Harpreet is a versatile artiste who sings original musical compositions in Hindi, as well as in Punjabi, Bengali, Assamese, Rajasthani and Haryanvi. Trained in Hindustani classical music, he plays both the guitar and flute. His talent fuses both the modern and traditional when composing tunes to his own lyrics and for classical poetry that he loves. He is best known for creating musical scores to the works of poets such as Kabir and Bulleh Shah. His original composition Kutte (dog), a song about a canine’s view of human life, was selected by Bollywood film director Dibakar Banerjee and Kanu Behl for the film Titli. Some of his yet-to be-released compositions, Geet Aur Shabd, Kho Gaye He Wo and Sonapani, have received wide appreciation.
Nanak Singh's Khooni Vaisakhi
Navdeep Suri in conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy and a music rendition by Harpreet
On 13 April 1919, 22-year-old Nanak Singh joined the mass of peaceful protestors agitating against the Rowlatt Act at Jallianwala Bagh. It was a life-changing experience for him: he survived the massacre, unnoticed among the hundreds of corpses, and his poem about the traumatic event, Khooni Vaisakhi, was banned soon after its publication in May 1920. Navdeep Suri, Nanak Singh's grandson, in conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy.