congraulate Prof Kartar
Singh for Sangeet Natak Akademi Award
Los Angeles, June 26, 2009
Prof Kartar Singh, director of the SGPC Gurmat
Sangeet Academy received Sangeet Natak Akademi national award
on July 15, 2009 from the President of India at Rashterpati Bhavan.
Sangeet Natak Akademi honors each year eminent
practitioners of music, dance and theatre. The award symbolizes
the highest standard of excellence and achievements on a national
basis and also recognizes the sustained individual work of the
highest professional order and contribution to the practice and
appreciation of these arts through performance, teaching and scholarship.
The octogenarian musician, known as living legend
in the field of gurmat sangeet, was honored for his contribution
to gurbani. Prof Kartar Singh has penned four books, “Gurbani
Sangeet Darpan Part I”, “Gurbani Sangeet Darpan Part
II”, “Gurmat Sangeet Darpan” and “Guru
Angad Dev Sangeet Darpan”. He has to his credit 372 compositions
Prof Kartar Singh started to learn kirtan in 1941
from Giani Gurcharan Singh and Bhai Dalip Singh. He has taught
music at Guru Nanak Girls College, Ludhiana, for 27 years and
was also the head of the music department for many years at the
same college. He also taught at Malwa Central College in Ludhiana.
In 1999, the SGPC appointed Prof. Kartar Singh as director and
head of Gurmat Sangeet Akademi at Anandpur Sahib and since then,
he has been teaching gurmat sangeet.