Singh Bandhu
Surinder Singh (right) of Singh Bandhu receiving the Baba Allauddin Khan Award, 2011
Background information
GenresHindustani classical music, Shabad
MembersTejpal Singh, Surinder Singh

Singh Bandhu is an Indian musical duo composed of brothers Tejpal Singh (b 1937) and Surinder Singh (b 1940), exponents of Hindustani classical music and Sikh music (shabad kirtan).[1]

In 2004, Tejpal Singh and Surinder Singh were given a joint Sangeet Natak Akademi Award from India's National Academy of Music, Dance & Drama.[2] Also in the same year, Surinder Singh was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India.[3][4] By this time (year 2004), the elder brother Tejpal Singh had become reclusive and had mostly stopped singing in public due to poor health.[1]


They started learning music during their childhood from elder brother G.S. Sardar. They also did Masters in music from Allahabad University.[1]

Subsequently, they learned khayal singing from Amir Khan, the founder of Indore Gharana.[1][5]

They also performed shabads for the television film, Tamas (1987) directed by Govind Nihalani, including Deh Siva Var Mohe, Avar Na Sujhe and Jo Lare Din Ke.[6]

Personal life

Surinder Singh, younger of the duo, married Dogri language poet Padma Sachdev (1940–2021) in 1966. Padma Sachdev was a Sahitya Akademi Award (1971) and Padma Shri (2001) recipient who wrote poetry in two languages, Dogri and Hindi. The couple first lived in Delhi, but later shifted to Mumbai where Padma Sachdev died in 2021 due to old age. The couple had one daughter, Meeta Sachdev.[1][7]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Song of the Singhs". The Hindu. 6 May 2004. Archived from the original on 5 July 2004. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  2. ^ "SNA: List of Akademi Awardees". Sangeet Natak Akademi Official website. Archived from the original on 30 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Padma Awards Directory (1954–2009)" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Music : Brief recital, short shrift". The Hindu. 23 December 2005. Archived from the original on 18 November 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  5. ^ Rajan, Anjana (18 June 2010). "Bliss with blemishes". The Hindu. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  6. ^ "Tejpal Singh – Singer". MySwar. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  7. ^ "Padma Sachdev, the poet who took Dogri language to great heights". 4 August 2021.