Akademi Award: Gurbani (Punjab)
Shri Kartar Singh was born in 1928 in Ghumanke
village in Lahore district of Punjab, now in Pakistan. He was initially
trained in the traditional Gurbani music by several teachers including
Giani Gurcharan Singh, Bhai Sunder Singh Kasoorwale, Bhai Dalip Singh,
and J.S. Bhanwra. Later, he honed his art under the guidance of Balwant
Among the foremost singers of Gurbani today, Shri Kartar Singh has at
the same time pursued a career in the teaching of music. He taught first
at the Malwa Central College of Education and later served at the Guru
Nanak Girls College, Ludhiana, as Head of its department of music. At
present, he is Director of the Gurmat Sangeet Academy at Sri Anandpur
Sahib, Ropar, where he has trained a large number of students. He has
participated in the Basant Kirtan Darbar during the Hola Mohalla festivities
at Sri Anandpur Sahib since 2000. He also attended the Kirtan Darbar
commemorating three hundred years of the Gurta Gaddi of Sri Guru Granth
Sahib, rendering Gurbani in prescribed ragas accompanied by traditional
instruments. Recordings of Shabads sung by Shri Kartar Singh have been
widely disseminated. He has also authored several books on Gurbani music.
For his work in propagating Gurmat Sangeet, he has received wide acclaim
from the general public and concerned institutions.
Shri Kartar Singh receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution
to the Gurbani music of Punjab.