Gurdev Singh was born in India on 15 January 1948. He lives in Southall, England and tours the world performing recitals on the Sarod.
The Sarod is plucked string instrument used mainly in Hindustani music. Along with the better-known sitar, it is among the most popular and prominent instruments used in India. Like the sitar, it has a set of sympathetic strings underneath the main plucked strings. These resonate to create a natural drone sound. However, unlike the sitar, it has steel fretless fingerboard which enables it to produce the continuous slides between notes known as meend (glissandi). In addition, the strings pass over a bridge which in turn rests on a parchment belly. This configuration helps the sarod to produce its iconic deep, weighty, introspective sound.
Gurdev Singh also plays the bowed Dilruba and Taar-Shehnai and has a strong following of students that benefit from his instruction.