Bhaiji Kuljit Singh
Bhai Ji was born and brought up in Batala, Punjab in 1957 and received his religious training and studies form his father and grandfather. His grandfather was a Raagi and a crafts man who made musical instruments.
His training began at a very young age in Sikh religion and theology, Sikh musicology, and the Sikh scriptures. In addition to singing, he received training in different traditional musical instruments. He can now play the Sarangi, the Saranda, the Rabab (all stringed insturments), the Harmonium and the Tabla.
Bhai Sahib was hired as Raagi at the Sat Kartaria Gurdwara in Batala, Punjab in 1976 (where Guru Hargobind Ji’s son Baba Gurdita was married). In 1984 he took over as the resident Raagi at Gurdwara Dera Sahib, also in Batala, India. This is a historic Gurdwara associated with the life of Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh religion. While based there he rotated also through other important Sikh Gurdwaras, including the Golden Temple, Amritsar.
In addition he ran a school for students on Sikh scriptures, theology and music from 1990 until 2003. He taught classical Indian music at the St. Francis School in Batala, Punjab for two years from 2001 to 2003. In 2003 he accepted a position as resident Granthi/Raagi at the Sikh Association of Central Virginia.
Bhai Sahib conducts the weekly diwaan at the Gurdwara as well as teaching children (and adults) in kirtan and raag and Gurbani.