Parminder Singh Bhamra

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Parminder Singh Bhamra is a world-class musician, specializing in the ancient Amritsari Baaj style of playing the Indian percussion pakhawaj. Bhamra hails from Kapurthala, in the North West region of Punjab, and he is the grandson of the traditional instrument maker and musician Gyani Harbhajan Singh Mistri (1920 – 2005). Gyani Harbhajan Singh, was known to be a student of the illustrious Ustad Bhai Batan Singh of Mehli, played a crucial role in helping revive some of the extinct instruments from the Sikh tradition such as the taus, dilruba (older version), saranda and dhrupadi rabab.

Parminder’s Study started his studies in 2003, when Gyani Harbhajan Singh requested Bhai Baldeep Singh, the gaddi-nasheen of the oldest surviving tradition of percussion in India, and the 13th generation exponent of the Gurubani Kirtan Parampara, to accept Parminder under his tutelage. Since then, Parminder has dedicated himself to learn the art of playing the pakhawaj and jori from Bhai Baldeep Singh. While staying at the Guru-hold of Bhai Baldeep Singh, he was provided with the rare privilege to receive various compositions from master percussionists as Pandit Panna Lal Upadhyaya, Pandit Mohan Shyam Sharma, and Pandit Ravi Shankar Upadhyay.