The Blue Lions are a band of Sikh warriors belonging to the ancient lineage of the Warrior Akali Nihang Singhs. They perform Spiritual Indian Classical music called kirtan, reciting mantras in specific ragas that have a profound effect on the mind and body to further become One with the Soul.
The Akali Nihang Singhs live a life of service, a duty that is maintained within each moment for everything in existence. This unconditional service is a core principle in the Sikh faith and is referred to as Seva. The Blue Lions travel around the world performing music in settings ranging from headlining the O2 London with Basement Jaxx, performing with Bob Dylan and Anna Phoebe, to small intimate ceremonies at private residences. Recently, they sold-out two concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, as well as performing at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo in Monaco.
They also teach music, yoga, meditation, and perform ayurvedic shamanic medicine ceremonies from the Akali Nihang Warrior tradition. The Blue Lions were blessed earlier this year when they sang Kirtan at Takhat Hazur Sahib and also appeared on BBC Radio and the Akaal TV Channel.
Blue Lions Music:
The ‘Ragas‘ they play from Indian Classical Music have a profound effect on our energy field. Ragas are charged with prana/chi and help regenerate and restore our energy and balance. This music therapy emits a deep vibration which nourishes the listener. This brings harmony between the mind, body and soul. The Blue Lions begin with instrumental music and then sing different Ragas and compositions before beginning the mantra chanting. They play ancient stringed instruments like the ‘Taus’ which is very rare and was designed by the Sixth Sikh Guru.
Come and meditate or just sit back, relax and enjoy!
Chanting is a deep practice that opens the heart to devotion or Bhakti. It calms the mind and helps us to release blockages, so the body can heal and our spirit can feel its natural freedom.
There is a deep wisdom contained within the vibration of these Sikh Mantras and each individual has their own unique experience. Chanting replenishes the soul and unites us with one another and is the perfect way to experience the joy of singing in a group. There will also be explanations of the different Mantras and Bhajans, and what effect they will have on the chakras and our psyche.
Dr Kamalroop Singh
Kamalroop Singh has a PhD the Sri Dasam Granth Sahib or the Sikh Martial Scripture from Birmingham University and he has spent time examining original manuscripts and learning from traditional orders in India. Kamalroop's interests include Gurmat Sangeet - Kirtan, Tabla, Yoga and Martial Arts like Gatka. Kamalroop Singh is an expert linguist and has worked for the Crown Prosecution Services and taught languages at the School of African and Oriental Studies. He has been a consultant to a number of museums and galleries around the world, regularly travels and teaches about related subjects. He has over 20 years’ experience in running Retreats both in the UK and in Europe. He has also has worked on projects related to preserving the Punjabi language and improving teaching methods, and also has participated in Panjabi/Sikh Studies programs and conferences. He has written many academic papers and recently, his work has been published twice by Oxford University Press.
Photographer: Christian Thomas
Ragi Harminder Singh
Harminder Singh hails from a musical family who have been singing Raga Kirtan for over six generations and he was recently bestowed the title of ‘Ragi’ which means expert on Ragas at Anandpur Sahib. He was taught Kirtan by Bhai Jaspal Singh (nephew of the legendary Bhai Dharam Singh Zakhmi) and had over 20 years tuteledge from Ustad Mohan Singh Musapuri who taught him vocals and stringed instruments like the Taus and Dilruba. Harminder Singh is also an advanced practitioner of Sikh Martial Arts and a Senior Instructor of the Filipino Martial Art, Kali. He has been teaching both Martial Arts and Kirtan for 20 years around the UK and across Europe.
Photographer: Christian Thomas
Simran Singh and Virpal Singh performing at the O2 London with the Basement Jaxx
Virpal Singh is also a student of Ustad Tari Khan, and is an expert tabla player. He has also been playing the santoor for many years. The santoor is a large flat classical instrument that hails from Persia around 3000 years ago. It is played with 2 wooden strikers and has over 100 strings. Virpal Singh is also a beatboxer and has been performing for more than 15 years. He also, under the guidance and teachings of Dr Kamalroop Singh, prepares the medicines for the ceremonies and assists in the teaching of yoga, martial arts and music.
Simran Singh is an expert tabla player who learnt Tabla from Musical Legend Ustad Tari Khan. He is a full time musician and is a member of both ‘Anna Phoebe’ and ‘Jurojin’ band. He has played on many stages across the world for thousands of people with many artists. He is also an Organic Farmer and spends much of his time working with the land and the animals that he cares for on his farm. Simran Singh also assists in the teachings of yoga and martial arts, and teaches the tabla
Additional members of The Blue Lions Band include:
Mehmet Polat: Ud player