Chardi Kala Jatha – Feeling Chardi Kala!

Today I want to share with you a really good video / sound clip of the Chardi Kala Jatha who were in Singapore in December 2004. They taught at one of the Sikh camps there and also played kirtan in some of the Gurdwaras. Here is a recording of them at the Sikh Center, Gurdwara Sahib (Silat Road) in Singapore. Thanks to Raveenjiv Singh of vlpro.com for sharing the DVD recording of that “Saturday Night Live“.

This was the first time I have seen Chardi Kala Jatha teaching and in this role. It was pretty cool for me to watch the video. These are friends of mine that I went to school with and have changed so much since then. It’s inspiring to see them “out in the field”. Normally when they play kirtan in our communities they don’t talk or teach…. so this was eye opening to hear them talk and share in a different way than I am used to. Not only do they play “wicked” Kirtan (as my friends from UK would say) but they have a lot of inspiring and interesting things to say too.

Throughout the video there will be shabds and little talks/explanations on different topics. Towards the middle and end you’ll get to hear Sada Sat Simran Singh and Jagat Guru Singh speaking their desi Punjabi which is also pretty cool. It kind of catches you off guard to see white nihang looking Sikhs talking in Punjabi. I wasn’t fortunate enough to go to school in Punjab so I didn’t get punjabi down that well. Mostly Hindi….and nowadays it is majorly rusty. It helps to live in India :)

It’s now pretty early in the morning (1:30AM) and I have spent WAY too much time trying to get these videos online. Too many technical hurdles trying to get the video files off the DVD…edit them down to shorten and convert to different formats. I know Arjan is going to be asking me again how late I was up. I was up last night too past 2AM trying to get this stuff worked out so that the video stuff could encode while I was sleeping (video encoding takes a long time). At least I have my new computer, which definitely helps.

Anyways… The video is about 53 minutes which is pretty long….but it is well worth it. I wouldn’t post huge video files (which munch our bandwidth like pop corn) if I didn’t think it was worth it.

I am also posting an audio only file for those who don’t have a broadband internet connection. This way you can at least listen. Something for everyone. I hope you all enjoy it. Please do post comments :)

If you feel so inspired…you can help out by making a donation to SikhNet to help cover the bandwidth/hosting costs for this and other files that I post online. Thanks!

26 Responses to “Chardi Kala Jatha – Feeling Chardi Kala!”

  1. nirvair kaur says:

    thanks so much for posting this! chardi kala is awesome! i attended the naad of japji workshop in espanola this past june & also in 2004, & chardi kala taught & sang both years. the insights they shared were illuminating & the spirit in which they conveyed them was uplifting & inspiring. they are great teachers. glad to see them getting some publicity here! hope you are also still working on a website for them :-)

  2. anupreet says:

    is there any website that i can download kirtan from chardi kala jatha……i like it so much please lemme know
    thank you

  3. Angad Singh says:

    Hey..I got the DVD..they are really good. My father was lucky he was there during the kirtan. But I have seen and listen to chardi kala Jatha..they are really good.

    They are going to be there at Klang for the M’asian Samelan(www.snsm.org) and hopefully at camp miri piri in singapore next june.

  4. sukhiomani says:

    SSA Bhaji.

    It was really nice and i appreciate your efforts to upload this video ( SIngapore Kirtan).
    I am Arjan je will understand.

    I like this very much and i feel part of family tooo.

    Can u tell me what is controversy over BABA RANJIT SINGH.

  5. Angad… I’m hoping to be at the camp in Malaysia in Dec too… we’ll see how it goes :)

  6. Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

    So inspiring, i have tears of joy, listening to the these noble humble sikh warriors makes my heart warm with compassion and hope.

    Waheguru bless you all forever.

    Hardeep

  7. manpreet says:

    Sat Nam!

    We enjoyed this video so much!
    “The kirtan was very good with classical touch” says my Punjabi friend, who was tabla master in Har Mandir.
    “It was very inspiring and uplifting to hear American brothers sing bani.” Congratulations!!!!

    love
    manpreet (and Amarjeet Singh)

  8. jasjeet says:

    Nice!! Good job GM

  9. GurKirpal why are you writing about other people and controversies on this? This was a comment section for the Chardi Kala Jatha’s Kirtan, take your hatred somewhere else.

    GMSingh Jee, thanks for this, absolutely beautiful, made my day :)

  10. Gurkirpal says:

    Dear Gurpreet Kaur,

    i was just curious about it…
    if i offended you in any way im very sorry..

