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Cluster 7 - Sikhlens Concert


Date: Sunday, November 23, 2014
Start Time: 06:00 pm


Concluding the 2014 SAFF will be the: Sikhlens Showcase- a segment featuring Sikh Musicians, Performers and Artists coming together to share a stage in a never seen before Performance Concert.


Sikhlens will provide artists a platform to take the stage and represent their talents. In addition, performances will pay tribute to the recent Wisconsin tragedy. A collaboration of an amazing blend of performers and creative minds - a perfect way to wrap up the Sikhlens: 2014 Sikh Arts & Film Festival!


Cluster 7 Schedule

Performer: Sahyba


Performer Bio:
Sahyba grew up in Los Angeles to a musical family. Inspired by her family, Sahyba became inspired to pursue a musical career. Her brother, Prince Saheb, a music producer, introduced her to Ray J when sahyba was 16. Sahyba sung him one song and he was instantly captivated. Signing her only a few weeks later, Sahyba released her first single called "Marco Polo." The song came in various shows such as TMZ, Basketball Wives and more retail outlets such as Macy’s, Hot Topic, and Steve Madden. Sahyba is now about to release a new single named "What are you waiting for" this February which brings ethnic pop and modern pop into a fusion.

Performer: Professor Surinder Singh & Raj Academy

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Performer Bio:
Raj Academy founded by Professor Surinder Singh is a leading educational institution in traditional Sikh Music performance, preservation and revival worldwide. Raj Academy will be performing an instrumental piece in Raag Majh, a folk based Sikh Raag created by Guru Arjan Dev Ji which originates from the Majha region of Panjab. The mood of Raag Majh is that of longing, an emotion that we feel when we miss a loved one or experience a separation from a person or situation that we hold dear to our heart. This unique piece will be performed using traditional Sikh interments which were created and promoted by Sikh Gurus themselves, such as Rabab, Saranda, Sarangi, Taus, Dilruba and Jori.

Performer: Gagandeep Singh

Gagandeep Singh

Performer Bio:
Gagandeep Singh, Mandolin player from India, has taken formal training in North Indian style and has been practicing Indian classical music on mandolin for last 15years. He is one of the few artist, playing North Indian classical music on Mandolin. Gagandeep has been awarded one of the most prestigious award in Indian classical music called ‘Surmani’ and has alsobeen awarded by Ex prime minister of India Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee for his contribution to the field of music. Gagan has shared stage with Indian classical maestros like Pt. Jasraj ji, Hari Prasad Chourasia ji, Shubhankar Bannerjee ji in concerts in India and US.


Some of his achievements are:

  • Recipient of Prestigious ‘Surmani’ Title from Sur Singar Samsad 2007
  • Winner across all Instrument categories in International competition by Vedic Heritage International competition in New York & Selected as best Instrumentalist from INDIA(1st place) 2007
  • 1st place in State level Competition, by U.P. Sangeet Natak Academy in Youth Group 2007
  • National Senior Scholarship from Dept of Human Resources of Indian Government 2007
  • National Scholarship from Centre for Cultural Resources and Training 1999-2006
  • Performed at the Golden Temple, Amritsar, India 2006
  • Soloist for the Swamy Haridas Sammelan (Event), Mumbai, India 2006

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