Kaviraj Singh

Category Instrumental | Tags Santoor

Kaviraj Singh is one of Europe’s leading young Hindustani musicians. Born in the UK to Dharambir Singh, an esteemed sitarist who studied under Vilayat Khan, Kaviraj was inducted into music early. Santoor master Harjinderpal Singh (a student of Pandit Shivkumar Sharma) has been his longtime guru on the instrument, and he also received extensive vocal training from teachers including Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty.

He has worked with non-classical musicians including Talvin Singh and Nitin Sawhney, and in 2008 became the youngest artist to lead a concert at Darbar Festival. Today he combines santoor and vocal elements in a unique blend, regularly travelling to India to immerse himself deeper into the music and further develop his gharana-blending style.

"Despite being born in a Western country, Kaviraj has stayed closely connected to his roots and brings a fresh perspective of modern British culture and classical Indian tradition to the scene."

• Darbar Player: Watch Kaviraj’s full-length version of Raag Darbari Kanada on the Darbar Player. We’re a small not-for-profit, and filming, editing, and hosting cost money - so subscribing costs $5/month, which we hope is an excellent price for such a wealth of unique music.

—Also see Living Traditions: 21 articles for 21st-century Indian classical music, our new series exploring how music with ancient roots continues to innovate in a fast-paced, interconnected modern world. Expand your appreciation!

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