Makheer Singh is a 16 year old high school Junior who plays the Dilruba, an instrument used initially in the Sikh Devotional music tradition known as Gurmat Sangeet, in the North Indian classical musical tradition. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and has since been raised in the tradition of vocal Hindustani classical musical household. Makheer began his musical journey at the age of four under the tutelage of his Grandfather and his mother. At the age of 10 he started to learn the Dilruba and today, continues his Indian classical journey under the guidance of renowned young violinist Raaginder Singh Momi and Indian classical vocalist
Harlove Singh. Makheer has also performed at various international venues including
Washington D.C’s Capitol and Monument, Indian Fine Arts Academy of San Diego, and various other venues in Maryland, Los Angeles, London, New Jersey, New York, and San Francisco. Enjoying the improvisational aspect of Indian Classical music, Makheer has recently released music combining the worlds of hip-hop/r&b and Indian classical music. These past 2 years, he has released a total of 4 singles along with other collaborative songs on Spotify, Apple Music, etc. He continues to blend the elements and genres that have made him who he is today as his musical journey and endeavors continue.
About the Dilruba: Dilruba is a Persian word which means “heart stealer.” Created by the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, the dilruba produces a sound unlike any other, unique to its own self. The sound is produced with the combination of the bow and movement of the fingers across 20 frets on 4 main strings. The resonance on its 20 sympathetic strings is truly reverent and reminiscent of a call to the divine, similar to a call to one’s beloved.