Here’s something new that I just did in the last half-hour — made a YouTube video of a shabad, so anyone can watch and learn.
You can view the full shabad and translation here on SikhiToTheMax: Jap Man Satnam
Here’s how it works — the asthai (the refrain) is “Jap Man Satnam, Sada Satnam, satnam, satnam, satnam, satnam”
The antra is in two parts - 1) “Eccha purakh sarab sukhdata har,” and 2) “ja ke vas hai kaamdena.”
All other lines are sung like the antra, except, “Jeh har simran bhaiya, teh oopad gat keeni, nit dhiaye har purakh niranjana” which is actually split into two part 1’s — and then a part 2.
Why did I choose this shabad? My aunt in Kenya wanted to learn it. So what does it mean? Well, the shabad is written by Guru Ram Dass, and in it, he asks that his mind (’man’) always be focused on the True Name (’satnam’).
Anyway let me know if you actually use this video to learn and perform the shabad. I also take requests.
From Pritpal Singh’s Facebook posted items:
Two Concerts of Sikh Sacred Music and Song Fall 2008
Bhai Baldeep Singh
Dr. Gurnam Singh
To commemorate the tercentenary of the installation of the Sikh Scripture, Adi Granth (Primordial Book), as the Guru Granth Sahib (Master-Teacher as Book) in 1708, the Bindra Chair in Sikh Studies and co-sponsor the Hakam Singh Endowment for a Chair in Sikh Music in conjunction with the Religion Department in HCLAS, will present two concerts of Sikh sacred music and song at Hofstra University. The first concert will be performed by Bhai Baldeep Singh (Delhi, India), a 13th generation Sikh Kirtan exponent (vocalist, percussionist, string player), Instrument Maker, Lecturer, Archivist, and founder of ANAD Conservatory: An Institute of Sikh Aesthetics and Culture. The second concert will be offered by Dr. Gurnam Singh, a Performer of Gurmat Sangeet, and Chair of Sikh Music at Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab, India, and author of a series of influential books and articles). Each performer (and their respective groups) will play and sing the sacred hymns of the Guru Granth Sahib, according to traditional string and percussion instruments.These two public concerts are part of two new courses offered in the Fall 2008.
Dates: September 25th and December 9th, 2008
Time: 6.30 - 8.30 pm
Place: Monroe Lecture Center, South Campus, Hofstra University
Reservations: Click here to make reservations
Good stuff, perhaps I will check it out. These courses are taught by Bhai Baldeep Singh and Dr. Gurnaam Singh, so it’s serious stuff and they are for-credit courses as well.
The first course will be taught by Bhai Baldeep Singh (Delhi, India), a 13th generation Sikh Kirtan exponent (vocalist, percussionist, string player), Instrument Maker, Lecturer, Archivist, and founder of ANAD Conservatory: An Institute of Sikh Aesthetics and Culture. The second course will be taught by Dr. Gurnam Singh, a Performer of Gurmat Sangeet, and Chair of Sikh Music at Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab, India, and author of a series of influential books and articles, with two decades of experience in research and teaching). The courses are being sponsored by an Endowment gifted by Dr. Hakam Singh to establish a Chair in Sikh Music at Hofstra University in conjunction with the HCLAS. A key attraction for each course will be a public concert that each Instructor will perform (see the concerts).
These two chairs, the Bindra Chair in Sikh Studies, and the future Sardarni Harbans Kaur Chair in Sikh Musicology, alongside subsequent workshops, lectures series, and a developing curriculum, will make Hofstra University’s Religion Department unique in the world, promoting a locus dedicated to the exploration and advancement of the study of the Sikh tradition from religious, philosophical as well as aesthetic and performative perspectives.
Full Details at Credit Courses - Sikh Studies
So while doing some kirtan yesterday I decided to make a recording. A friend of mine had requested this particular shabad so I decided to record it, and I might as well just post it for your criticism here. I learned this particular tune from the ever-knowledgeable Bhai Parkash Singh.
The shabad has a rather strong meaning. In it, Guru Tegh Bahadur, the ninth Sikh Guru, writes that he has found love to be false in this world, because no one — not your dad, mom, brother, sister, husband or wife — will go along with you in the end. Of course this is true, but it’s just one of those things that are a little on the serious side. Here’s a link to the entire shabad at sikhitothemax.
Sikhs are required to be expert musicians, because the hymns in our sacred text are set to Raags–musical scales. The following video is evidence of this fact.
Jagjit Singh, a Canadian Tabla teacher, is on course to set the world record for longest Tabla Performance, at 110 hours! I don’t know if he’s still going, but I imagine he is. I don’t know how he does it! How does he eat? Wow. Anyway check the video below.