1st Satguru Jagjit Singh Shastriya Sangeet Pratiyogita
Indian Classical Music Competition Khayal Gayaki
Under the able guidance of Sri Satguru Uday Singh Ji
Keeping alive the Sikh Gurus’ tradition of spiritual training through music, Sri Bhaini Sahib today is a huge centre where not only classical musical instruction is imparted to the young, but music concerts are regularly held too.
Over the years, regular concerts and workshops have been held at Bhaini Sahib, which is also a patron of the oldest music festival in North India, Baba Harivallabh Sangeet Sammelan, held annually at Jalandhar in the last week of December. For the last nine years, an annual classical music festival has been held at Bhaini Sahib. This year, its 10th edition, was held from November 25 to 27, and as every year since 2012, was an eagerly awaited event by Indian Classical music enthusiasts in not just Punjab, but all over India and around the world.
Under the able guidance of Sri Satguru Uday Singh Ji, the 1st Satguru Jagjit Singh Shastriya Sangeet Pratiyogita is a new addition and it is a Indian Classical Music Competition. It has turned out to be a nationwide vocal music contest, with 165 participants. Held in Delhi and successful candidates in the junior and senior categories, headed to Sri Bhaini Sahib for the final rounds and the grand finale on 22 & 23 November 2022. In the grand finale, each participant sang a raga of choice for around 12 minutes. It was judged by vocalist Pt Ajoy Chakraborty. The winner of the vocal competition was also given this prestigious platform to perform for a large audience.
This initiative has not only given a platform to serious aspirants from various schools of music from all over India, but has also drawn attention to the immense role that this institution has been playing in patronising Indian classical music over the decades.