Nar Singh is one of the oldest students of Dana Singh and today he performs next to him as a fellow group member. He belongs to a musical family background. His father and grandfather both were musicians and that’s where he developed an interest in music. He plays Dholak and Harmonium and did sangeet Bhushan and sangeet vishaad in Vocals. Nar Singh is a family guy who has been married for 20 years and has got 4 children.
On an average, he does around 10 – 15 shows per month depending upon the time of the year or seasonal events. Most of the shows performed by him and his group to date are in the regions of Rajasthan only. Earlier it was quite difficult for him to manage his family finances with music as the only source of income but now times have changed after his association with Dana Singh. He earns around 500 – 1000 rs per show domestically within the regions of Rajasthan. He had performed Harmonium at Natak Prabhat for 4 years and has also performed shows in Pakistan. Dana Singh is a very optimistic person and believes in the power of music. He sees other fellow musicians as colours of a musical pallet trying to create something remarkable. Music triggers his soul and provides him sanity at the same time.
Arshdeep Singh is a young folk musician in his twenties, from Moga district in Punjab. He sings, and plays Bhugchu, and Tumba. He leads his group of four, which is known as ‘Rang Le Sardaar. His close friends call him ‘Arsh Riyaz’. His interest in folk music was triggered when he was in school, as most of his friends were into the native folk music. He was around 10 years old when he started singing. Initially, he was fond of the folk dance, and desperately wanted to be a part of the Bhangra team in school time. He was in 8th standard when he almost withdrew his name from school, because his school staff was not permitting him to perform with the Bhangra group. In later years, he got selected in Kavisri singing competition, and brought laurels to his institution. He learnt singing folk from professor Major Singh. He finds himself devoted to folk music, and wants to represent the rich cultural tradition of Punjab through his music. People deeply appreciate his music as the lyrics leave a social message as well. He feels that he still has a long way to go when it comes to folk singing, and he is learning further from his Guruji, Baba Jora Singh Ji in Dharamkot.
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