  11. Gurkirpal says:

    Dear gurpreet kaur ,,

    i was just upset seing baba ranjit singh dhadrian collecting money and clothes … he let the people BOW yto him… for that disgrace… beacause the GURU thought us THAT we will only BOW to GURU GRANTH SAHIB ONLY>>>.THATS ALL>>>>> I VERY SORRY IF ANYONE GOT MAD AT ME>>..

    thats all
    thanks

  12. Angad Singh says:

    Hahaha..yah GMS ..Ash told mentioned on his blog..that you might come by..tt ll be gr8..if u do come..pls drop by the red dot( singapore) as well if you can ..

    guru rakaha

  13. sukhiomani says:

    Dear Dostoo

    I am new to this blog business , can anyone tell me , if i want to design my own blog.
    I am living in oman and there is small community of SIKHS here.. there are 3 gurudawara sahib here.

    I would like to post the photos and other proceedings on blog.

    Sukheee

  14. MORE MORE GIVE US MORE COOL STUFF TO LOOK AT, MORRRRRREEEEEEEEE……………………………………….

  15. Harpreet Singh You will have more… one day at a time :)

  16. Tiger_singh says:

    THANK YOU THANK YOU SO SO MUCH, chardi kala is amazing. I am so overwhelmed by there katha, Can I please get so information about their website or email. Again thanks so much.

  17. SikhsRus says:

    Thank you for posting this. They are really great Jatha and sing a really beautiful kirtan!

  18. Their website is not yet setup… but will be at: http://www.ckjatha.com

    Their email is: [email protected]

  19. Neelam says:

    This was fantastic.I’m someone who in so many ways is so far from Sikhi and this brought such emotion to me that by the end I was crying. It was the words the music the understanding and peace that I saw in so many people.

  20. Waheguru ji ka khalsa Waheguru ji ki Fateh dear friends,
    Well it was awesome!!! i like it very very much. Thank u GM Bhaji u r great. u r doing a wonderful job in blog by uploading beautiful and intresting things in it. Thanx allot.
    I pray to Waheguru to keep u and sikhnet alwasys in Chardikal.
    Bole So Nehal Sat Shri Akal!!!!

  21. rajpreetsinghphull says:

    hi there i am from india rajpreetsinghphull gm singh i am very much please and wiyh waheguru mahare i have seen ur video y will say onyl that ur this chardi kala jatha is great and till now i have ony thingh that hurmandar sahabe is on the on place for kirtan but out side india is so fantastis iam also fond of hearing har bhajan kaur kirtan and i have one u r doing great job and there is onething i want to say u yhat if u have and good sites for downloadingh so please mail me

  22. Nirmaljeet Singh says:

    “WAHEGURU JEE KA KHALSA,
    WAHEGURU JEE KI FATEH”

    I appreciate your efforts for spreading the messages of gurus throughout the world .

    I enjoy listening to chardi kala jatha very much . They are one of my favourite.

    “American brothers you are really inspiring sikh youth all over the world, so keep up the good work.”

    Waheguru bless you all forever.

  23. Anonymous says:

    WAHEGURU JI KAA KHAALSAA WAHEGURUR JI KI FATEH

    kirtan can never be WICKED

    and you publicaly writing it over on your site aren’t doing any good

    even if UK sikhs do say such things you shouldn’t have written it over

    A person can do kirtan wickedly
    but can never do”wicked kirtan”
    as is reported

    i myself have watched and heard a video
    of chardikala jatha doing KIRTAN

    the that i saw was on this site in video archives

    their pronounciation is very good

    but THEY DO (SOMETIMES)SAY A FEW WORDS THAT NEEDN’T BE SAID (OFF THE GURBANI(WORDS THAT ARE NOT ‘SHOBNEEK’ FOR A SIKH IN PRESENCE OF “SHIRI GURU GRANTH SAHIB”))

    i didn’t like them refering to movie ‘troy’

    WAHEGURU JI KAA KHAALSAA WAHEGURU JI KI FATEH

  24. Hardie says:

    Waheguru jI
    Im spellbound, the keertan is divine, Waheguru bless you CHARDI KALA JATHA………..your keertan is so inspiring, I have been listning to it over & over. May Waheguru bestow all his happiness & keep you in chardi kala always. I want to buy your albums but Im not sure, if they gonna ship it to South Africa, Is there a way I can get it here.
    Please reply, looking forward to your reply.

    Fateh Ji
    Singh from Joburg

  25. Anonymous says:

    Thanks is the only word which comes to the mind right away.Cos this keertan has left me speechless .Its’ great , i feel blessed to have been able to be a participant in it , (all becos of your efforts),sitting all the way away in Bangalore.