Sikh youth becomes new singing sensation in Kashmir

A Sikh youth from southern Kashmir’s Tral area belting out Kashmiri songs has taken social media by storm.

Twenty three-year-old Gurdeep Singh aka Deep Singer of quaint Baygund village catapulted to fame after he sang the Kashmir ditty “Arbich Maenze hi wachi Laile.”

The song was liked and watched by more than 5 lakh people on various social platforms.

Singh recently released his Kashmiri album with a solo song “Panun Kashmir” during a rather impressive function in Pulwama.

Singh, a physiotherapist by profession, is blessed with a lilting voice and had a deep penchant for music from his childhood.

“I would sing Keertan since I was 13. Music gives me a strange satisfaction and it soothes my soul,” Singh said.

Singh says that a few years ago he hooked up with popular Punjabi singer Malkit Singh and learnt music from him.

“I also gave a live performance with the maestro at Shri Guru Gobind Singh Tricentenary University, Gurgaon, which dazzled the audience,” he said.

Sing said that the memories of the performance would always remain etched on his mind as it was like a dream come true.

However, Singh says that it is the Kashmiri music that enthuses him most and he always enjoys singing in Kashmiri language.

“I am a Kashmiri and there is no greater joy than singing in one’s mother tongue,” Singh said.

He said that he had held various Kashmiri music concert across valley which were appreciated by all and sundry.

Singh has also taken part in many talent shows and impressed both the judges and audiences.

“In 2010 I took part in Voice of Punjab and then in Himachal Voice and more recently in Jammu Got Talent,” he said.

Last year, Singh was also awarded with Fakhar-e-Tral, an annual award given to best artist in Tral among Sikh community.

Singh is the second singer from Sikh community in Tral who has been driving Kashmiri music lovers crazy on social media by his tuneful voice.

Last year it was Harkrishan Sanam who bacame an overnight music sensation in Kashmir. His song Harmukh Bartal touched thousands of hearts across valley.