Bhai Pinderpal Singh
Bhai Pinderpal Singh Ji, the charismatic Gursikh kathavachak was born in the Village of Tharva Majra, District Karnal, in the state of Haryana, India. His ancestors came from the Village of Choodkan in the District of Sheikhpura, now in Pakistan. This is where the the religious site of Sacha Sauda of Guru Nanak Dev Ji is located. His family moved to the Indian side of the border after the separation of India and Pakistan.
He was born in July 1966. His father's name is Sardar Hardial Singh and his mother is Balbir Kaur. Bhai Sahib is married and lives with his wife and children together with his parents in Urban Colony, Ludhiana, Punjab, India. He received his initial education at his village after which he studied at the Gurmat Missionary Collage in Ropar, Punjab, India.
He has travelled extensively throughout India and the rest of the world spreading the message of Sri Guru Granth Sahib. During his visits to the US, audio recordings of his katha on various banis were done and uploaded by sevaks to various sites. He has been the "anchor" kathavachak at Gurdwara Kalgidhar Sahib for many years.
The appeal, charm and novelty of his katha lies, amongst other things, in is his strict adherence to Gurbani, Bhai Gurdas Ji's and Bhai Nand Lal Ji's writings. The illustrations and examples that he provides during the course of his katha are from Gurbani and not "external" sources.
He is a model of Sikhi lifestyle as he lives his life in a very simple, unassuming and humble way. He effectively lives what he preaches and it is for this reason that he has become a great role model for the Sikh youth of today. He is always conciliatory in his approach and believes in convincing others through discussion rather than applying any kind of force.
The magic and conviction of his katha lies in the deep passion and love with which he speaks. He quotes Gurbani extensively during the course of his katha and backs up everything he says with Gurbani. He attributes his success as a kathavachak entirely to Guruji's bakshish.
Unlike many other kathavachaks, he is always positive in his approach and does not use the stage at the Gurdwaras to be critical of individuals, committees or issues. Bhai sahib makes it a point to stay above petty political frays and never involves himself in the local politics of any city or town that he visits. Bhai Sahib is one of the most if not the most inspirational and motivational Sikh preachers today.
Bhai Sahib's katha is telecast daily in the Punjab by ETC Punjbai channel. Bhai Sahib has also been appointed to do the katcha duty at Gurdwara Manji sahib in Amritsar, a task preciously performed by the late Sant Singh Maskeen. Whenever he is at home in Ludhiana he does katha every morning at Gurdwara Kalgidhar Sahib. He has been doing that for many years now and is held in very high regard and is very well respected by the sangat there.