Satinder Sartaaj

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Satinder Pal Singh
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Satinder Sartaaj at Punjabi University in 2016
Background information
Also known asSatinder Sartaaj
BornBajrawar, Hoshiarpur, Punjab, India
GenresSufi, folk music
Occupation(s)Singer, poet, actor, composer
InstrumentsVocals, harmonium, chimta, saaz-sartaaj (his self-created musical instrument)
Years active2003–present

Dr. Satinder Sartaaj (born 31 August 1982), born as Satinder Pal Singh Saini in a Punjabi Saini family, is an Indian Punjabi singer, song writer, actor and poet.[1][2] He gained fame with his hit song "Sai". Since then his popularity has seen a constant surge among the Punjabi diaspora with his shows being held in many countries across the world.[3] He is considered as a scholar of Gurmukhi language, Punjabi culture, traditions and folk. He made his film debut as Maharaja Duleep Singh in The Black Prince in 2017.

Early life and marriage[edit]

Sartaaj was born into a Sikh family in the village Bajrawar, Hoshiarpur, Punjab, India. He attended school at the government elementary school in his village. While in 3rd grade, he began performing.



While most folk singers and movie singers in India are not known for their educational qualifications, Sartaaj obtained an honors degree in Music from Government College, Hoshiarpur.[5] He concentrated on his sufiana musical career while completing his M. Phil in Sufi music singing and later a PhD in Sufi singing (gayan) from Panjab University, Chandigarh.[6] He also taught music at Panjab University for six years. Satinder also completed a certificate course and Diploma in Persian language.[1] He started writing poetry and adopted his Takhallus, Sartaaj, while at college.[7]


Sartaaj started performing majlis (singing in front of small gatherings) in Punjab in 1999.[8]

He appeared on Zee TV's Antakshari, a popular Indian musical show hosted by Annu Kapoor, performing in the folk category and won appreciation. He was a first runner-up in the 24th All-India Light Vocal Festival and a topper in the Punjab Heritage Foundation Competitions. On 2 May 2014, Sartaaj performed in the Royal Albert Hall.[9]

He debuted in the American film industry with the lead role in movie The Black Prince, a historic biopic of Maharajah Duleep Singh which was released on 21 July 2017.[10]


Although he has taught at university and is an accomplished bhangra performer, musician, composer and singer, Sartaaj has said that he considers shayari (poetry, specifically the Punjabi/Mughal style of poetry) as his first love.[11]

He says his second love is old building architecture. In several interviews he has also acknowledged a deep interest in nature, developed as a result of growing up on a farm in the village where his father was sarpanch.

Sartaaj has repeatedly stated that he does not aim for commercial success, although often conceding that during concerts he has to bow to the desires of the audience who want to hear older songs rather than the newer songs he wishes to establish.


Sartaaj released his first official, commercial album in 2010.[12][13][14][15][16][17][18] [19]

Year Album Music Record label
2009 Ibadat Ranveer Sandhu Finetone Cassette Industries
2010 Sartaaj Speed Records
2011 Cheerey Wala Sartaaj Moviebox Birmingham Limited[17]
2012 Sartaaj Live Speed Records
2012 Tere Qurbaan Finetone Cassette Industries[13]
2013 Afsaaney Sartaaj De Jatinder Shah[15] Firdaus Production[15]
2014 Rangrez-The Poet of Colors Partners in Rhyme Sony Music[15]
2015 Hamza – A Sufiana Ecstasy Firdaus Productions[14]
2016 Hazaarey Wala Munda Jatinder Shah Shemaroo Entertainment Ltd.[18]
2018 Seasons of Sartaaj Jatinder Shah[16] Saga Music[16]
2019 Dariyaai Tarzaan (Seven Rivers) Beat Minister[16] Saga Music[16]


Year Film Role Notes
2017 The Black Prince Maharaja Duleep Singh American film


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  2. ^ Kapoor, Karan (30 August 2009). "Dr. Satinder Sartaj takes Sufism to music lovers across the world". Thaindian. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  3. ^ Chhibber, Charu (14 August 2010). "Stirring the soul with Sufi music". The Tribune. Ludhiana. Retrieved 16 October 2010.
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  7. ^ "Official website of Satinder Sartaaj". Retrieved 16 October 2010.
  8. ^ "Interview with Raaj 91.3FM (UK)". YouTube. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Royal Albert Hall poster". Punjab2000.
  10. ^ "The Black Prince movie review: Strong subject, poorly executed". Hindustani Times. 22 July 2017. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  11. ^ "PTC Punjabi - Showcase Black Prince". YouTube. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  12. ^ Desiest: Satinder Sartaaj's Albums
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  19. ^ "Satinder Sartaaj launch new album seven rivers Song Gurmukhi Da Beta". Newsgraph Media. 22 June 2019.