Group: Prem Kumar Sharma and Group
Harpal Singh, 52, is an artist in the folk music spectrum of Braj in Uttar Pradesh and belongs to the Thakur community. Harpal Singh hails from the Hathras district and lives with his wife, three sons, three daughters, and two daughters-in-law. He has studied till intermediate and works as a farmer for livelihood. Under the able guidance of Late Shri Dharamveer Singh Ji, he got the lessons of Rasiya and Braj Lokgeet. He loves singing, and from a very young age, he was drawn towards music and used to enjoy being with musicians of his villages and being in the vibes of the musical ecosystem. He draws all his inspiration from Guru Dharamveer Ji. Harpal Ji feels that one of the most visible specialities of Braj Lokgeet is its playfulness. Even the tradition of Braj is the best in all the three loks ( The ‘Swarga Lok’ or ‘Heaven’, The ‘Mrityu Lok’ or ‘Earth’, and The ‘Patala Lok’ or the ‘abode of the Asuras’, also known as the ‘infernal abode’). According to him, Music is a meaningful form that one experiences in his or her lifetime. He emphasizes that if one does not sing the name of Lord Rama, then their life is meaningless. Along with the group of musicians led by Prem Kumar Sharma, he has performed in almost all the districts of Uttar Pradesh and other states like Rajasthan, Haryana, and Bihar. He has done a few recording sessions from Agra. He does not have any specific demand in terms of payment and accepts whatever gets offered. Harpal Ji aspires to accompany Prem Kumar Sharma with dedication and heart and hopes to keep contributing to the field of music that he loves the most.
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