Ramneek Singh – a unique promoter and exponent of Indian Classical Music
Ramneek was introduced to Indian Classical music at the age of 6. She has learnt from many stalwarts of “Indore Gharana”, namely Vidushi Amarjeet Kaur and Pt. Baldev Raj Verma, senior disciples of” Ustad Amir Khan Sahib” and “Pt. Amarnath ji”. She has worked very hard to master the intricacies of this utmost serene and meditatative Amir Khani style of vocal presentation, while perfecting in other genres like Thumri, Classical based Shabad Gurbani and Folk. Ramneek’s unique voice quality and years of riyaaz have won her many an acclaim and leave a mark in the heart of those who experience her concerts.
Ramneek Singh, born in New Delhi, India, was introduced to basic instruction in Indian Classical Music at the age of six. An impressionable Ramneek absorbed the basics of the Hindustani Sangeet from diverse sources. Observing great maestros in her early years inspired her to develop a personal approach to music.
Ramneek started her formal vocal training at the famed music institute – The Bhatkhande Sangeet Vidyapeeth, New Delhi (established in Lucknow in the early 1900s) from where she acquired a Bachelors in Vocal Music (Visharad) in 1988.
Furthering her intimacy with tala and swara, she found the strict discipline and advanced training under the tutelage of Ms. Amarjeet Kaur in New Delhi, a senior disciple of late Ustad Amir Khan and late Pt. Amarnath of the famous Indore Gharana. She has also taken instruction from Pt. Vinayak Torvi, a disciple of Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, and is currently a disciple of Pt. Baldev Raj Verma, the third generation of Indore Gharana.
Ramneek’s deep soulful voice and years of talim & riyaz, combined with an attractive style of presentation won her many an acclaim. Her speciality is in the presentation of Vilambit Khayal with utmost imagination and slow progression of swar elaboration, typical of the Amir Khani style. Ramneek started her professional performances with a critically acclaimed debut concert at the Triveni Kala Sangam in New Delhi in 1995. In 1997 and 1998,
She was invited to lecture demonstrate and perform at the MIT, Boston. Besides the US, she has given numerous concerts in Toronto, Canada, including the Consulate General of India.
Ramneek has a unique style of rendering Shabad-Kirtan in the classical style. She equally enjoys performing in semi-classical styles like thumris and horis with ease and excellence. She is a regular performer on Television in Canada, and has composed title music for many Television shows.
Apart from her performances, Ramneek has whole heartedly dedicated herself to propagating the rich heritage of classical arts to the culture conscious masses in India and abroad. She has taught for many years in India, in Boston at the LearnQuest Academy of Arts & Music, at the famed Toronto Tabla Ensamble and at Sur-Rang School of Music established by her in Toronto, instructing advanced students in the intricacies of Indore Gharana.
She has 3 CD’s to her credit, namely, “Ibaadat”, Naad” (both classical based), and her latest, “Gobind Naam, released by “Mystica Music” in May 2013, which is a classical based Gurbani CD.
Ramneek has had the good fortune of singing in the highly acclaimed movie by “Deepa Mehta”, called “The Midnight’s Children”, released in 2012.
She has widely performed in US, Canada and India and has also performed for the famed “Shri Harivallabh Sangeet Samaroh”, Jallandar, besides many other festivals and all-night concerts.
She has conducted many lecture-demonstrations in famed institutes like MIT, Massachussets and others.
She was recently invited to perform at the Indian Consulate, Toronto.
She will be in India in December for performances in Hyderabad, Delhi and Punjab.
- Indian Consulate General (Invitation Only), Toronto, Aug 15, 2013
- Philadelphia Ganesh Festival, Philadelphia, Sep 9, 2013
- Hindustani Sangeet Mandal, Ottawa, Sep 27, 2013
- The Journey from Khayal to Folk, Washington DC Area, Jun 28, 2013
- Namdhari Sangeet Society, Toronto, Jun 1, 2013
- Small World Music, Toronto, May 12, 2013
- Chinmaya Vedanta Heritage Centre, Toronto, Mar 23, 2013
- Kabir Culturel Centre, Montreal, Feb 23, 2013
- Monthly Music Fest, Gandhi Hindustani Sahitya Sabha, Rajghat, New Delhi, Dec 28, 2012
- Mohit Moitra Mancha, Chhandayan, Paikpara, Kolkata, Jan 5, 2012
- Shantipur Music Festival, West Bengal, Jan 12, 2012
- Bhawanipur Sangeet Sammelan, Ramesh Mitra Road, West Bengal, Jan 13, 2012
- CD Release & Concert, Epicentre, Gurgaon, India, Dec 12, 2012
- Chhandayan Center for Indian Music, New York City, July 21, 2012
- Yoga Conference Inaugaration Concert, George Brown University, Toronto, May 4, 2012
- Stanley A. Milner Library, Edmonton, Canada, Feb 18, 2012
- Prabha Atre Foundatiion, Pune, Dec 25, 2011
- Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India, Dec 24, 2011
- Kalaprakaash, Banaras, India, Dec 18, 2011
- Saptak School of Music, Ahmedabad, India, Dec 9, 2011
- Namdhari Gurudwara, Toronto, Canada, Nov 27, 2011
- Hindi Writers Guild, Mississauga, Canada, Nov 5th, 2011
- Chhandayan All Night Concert, Toronto, 24 Sept., 2011
- Year of India 2011, Hamilton, 14 May, 2011
- Vedanta Society of Providence, Rhode Island, 24 April, 2011
- Learnquest Academy of Music Baithak, Boston, 23 April, 2011
- Harivallabh Sangeet Sammelan, Jalandhar, 26 Dec. 2010
- Gandharva Mahavidyala, Pune, 4th Jan, 2011
- Jhankar Center of Performing Arts, August 2010, Toronto
- With Stri Shakti & Anuradha Pal, Montreal, April 2010
- India International Centre, New Delhi, Dec 2009
- Arya Samaj Mandir, GK-1, New Delhi, Dec 2008
- Interviewed by Radio Can Can, A.M. 770, Toronto
- Interviewed by ATN T.V. Channel, Toronto
- Interviewed by Pragya T.V. Channel , New Delhi,2008
- Institute Of Classical Yoga & Therapy,2009
- Holi Samaroh, Arya Samaj Mandir, 2009
- Ganeshyag Parivaar, 2008
- Triveni Kala Sangam, Toronto 2005
- Raagmala Society of Toronto 2007, 2009
- Springfest 2008 (Malhar Group of Hamilton)
- ICC (Indo canadian Culture)2006
- VOV Arts of Vishnu Mandir, Richmond Hill 2006
- Centennial Awards (Centennial Foundation) 2002
- Inyerviewed by Badhai Ho(Hindi), Chardi Kala(Punjabi),
- OMNI T.V.(Rabbi Noor,tittle music composed, telecast throughout Canada)
- OMNI T.V.(Channel 14-Chardi Kala, Punjabi programme, Toronto
- Mozart Transliteration (written & composed by me)
- Panorama India, Toronto
- Consulate General of India, Toronto,Canada
- Diwali Mahotsav, New Hampshire,.USA
- Lecture Demonstrations in MIT,1997
- Music in Harmony with Nature,(Documentary in English)
- University of Rhode Island, Providence, USA 1999
- Learn Quest Academy of Music, Boston, USA,1998
- Wong Auditorium (MIT),Boston, 1997
- Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi, 1995
- Ankur Society for Upcoming Artists, 1994