandhar, and his shop serves as a meeting place for musicians and artists. Through his dedication to his work, he has won the trust and appreciation of a whole generation of musicians.
For his contribution in the field of instrument-making, Shri Gurdial Singh has been honoured by several organizations in Punjab. He was hailed as the foremost maker of string instruments in Punjab –‘Punjab vich tanti saja de pramukh sajkar’ - at the Rababi Bhai Mardana Shastri Sangeet Sammelan (2012) organized by Punjabi University, Patiala. He has received special recognition for his service to music from the Shree Baba Harivallabh Sangeet Mahasabha of Jalandhar (2013).
Shri Gurdial Singh receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to the art of instrument-making.