On March 8, 2003 a special
Kirtan Samagam was organized at the Milford Gurdwara, in which Kirtan
Seva was offered in the Ragas of the Spring (Basant, Bahar, Basant Hindol,
etc.) with the singing of the Basant Ki Var, per the Maryada still followed
today at Harmandir Sahib. Kirtan Seva was offered by Bhai Sarbjit Singh
Rangila, Bhai Surjit Singh, Bhai Gupal Singh, Bhai Amritpal Singh, Shri
Warren Senders, members of the local Sangat and children from the Bsoton
Chapter of the Gurmat Sangeet Project. Fifteen children from the Gurmat
Sangeet Project worked extremely hard to learn new shabads in suitable
Ragas and presented them in the Samagam. Other highlights of the samagam
include a fine rendering of Raga Shudh Basant, an 'aprachalit' or non-prevalant
form of the Raga by Bhai Sarbjit Singh Rangila, a Raga Guldasta by Bhai
Surjit Singh and the sininging of two Shloks in Raga Basant in the form
of a Bada Khayal and Chota Khayal by Shri Warren Senders.
A flier produced for the event as well as a short write-up,
pictures of the Kirtaniyas as well as recordings from the Samagam are
presented on this page.
hmwrY rwm rMgu ]
jnw isau sdw sMgu ]1] rhwau ]
In the words
of Sri Guru Arjan, the love of the lord is the true manifestation
of Basant or spring. In the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, our Gurus
have often used metaphors, drawn from nature to explain the
human condition. Of the 31 Ragas in the Sri Guru Granth Sahib,
two Ragas in particular – Basant and Malhar, associated
with the changing seasons, are used to express these metaphors.
to Basant for instance, are usually about the flowering of
the soul; the message is always conveyed with dazzling beauty
ruiq AweIly srs bsMq
The season of spring, so delightful,
rMig rwqy rvih is qyrY
Those imbued with love for
You, chant Your Name with joy.
iksu pUj cVwvau lgau
Whom else should I worship?
At whose feet should I bow? ||1||
One of the
enduring traditions in the world of Gurmat Sangeet is the
singing of Raga Basant and associated Ragas such as Hindol,
Basant Hindol, Bahar, Basant Bahar from the Sangrand of Magh
to Hola Mohalla. During this period every Kirtaniya is enjoined
to sing Bani in Raga Basant from the Sri Guru Granth Sahib
in these Ragas. It is also customary to sing the paudis of
Basant Ki Var during this period. This tradition is faithfully
followed at Sri Harmandir Sahib even today.
On March 8,
2003 this tradition will be kept alive at the New England
Sikh Study Circle, Milford Gurdwara in Milford Massachusetts.
From 2 p.m. onwards the New England Sangat will gather to
participate in a special Kirtan Darbar dedicated to Basant.
Offering Kirtan Seva will be :
& New Jersey Children’s Kirtan Jathas
the Milford and Millis Sangats
Singh (Long Island Wale)
All members of
the Sangat are requested to participate in the Kirtan Darbar by
both offering Kirtan Seva and listening. Guru Ka Langar will start
at 12 noon and will continue through out the program.
any Sangat members who will be traveling to Boston for this program
will be provided at the Milford Gurdwara as well as in the homes
of Sangat members who live nearby.
This event provides
the Milford Sangat with a wonderful opportunity to offer Seva.
To sign up for Langar Seva, host Sangat members who need accommodation,
etc. please contact the Milford Gurudwara Sahib at 508-478-2469
Sangeet Project, Boston Chapter Children at the 2003 Basant Raga Samagam
(l to r, top to bottom : Baljot Kaur, Avneet Kaur, Mehr Kaur, Shagun Kaur,
Jasmin Kaur, Amrit Kaur, Vijayant Singh, Simranjit Singh, Jasleen Kaur)
Gurmat Sangeet Project,
Boston Chapter Children & Sangat Members at the 2003 Basant Raga Samagam
(l to r, top to bottom : Jeeti Kaur, Harsheen Kaur, Tanveer Kaur, Achint
Kaur, Rajvir & Sukhvir Kaur, , Gurjeet Singh, Devinder Singh, Sarbpreet
Singh, Amritpal Singh)
2003 Basant Raga Samagam
(l to r, top to bottom : Bhai Gupal Singh, Shri Warren Senders, Bhai Surjit
Singh, Bhai Sarbjit Singh Rangila)
Bhai Sarbjit Singh Rangila
Bhai Surjit Singh