Reviving Age Old Tradition: Nad Music Institute Set to Release Album of Guru Teg Bahadar Sahib’s 17 Sabads in 17 Rags on 400th Prakash Purab

These Sabads (hymns) have been recorded based on the age old tradition of doing Sikh Kirtan, wherein the artists have su...

MUKILTEO, WA, April 21, 2021 - Celebrating 400th Prakash Purab of Guru Teg Bahadar Sahib, 9th Sikh Guru, Nad Music Institute’s (NMI) is proud to release the Sabad album - 'Rags of Guru Teg Bahadar Sahib'. The album will be released worldwide at a virtual event on Saturday, May 1, 2021. You are welcome to register for the launch event here.  

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With the blessings of Guru, the NMI team has tirelessly worked for the past several months to complete this project, conducting extensive research as well as seeking out experts during the process. These Sabads (hymns) have been recorded based on the age old tradition of doing Sikh Kirtan, wherein the artists have sung Sabads from Guru Granth sahib with accompaniment of centuries old percussion instrument - Pakhawaj - and string instruments - Taus, Sarangi, Dilruba and Tanpura. 

We are trying to preserve the originality of the Sikh Kirtan by recording the Sabad compositions on Guru Teg Bahadar Sahib’s favorite instrument – Pakhawaj. Moreover, the use of string instruments has further expanded the melodiousness of the Sabads'' said Dr. Manjit Singh, Founder of Nad Music Institute. 

 The NMI team worked with accomplished musicians across the globe to complete this project. Specifically, Ustad Surjeet Singh, the world-renowned Sarangi player, and Prof. Harbhajan Singh, Pakhawaji-Lahore Baaj (Punjab Gharana) made huge contributions to this project.  

NMI team is proud of the fact that 50% of singers are young Kaurs. The team hopes that representation of young Kaur’s in this project will inspire the younger generation to actively participate in the preservation of centuries old traditions. 

The sangat has generously donated for this cause and helped the NMI team to bring this project to life. The Sabads will be available to the worldwide sangat on May 1, 2021.  

Learn more about the project and register for the online launch event on May 1 at: https://dvnetwork.org/projects/rags-of-guru-teg-bahadar-sahib.   

About Nad Music Institute 

Nad Music Institute (NMI) is a Seattle based non-profit organization (501c3), engaged in, preservation and education of Sikh Music through research and collaboration with expert individuals and organizations throughout the world.  

 Contact:  

+1 (425) 241-9605 

[email protected] 

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