On May 29, 2012, on my way back from a meeting at Punjabi University, Patiala, I stopped by to meet blacksmith Sardar Tirlochan Singh of Doraha. His name had been recommended by one of my tabla students, Hansbir Singh and a pakhawaj/dholak student, Amrik Singh who have recently settled at my residence in Delhi to pursue their studies. Tirlochan Singh makes chimta-s for the kirtankar-s of the Nanaksar Samprada (tradition) which are relatively heavier than the chimte that are available off the shelf. Although I found his workmanship little crude but he is a fine chap. He eventually placed and refused to accept money for the chimta, minus the shakers, that I chose. I have invited him to visit the Anad Conservatory site at Qila, Sultanpur Lodhi where I want to develop a series of high quality chimte.
My crazy interns, two wild kids from Vasant Valley School – Himmat and Anmol, drank more than 8 glasses of juices, rejecting half of them (and they haven’t fallen sick) while I engaged in a conversation with Tirlochan Singh. I suspect that the glass of juice they sent for me was the one they had rejected 😉 Here are a few images from the visit to the workshop of Tirlochan Singh, a blacksmith.
your internees seem great, and I’m sure they are very grateful for all that you have been organizing for them! they have decided to now work very hard, and make you proud.
I was glad to have you all over and I hope you all would somehow benefit from the experience/s.
Look forward to meeting you all in August as discussed.
What a fortunate opportunity for these young people!