Saranjot Singh was born in Dubai. He grew up listening to Kirtan (the recitation of the Sikh Holy Scriptures) from a very young age; he was always attracted to the rhythmic sounds of the Tabla (hand drums, traditionally used in Indian music). His parents discovered his talent when he was just 2 years old. At the age of 4, his father bought him his first Tabla set, and from there his journey began.
At the age of 12, he became the disciple of world renowned artist Ustad Tari Khan who is acknowledged as one of the foremost Tabla players of all times by musicians all over the world. Saranjot continues to learn from him till this day. His talent has allowed him to travel across North America to do solo performances and accompany prominent and renowned artists such as Ustad Tari Khan, Manmohan Waris, Ustad Narinder Narula.
In 2014, Saranjot received an award from the Sarb Akal Music Society of Calgary for Appreciation of Performance. Saranjot has also been invited to perform for events such as Flair4Famine and TEDx. At The Tedx event ‘The Path of Love Not War: Sufi Music and Peace’, Saranjot performed alongside Dr. Karim Gillani, from the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta.
Saranjot continues to use his instrument to collaborate with different artists as a means to bridge the gap between cultural differences. He not only performs but he also volunteers for various music events for example, he has performed for the Ismaili community and in mosques.
‘There is a beauty in music and a power to bring people together from diverse backgrounds. Often you will get to see a Hindu singer, a Muslim Tabla player, and a Sikh keyboardist perform together for just about any audience. I hope to see and be a part of many more collaborations in Calgary, with many communities.’