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Satinder Sartaaj
Satinder Sartaaj at Punjabi University in 2016
Satinder Sartaaj at Punjabi University in 2016
Background information
Birth nameSatinder Pal Singh
Also known asSatinder Sartaaj
BornBajrawar, Hoshiarpur, Punjab, India
  • Singer
  • poet
  • actor
  • composer
  • dancer
Instrument(s)Vocals, harmonium, chimta, Saaz-e-Sartaaj (his self-created musical instrument)
Years active2003–present

Satinder Pal Singh, popularly known as Satinder Sartaaj, is an Indian singer, songwriter, actor and poet primarily associated with Punjabi songs and films.[1][2] He gained fame with his song "Sai". Since then he has performed across the world.[3] Sartaaj made his film debut as Maharaja Duleep Singh in The Black Prince in 2017.

Early life

Satinder Pal Singh was born in the village of Bajrawar in Hoshiarpur, Punjab. He attended school at the government elementary school in his village. While in the third standard, he began performing in local Bal Sabhas.[4][better source needed]


Sartaaj obtained an honours degree in music from Government College, Hoshiarpur. He concentrated on his musical career while completing his MPhil in Sufi music singing and later a PhD in Sufi singing (Gayan) from Panjab University, Chandigarh. He also taught music at Panjab University for six years. Sartaaj also completed a certificate course and Diploma in the Persian language.[1] He started writing poetry and adopted his Takhallus (pen name), Sartaaj, while at college.


Sartaaj pursued a professional music career in his 20s. Before this, he has stated he was a farmer and had no interest in pursuing a career as a performer.

His big performance break was in 2008 when he got booked for a gig in Toronto, Ontario. The show's organisers had heard him singing on YouTube and wanted him to perform for the Punjabi-Canadian audience.[5]

In 2011, Sartaaj won "Best International Act" at the Brit Asia TV Music Awards (BAMA).[6]

On 2 May 2014, Sartaaj performed in the Royal Albert Hall.[7] He won "Best Songwriter" again at BAMA 2017 and "Music Video of the Year" at BAMA 2018 for "Udaarian".[8][9]

He debuted in the American film industry with the lead role in the movie The Black Prince, a historic biopic of Maharaja Duleep Singh which was released on 21 July 2017.[10] He has also acted in Punjabi films including Ikko Mikke (2020) and Kali Jotta (2023).[11]


Although he has taught at the university and is an accomplished bhangra performer, composer and singer, Sartaaj considers shayari (poetry) as his first love.[12]



Year Song Film Composer(s) Singer(s) Lyrics
2023 "Jalsa 2.0" Mission Raniganj Satinder Sartaaj, Prem-Hardeep Satinder Sartaaj


Year Album/ Single Tracks Music Record label
2009 Ibadat Ranveer Sandhu Finetone Cassette Industries
2010 Sartaaj Speed Records
2011 Cheerey Wala Sartaaj Moviebox Birmingham Limited
2012 Sartaaj Live Speed Records
2012 Tere Qurbaan Finetone Cassette Industries
2013 Afsaaney Sartaaj De Jatinder Shah Firdaus Production
2014 Rangrez-The Poet of Colors Partners in Rhyme Sony Music
2015 Hamza – A Sufiana Ecstasy Firdaus Productions
2016–2017 Hazaarey Wala Munda Jatinder Shah Shemaroo Entertainment Limited
2017 Masoomiyat (single track) Beat Minister T-Series
2018 Seasons of Sartaaj Jatinder Shah Saga Music
2019–2021 Seven Rivers Beat Minister Saga Music
2019 Shagufta Dili (Single Track Hindi) Beat Minister YRF
2019 Aarti (Aqeedat-e-Sartaaj) Beat Minister Saga Music
2020 Zafarnamah- Letter of Victory (By Guru Gobind Singh ji)- Single track Beat Minister Firdaus production
2020 Kuchh Badal Geya Ey (Single track) Beat Minister YRF Music
2020 Auzaar (single track)[13] Beat Minister Saga Music
2021 Tehreek[14] Beat Minister Saga Music
2021 Qanoon (single track)[15] Beat Minister Saga Music
2021 Pakeezgi (single track) Beat Minister T-Series
2021 Planet Punjab (single track)[11] Beat Minister Satinder Sartaaj (YouTube channel)
2021 Shava Ni Girdhari Lal (Film Title Song) Jatinder Shah Humble Music
2022 Kamaal Ho Gea (single track) Manan Bhardwaj T-Series
2022 Nadan Jehi Aas (Single track)[16] Beat Minister Firdaus production
2022 Dil Gaunda Firda (Single track)[11] Beat Minister T-Series
2022 Titli (Single track)[11] Beat Minister Jugnu
2022 Zara Faasley Te (Single track) Beat Minister Jugnu
2022 Jaan Ke Bhuleke (Single track) Beat Minister Jugnu
2023 Shayrana Sartaaj[17] Beat Minister Satinder Sartaaj (YouTube channel)
2023 Galla'n Ee Ney (single track) Jatinder Shah VYRLOriginals
2023 Paris Di Jugni (title track) Partners in Rhythm T-Series
2023–2024 Musafir Beat Minister Speed Records
2024–present Echos Of Love Beat Minister Times Music


