Affectiontely known as Tubsy, Bhupinder Kullar live in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
He showed an immediate interest in music from a very early age, and proudly refers to a photograph given to him by his family where he is seen trying to reach either side of a Dholki drum at the age of one!
Tubsy comes from a family of musicians. His father and Guru Shri Pakhar Singh Ji was a singer and musician that performed in a trio, singing devotional songs in the traditional Dhad Sarangi style of music. Tubsy’s elder brother Sital Singh is also a highly regarded percussionist – and was one of the first Dhol players in England. Founder of the pioneering UK bhangra dance troupe The Saathies in 1968, his recognisable dholki sound can be heard on many hit songs including Gidhian Di Rani by A S Kang.
Having both his dad and brother as his strongest influences ensures that Tubsy retains a strong and distinctive Punjabi folk style of playing. He taught himself to play the Dhol at the age of six and his love of Punjabi music and culture later led him to be involved in a number of UK Bhangra bands including Anari Sangeeta (1979), Nimmana Group (1983), Nachda Sansaar Bhangra Group (1984), Kalkaar (1985), Satrang (1986), Malkit Singh’s Golden Star (1988), The New Pardesi Music Machines (1990), The Sari Boys (1991), Meshi Eshara (1995), Pardesi (1996), Desi Boys (2000), DCS (2002), JazzyB (2007), Bhangra All Stars (2011) and Tru Skool Live Band (2014).