GNFA is pleased to announce that Bhai Baldeep Singh will be offering kirtan seva at GNFA this Friday and Sunday.
Bhai Baldeep Singh descends from a long line of masters of the Gurbāni Kīrtan maryadā and today is its thirteenth generation exponent. His repertoire includes purātan rīts sung by the Sikh Gurus and Bhagats themselves. Bhai Baldeep Singh is also the khalifā of the Sultanpur Lodhi – Amritsari Bāj of mridang playing, a luthier who has personally revived the making and playing techniques of the tāus, saranda, rabāb, and jorī, and founding chairman of the Anād Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to the promotion and preservation of South Asia’s intangible cultural traditions.
Kirtan Classes starting February 1 at GNFA on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings in preparation for the Washington Capital Kirtan Sammelan to be held at GNFA on Saturday, May 28, 2016, 9:30 am- 6:30 pm. Jathas will compete in four age categories (age on Dec 31, 2015);
Junior: 7-10 years
Intermediate: 11-14 years
Senior: 15-18 years
Advanced: 19-25 years.
Please submit names of participants and the kirtan class time slot you wish for your jatha to Bhai Sahib as soon as possible. A jatha must have a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 8 members.
Sadh Sangat ji,
Please attend kirtan-katha and discussion by Bhai Kahan Singh ji ‘Sevapanthi’ at GNFA on Friday, Sept 4, 8:45pm- 9:30 pm. Bhai sahib ji is associated with an organization called Bhai Kanhaiya Charitable Trust that runs dental and medical hospitals and several schools in Punjab. They are currently involved in building a cancer hospital in Punjab.
Please see flyer for more details.
The event will begin at 9:30 am sharp and conclude at 6 pm.
35 Jathas from Texas, New Jersey and the DMV area are participating.
Juniors (7-10 years) will go first, followed by Intermediates (11-14), Seniors (15-18) and Advanced (19-25).
The dress code for GNFA jathas is:
Girls: white salwar-kameez, bright yellow Khalsa School chunni.
Boys: white kurta-pajama, bright yellow Khalsa School dastaar.
If you don’t have that chunni or dastaar, please borrow from a Khalsa School friend or check with Harvinder (Reena) Aneja at firstname.lastname@example.org if there are extras.
Women: white salwar-kameez, blue-kesri Khalsa School chunni
Men: white kurta-pajama, navy blue dastaar.
The schedule is available here 2015 Kirtan Sammelan Schedule.
Bhai Baldeep Singh will be performing shabad kirtan at GNFA on Sunday, July 21, from 12:50 pm-1:30 pm. It is a rare opportunity to hear a live performance by a luminary in gurbani kirtan.