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Satinder Sartaaj


satinder-sartaj1Satinder Sartaj was born in an ordinary farmer family of remote and drowsy village Bajrawarpur in Hoshiarpur district of Punjab state. In his childhood, Satinder Sartaj was too much inspired by the nature and very serious about the aspects of life. Since then he used to praise the beauty of nature. Every natural phenomenon inspires Satinder Sartaj very much. He studied in the Government school of his village Bajrawarpur till 5th class.

Curiously, he used to marvel at the beauty and fragrance of flowers, spectrum of rainbow, the water springs in the calm surroundings besides the melodic strains of music that flowed from a flute and sarangi which the wandering folk and sufi musicians played.

As a child he developed a taste for the perfect Punjabi tradition and the Sufiana Qalaams though apparently it was not within his conceptual grasp. However an intense desire to learn and imbibe the rich mysticism of sufiana music dominated in his educational career.

Following the passion of his inner soul, Satinder Sartaj concentrated on his sufiana musical career having done his M. Phil in Sufi music singing and later a doctorate in Sufi singing (gayan) from Punjab University. With a view to have an close feel of the divine radiance and mystic experiences of the greats like Jalludin Rumi, Shams Tabrezi from Iran, Satinder Sartaj had secured a diploma in Persian with distinction.

When Satinder Sartaj started singing, he felt to have a different surname. One night he was sleeping in hostel of the university, and woke up at 3 AM tried but could sleep again. He picked up the paper-pen, starts writing the song, and the last line was ‘Tere Sir Taareyan Da Taj Ve’ at this moment he adopted the surname Sartaj.

Revealing in the glory of the mysticism of Baba Farid, Bulle Shah, Sultan Bahu, Shah Hussain and others, the accomplished singer Satinder Sartaj had recorded his first album of Sufi music called Mehfil-E-Sartaj. Now he writes like Waris Shah, Dresses like Waris Shah.

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