Year Film Role Notes
2017 The Black Prince Maharaja Duleep Singh American film
2020 Ikko Mikke Nihaal Punjabi film
2023 Kali Jotta Deedar Punjabi film
2024 Shayar[18] Satta Punjabi film


  1. ^ a b Sharma, S.D. (17 February 2006). "Sufiana Spell". The Tribune Lifestyle. Chandigarh. Retrieved 16 October 2010.
  2. ^ Kapoor, Karan (30 August 2009). "Dr. Satinder Sartaj takes Sufism to music lovers across the world". Thaindian. Archived from the original on 19 June 2018. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  3. ^ Chhibber, Charu (14 August 2010). "Stirring the soul with Sufi music". The Tribune. Ludhiana. Retrieved 16 October 2010.
  4. ^ "Satinder Sartaaj". 9 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Exclusive SATINDER SARTAAJ Interview | In Conversation with Amin Dhillon (Ep. 10)". YouTube. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  6. ^ "Brit Asia Music Awards 2011". Asian Image. 16 September 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  7. ^ "Satinder Sartaaj to visit UK for premiere of his film 'Ikko Mikke'". BizAsia | Media, Entertainment, Showbiz, Brit, Events and Music. 3 March 2020. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  8. ^ Baddhan, Raj (5 March 2017). "Brit Asia World Music Awards 2017: Winners". BizAsia | Media, Entertainment, Showbiz, Brit, Events and Music. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  9. ^ "BritAsia TV Music Awards 2018: Winners List". BizAsia | Media, Entertainment, Showbiz, Brit, Events and Music. 8 October 2018. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  10. ^ "The Black Prince movie review: Strong subject, poorly executed". Hindustan Times. 22 July 2017. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  11. ^ a b c d "Punjabi singer-actor Satinder Sartaaj, who has released a single titled Titli, says he enjoys live performances much more than acting". Tribune. 25 September 2022. Retrieved 19 June 2023.
  12. ^ "PTC Punjabi - Showcase Black Prince". YouTube. PTC Punjabi. Archived from the original on 15 December 2021. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  13. ^ "Punjabi Gana New Songs Videos 2020: Latest Punjabi Song 'Auzaar' Sung by Satinder Sartaaj". 24 July 2020. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  14. ^ "Tehreek (The Movement): Satinder Sartaaj shares the poster of his upcoming song". The Times of India. 23 December 2020. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  15. ^ "Qanoon | Satinder Sartaaj | Official Video | New Punjabi Song 2021 | Beat Minister | Saga Music - YouTube". Retrieved 2 January 2021.
  16. ^ Nadan Jehi Aas, retrieved 26 February 2022
  17. ^ "Shayrana Sartaaj: Satinder Sartaaj Is Soon Coming With A Music Album To Melt Your Heart". 5 Dariya News. 3 March 2023. Retrieved 19 June 2023.
  18. ^ Sheetal (16 April 2024). "Neeru Bajwa and Satinder Sartaaj have paired up once more for the upcoming Punjabi film Shayar". The Tribune. Retrieved 16 April 2024.

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