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 Bajrawar, 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

Satinder Sartaaj (born 7 January 1982) (Punjabi: ਸਤਿੰਦਰ ਸਰਤਾਜ), official name Satinder Pal Singh Saini, is born 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.[4] 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.[5]

Early Life and Marriage[edit]

Satinder Sartaaj was born into a Sikh family in the village Bajrawar[6], Hoshiarpur, Punjab, India. He did his schooling from the government elementary school in his village. While still in school, he began performing in 3rd standard. After that, he moved to Hoshiarpur, Punjab from where he completed his formal education, including his graduation in Music with Honors from Government College, Hoshiarpur. Satinder Sartaaj got married to Gauri, his long term love interest, on 9 December 2010 at the Taj Hotel in Chandigarh.[7]


Satinder Sartaaj is a rare singer who is highly qualified, having earned a Doctorate. While most folk singers and movie singers in India are not known for their educational qualifications, Sartaaj is one of the younger crop of singers who have gone through the rigours of formal education. He obtained a degree in Music from Government College, Hoshiarpur. Satinder Sartaaj concentrated on his sufiana musical career having done his M. Phil in Sufi music singing and later a PhD in Sufi singing (gayan) from Punjab University, Chandigarh.[8] He also taught music at Punjab University. Satinder also completed a Certificate Course and Diploma in Persian language.[1] It was in college, when he also started writing poetry and adopted his Takhallus (poetic name) Sartaaj.[9]


Before rising to fame, Sartaaj participated in and won many musical events. He appeared on Zee TV Antakshari show, a popular Indian musical show hosted by Annu Kapoor, performed 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.Since 2009 to present Satinder Sartaaj has won many awards of excellence for his singing and poetry from many prestigious institutions all over the world. On 2 May 2014, Sartaaj performed in the Royal Albert Hall.[10] Sartaj played a 'Maharaja Duleep Singh' role in The Black Prince (movie).


Satinder Sartaaj released his first official,commercial album in 2010.[11]

Year Album Record Label
2009 Tere Qurbaan 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


Year Film Role Notes
2017 The Black Prince (movie) Maharaja Duleep Singh American film[5]
2017 Maharaja Duleep Singh (Punjabi & Hindi Dubbed movie) Duleep Singh American film


  1. ^ a b Sharma, S.D. (17 February 2006). "Sufiana Spell". The Tribune Lifestyle. Chandigarh. Retrieved 16 October 2010. 
  2. ^ 30 August 2009 Thaindian – Dr. Satinder Sartaj takes Sufism to music lovers across the world
  3. ^ Chhibber, Charu (14 August 2010). "Stirring the soul with Sufi music". The Tribune. Ludhiana. Retrieved 16 October 2010. 
  4. ^ Gagan Dhillon. "Satinder Sartaaj - Biography - IMDb". IMDb. 
  5. ^ a b Kavi Raz. "The Black Prince (2017)". IMDb. 
  6. ^ "Bajrawar Village". 
  7. ^ "Satinder Sartaaj". 
  9. ^ "Official website of Satinder Sartaaj". Retrieved 16 October 2010. 
  10. ^ "Royal Albert Hall poster". Punjab2000. 
  11. ^ Desiest: Satinder Sartaaj's Albums