Bhai Harjinder Singh

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Bhai Harjinder Singh (Sri Nagar wale)

Bhai Harjinder Singh (b. 1958) is a well known ragi and is recognised by most Sikhs globally. Bhai sahib has been performing kirtan from a very young age and is self-taught. His mission is to unite all Sikhs worldwide to the Guru's path through his special style of Shabad kirtan. Bhai Harjinder Singh is the elder brother of Bhai Maninder Singh; they are both exceptional vocalist and very able harmonium player. Bhai Jatinder Singh used to play the Tabla with the jatha (group). For almost three decades the jatha has enlightened Guru-ki-sangat in all parts of the world.

In 1975 Bhai Sahib was given a job by Sant Giani Kartar Singh Ji Khalsa Bhindranwale, where he stayed with their jatha and developed as a ragi. Bhai Sahib started his kirtan career in 1980 at Sri Nagar. He formed a jatha with his younger brother Bhai Maninder Singh and with Bhai Harnaam Singh, who is now huzuri ragi, Sri Harmander Sahib, on tabla. They performed at Sri Nagar for 3 years and then came to Ludhiana in 1983.

Service to the Panth

In Ludihana, they performed at Sabji Mandi Gurdwara. This was where the Sikh sangat started calling him "Sri Nagar" Wale. Although Bhai Sahib was not aware of this suffix to his name until one devoted Sikh printed their first business card with the name, “Bhai Harjinder Singh Sri Nagar Wale” . Bhai Sahib has over 100 albums consisting of over 600 Gurbani shabads, all with melodious music.

Bhai sahib's jatha play a mix of both classical raga and modern raga based tunes as a three-some where Bhai Harjinder Singh is the lead vocalist with support from his younger brother (who now has his own group/jatha). Their style is slow and mallow and very conducive to Gurbani kirtan and they have huge following throughout the world and especially in India, UK, Australia, and USA.

In Bhai Sahib's own words: "I am where I am today because of the Shabad Guru. I am merely a singer of the Guru's praises of the Guru's words; I am a humble servant of the Guru, if anyone is to be praised it is the Guru Granth and the Guru Panth. It is only by the great fortune blessed upon me by Guru Ji and the sangat that I am where I am today"

Brothers have successful jathas

Bhai Maninder Singh now has his own jatha (group) and on a recent visit to the UK in June/July 2006, they both took part in an Atamras kirtan events where they performed as separate groups. Both brother share a very similar style of kirtan.

Bhai Sahib now lives at Ludihana and his jatha is now comprised of Bhai Gagandeep Singh (plays harmonium) and Bhai Gurinder pal Singh (plays tabla). As of 2011 Bhai Gagandeep has his own jatha and is now known as Bhai Gagandeep Singh Ganga Nagar Wale.

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