SANDEEP SINGH (Taus & Dilruba Player)
Sandeep Singh belongs to a family of traditional Raagis (Sikh devotional singers). In 2018, he was accepted as a shagird (disciple) by Ustad Dilshad Khan ji of the renowned Sikar Gharana. An A-grade artist of All India Radio & Doordarshan, Singh has many firsts to his credit. He has performed on many stages in India and also staged performances in the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Dubai, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand etc. Besides being a classical artist, Singh also regularly collaborates with renowned artists from the Punjabi Film Industry. In the year 2018, he collaborated with A.R. Rahman. Singh has been instrumental in reviving the string instruments Taus and Dilruba, by becoming the first artist to play these instruments in Shri Harmandar Sahib, The Golden Temple. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Ustad Latif Khan Award by Ustad Allauddin Khan Music and Arts Academy (Bhopal), Sur Mani Award by Sur Singar Samsad (Mumbai), and the Gurmat Sangeet Award by Jawaddi Taksal (Ludhiana).
Born into a family of musicians, Avirbhav Verma grew up surrounded by soulful music. He is the son of the late Shri Pawan Kumar Verma, an illustrious Tabla Maestro, from whom he learnt his first lessons. After his father's untimely demise, Verma continued his studies with his grandfather, Guru Pt. Lachman Singh Seen, one of the pillars of the Punjab Gharana. On the basis of his performances in Punjab Kala Bhawan, Verma was selected to visit the U.K. under the Shropshire Punjab Cultural Exchange project and his name was recognized at the Vishnu Digamber Sangeet Sammelan held in Agra, where he earned the appreciation of distinguished music lovers. After years of training, Verma has gained noticeable command of Peshkar, Keyda, Pranas, Charkadar Tukras, Gats and Laggis, Chakradar Tahais, and has accomplished a perfect balance of Dayan and Bayan. Recognizing the virtuosity and depth of his art, the Government of Punjab, through the Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, awarded him a Certificate of Merit, which was presented to him by Punjab’s Chief Minister. Verma has performed with several renowned artistes and has also staged many solo performances.