Renowned Flautist Ravinder Singh passed away at a local hospital in Mohali on Friday, where he was undergoing the treatment after being diagnosed for Covid -19. He was 76. He is survived by wife Tejinder Kaur and two sons, Kamaldeep Singh and Sandeep Singh.
As the news of his demise surfaced, many well-known musicians took to social media, to express their grief over the loss of a great talent. Veval, a well-known flautist, said: “He was my Guru and I owe the techniques on the flute I learnt to him.”
Ravinder was born in Lahore and then he moved to India with his parents as a child. His father, late Anant Singh Kabli was a well-known Punjabi poet who was settled in a government job in Chandigarh where Ravinder grew up. He was known to be a modest person who was inspired by flute legends Pt. Panna Lal Ghosh and Pt Hari Prasad Chaurasia. He started playing the flute at the age of 10 and learnt classical music from Jagdish Mitter of Kirana Gharana. He had the degree of Sangeet Praveen from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad in classical vocal music and also obtained senior diploma in Classical Instrument Music (flute). Also Read: Lyricist Surjit Singh Gill Passes Away At The Age Of 74
Not only this, he was an A grade artist of AIR and Doordarshan where he used to perform on a regular basis. Talking about some more of his accomplishments, he had the distinction of providing flute accompaniment to Ghazal King Jagjit Singh, Reshma of Pakistan, Kathak queen Sitara Devi and many alike. He was also honoured by the Punjabi University, Patiala at Annual Bhai Mardana Classical Sangeet Sammelan.