Dhrupad & Dhamar
Jasdeep began his musical training in the Khayal style of singing under Ustad Surinder Saund, and then later went on to learn the Dilruba from Ustad Gurdev Singh. He started his training in Tabla and Jori from the world-renowned Ustad Sukhvinder Singh 'Pinky' at the tender age of 13.
In order to gain a more in-depth understanding of the Benares style of Tabla, he spent 3 years studying from Pandit Sanju Sahai, the head of the Benares Tabla tradition.
More recently, he has been studying Gurbani Sangeet, from the Sangeet Natak award-winning Ustad Harbhajan Singh Namdhari, Pakhawaj, from 13th generation Pakhawaj Maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar Upadhyay and further rhythm and aesthetics from the leading Punjab Gharana exponent and academic Pandit Yogesh Samsi.
Jasdeep is also actively involved in research within the fields of Gurbani Sangeet and the percussive tradition of Punjab and is currently mentored by internationally recognised musicologist Saqib Razaq.
Kirit initially underwent a western classical music training and studied to play the piano from the age of 9.
He then became interested in Indian classical music in his teens, through his encounter with the Raj Academy. He took up playing the Sarangi and went on to study Indian classical music and Gurbani Sangit from Ustad Gurdev Singh Namdhari and later with Ustad Harbhajan Singh Namdhari. The genres of Dhrupad & Dhamar, however, had a particularly profound effect on him, in particular when he met his guru and a leading torchbearer of the Dhrupad tradition, Pt. Uday Bhawalkar. Over the past few years he has been spending considerable time in India studying music with his guru ji.
Kirit also has strong academic interests in the field of Dhrupad and Gurbani Sangit and having completed a masters in Ethnomusicology he is now working, with the help of Jasdeep, towards a PhD in music.