Satinder Sartaaj

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Satinder Pal Singh
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Satinder Sartaaj at Punjabi University in 2016
Background information
Also known as Satinder Sartaaj
Born Bajwara, Hoshiarpur, Punjab, India
Genres Sufi, Folk Music
Occupation(s) Singer, Poet, Actor, Composer
Instruments Vocals, harmonium, Chimta, Saaz-Sartaaj (his self-created musical instrument)
Years active 2003–present
Website satindersartaaj.com

Satinder Sartaaj (born 7 January 1982) (Punjabi: ਸਤਿੰਦਰ ਸਰਤਾਜ), born as Satinder Pal Singh Saini in a Punjabi Saini family, is an Indian Punjabi singer, song writer, actor and poet. He has sung many Sufi songs.[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]

Satinder Sartaaj was born into a Sikh family in the village Bajrawar,[4] Hoshiarpur, Punjab, India. He attended school at the government elementary school in his village. While in 3rd grade, he began performing. Sartaaj married his wife, Gauri, on 9 December 2010 at the Taj Hotel in Chandigarh.[5]

Education[edit]

While most folk singers and movie singers in India are not known for their educational qualifications, Sartaaj has obtained a degree in Music from Government College, Hoshiarpur. He concentrated on his sufiana musical career completing his M. Phil in Sufi music singing and later a PhD in Sufi singing (gayan) from Punjab University, Chandigarh.[6] He also taught music at Punjab 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]

Performances[edit]

Sartaaj started performing majlis (singing in front of small gatherings) in Punjab in 1999.[8] He appeared on Zee TV's Antakshari show, 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]

Philosophy[edit]

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.

Discography[edit]

Satinder Sartaaj released his first official,commercial album in 2010.[12]

Year Album Song Lyricist Record Label
2009 Ibadat Umran De Sathi Gurnam Sidhu Fine Tone
2010 Sartaaj Speed Records
2011 Cheerey Wala Sartaaj Speed Records
2012 Sartaaj Live Speed Records
2013 Afsaaney Sartaaj De Firdaus Production & Eros International
2014 Rangrez-The Poet of Colors Sony Music & Firdaus Productions
2015 Hamza – A Sufiana Ecstasy Firdaus Productions
2016 Hazaarey Wala Munda Firdaus Productions & Shemaroo Entertainment
2018 Seasons of Sartaaj Firdaus Productions & Saga Music

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2017 The Black Prince (movie) Maharaja Duleep Singh American film
2017 Maharaja Duleep Singh (Punjabi & Hindi Dubbed movie) Duleep Singh American film

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sharma, S.D. (17 February 2006). "Sufiana Spell". The Tribune Lifestyle. Chandigarh. Retrieved 16 October 2010. 
  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. 
  4. ^ "Bajrawar Village". 
  5. ^ "Satinder Sartaaj". desiblitz.com. 
  6. ^ "SATINDER SARTAAJ BIOGRAPHY". www.punjabish.com. 
  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