Satguru Jagjit Singh Namdhari



Satguru Jagjit Singh is the spiritual head of the Namdhari Sikh community, and the doyen of the school of devotional music associated with that community. Born in 1920 in Punjab, he was initiated into music by his father Satguru Partap Singh. He later studied music under Bhai Harnam Singh of Chawinda. Satguru Jagjit Singh also learnt the Dilruba from Jiwan Singh of the Patiala gharana, better known as Bhai Mastan Singh.
An accomplished singer and Dilruba player, Satguru Jagjit Singh has worked ceaselessly for the development and propagation of Indian classical music and the Gurmat Sangeet. Having succeeded his father as spiritual head of the Namdhari Sikhs in 1959, Satguru Jagjit Singh has organized the Satguru Partap Singh Sangeet Sammelan regularly in his memory. A number of talented students have been encouraged and supported by Satguru Jagjit Singh to learn music from the leading maestros. He has himself performed widely in music festivals, and created compositions set to various ragas in unconventional talas.
Satguru Jagjit Singh is the recipient of several honours including the Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan Award conferred in 1999.
Satguru Jagjit Singh Namdhari is elected Tagore Fellow of Sangeet Natak Akademi for his contribution to Indian music.