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Wife: Gauri
Age: 40 Years
Hometown: Village Bajrawar, Hoshiarpur

Satinder Sartaaj

Bio/Wiki
Real nameSatinder Pal Singh Saini [1]Pitaara Tv
Profession(s)Singer, Songwriter, Poet, Actor
Famous forCrooning the Punjabi songs Sai (2009), Masoomiat (2017), and Udaarian (2018)
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 168 cm
in meters- 1.68 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 6”
Eye ColourDark Brown
Hair ColourBlack
Career
DebutMusic Album: Tere Qurbaan (2009)
Satinder Sartaaj's Tere Qurbaan
Hollywood Film: The Black Prince (2017) as Maharaja Duleep Singh
Satinder Sartaaj in The Black Prince
Punjabi Film: Ikko Mikke (2020) as Nihaal
Satinder Sartaaj in Ikko Mikke
Awards, Honours, Achievements • Best Sufi Singer Award at Dubai International Cultural Festival
• Youth Icon Award from Rotaract Club Chandigarh
• Title for Punjab Heritage Foundation, Patiala
• Best International Act at the Brit Asia TV Music Awards (BAMA) in 2011
• Best Songwriter Award at Brit Asia TV Music Awards (BAMA) in 2017
• Music Video of the Year Award at BAMA for Udaarian in 2018
• International Punjabi Cinema Debut Icon Award (2018) for The Black Prince
• Punjab Gaurav Award in 2018 by the then Chief Minister of Punjab Captain Amarinder Singh
Satinder Sartaaj receiving Punjab Gaurav Award
• Mirchi Music Award for Album of the Year for the Music Album Mohabbat De Mausam in 2019
Satinder Sartaaj with Mirchi Music Awards
• Honoured for his music album Gurmukhi Da Beta at Press Club, Jalandhar, Punjab, in 2019
Satinder Sartaaj being honoured for Gurmukhi Da Beta at Press Club Jalandhar

Note: Sartaaj has received many more awards and honours from institutions & organizations like Panjab University Chandigarh, Punjabi University Patiala, Army Head Quarters Chandigarh, Indian Microelectronics Society, Global Punjab Organization Delhi, OSHO World Delhi & Panchkula, Deputy Commissioner Mansa, and DAV Group of Institutions.
Personal Life
Date of Birth31 August 1982 (Tuesday)
Age (as of 2023)41 Years
BirthplaceVillage Bajrawar, Hoshiarpur, Punjab, India
Zodiac signVirgo
Signature/AutographSatinder Sartaaj's autograph
NationalityIndian
HometownVillage Bajrawar, Hoshiarpur, Punjab, India
SchoolGovernment Primary School (GPS), Bajrawar, Hoshiarpur

Note: Sartaaj also attended government schools in nearby villages of Chabewal and Patti in Hoshiarpur.
College/University• Government College Hoshiarpur, Punjab
• Sangeet Visharad, Jalandhar
• Panjab University, Chandigarh
Educational Qualification(s)• Graduation in Music with Honours from Government College Hoshiarpur, Punjab
• Diploma in Classical Music from Sangeet Visharad, Jalandhar
• Masters in Music from Panjab University, Chandigarh
• Master of Philosophy (M. Phil.) in Music from Panjab University, Chandigarh
• PhD with a specialization in Sufi Poetry from Panjab University, Chandigarh
Satinder Sartaaj receiving his PhD
• A certificate course and diploma in the Persian language from Panjab University, Chandigarh [2]Satinder Sartaaj's Official Website
ReligionSikhism [3]The Economic Times [4]Instagram - Satinder Sartaaj
CasteSaini [5]Facebook - Sikh Saini
AddressHouse No. 45-C, Phase- 3b1, Sector-60, SAS Nagar (Mohali), Punjab
HobbiesWriting, Playing Snooker
ControversiesSued for Stealing Lyrics: In August 2010, Sartaaj and his promoter Mahal Enterprises Ltd. were slapped with a legal notice by poet Tarlok Singh Judge for stealing Judge's lyrics. During a media interaction, Tarlok Singh said that he came to know from a lady that Sartaj had copied the lyrics of his (Tarlok's) ghazal (that Tarlok posted on his social media account) and sung it during a show in Canada, claiming it to be his own words. Following the incident when Tarlok seeked a public apology from Sartaaj, someone from Sartaaj's end assured Tarlok that Sartaaj would clear things once he comes back to India. However, Sartaaj refused to apologise when he returned to India from the US. Judge also alleged that the lyrics of many of Sartaaj's hit songs were stolen from the verses of other poets like Deepak Jataoi, Gurcharan Rampuri, and Utsaad Daman. [6]The Indian Express

Zafarnama Recitation Controversy: In 2020, a complaint was filed against Sartaaj for improper pronouncition of Zafarnama in his song. However, the Akal Takht Sahib gave a clean chit to Sartaaj. [7]News18

Controversy with Isha Rikhi: In 2021, while Satinder Sartaaj was shooting for the music video of his Punjabi song 'Twajjo,' Isha had an argument with him for making her wait for long hours on the sets of the shoot. Later, she walked off the sets of the shoot saying she didn't want to work with Sartaaj. [8]Ghaint Punjab

Live Concert in the US Called-off: In 2022, Sartaaj's live concert that was to be held on 17 April in Houston, Texas, was cancelled after Rajya Sabha MP Kirodi Lal Meena wrote to Amit Shah, Home Minister of India, requesting immediate action to stop the concert. In his letter, Meena stated that the concert was organised by Rehan Siddiqui, a Pakistan-origin man living in Houston, who was blacklisted in 2020 on the advice of the Consulate General of India in Houston. Meena further claimed that the proceeds from such events were used by Siddiqui for anti-India activities. [9]India Today
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/GirlfriendsGauri
Marriage Date9 December 2010
Satinder Sartaaj's wedding picture
Marriage PlaceTaj Hotel in Chandigarh
Family
Wife/SpouseGauri
Satinder Sartaaj with his wife
ParentsFather- Balwinder Singh (farmer)
Mother- Name Not Known
Satinder Sartaaj with his parents
SiblingsHe has a brother.
Favourites
ActorBrad Pitt
BeverageTea
ColourWhite
Style Quotient
Car Collection• Two Land Rover Defenders (Sartaaj is the first person in India to own a Land Rover Defender)
Satinder Sartaaj with his Land Rover Defenders
• Two Range Rovers
Satinder Sartaaj posing with his Range Rover
Satinder Sartaaj with his Range Rover
• A Volvo
Satinder Sartaaj with his Volvo

Satinder Sartaaj

Some Lesser Known Facts About Satinder Sartaaj

  • Satinder Sartaaj is an Indian singer, songwriter, poet, and actor, who shot to fame with his Punjabi song Sai from the music album Sartaaj (2010). Holding a doctorate in Sufi music, Sartaaj is one of the few singers who are highly qualified.
  • He grew up in a middle-class family of farmers in Bajrawar, Hoshiarpur.
  • As a child, Sartaaj was hooked to the melody emanating from the sarangi and flute of the wandering artists. When he was in class 3, Sartaaj started performing at the Baal-Sabhas.
  • While Sartaaj was pursuing a PhD from Panjab University, Chandigarh, he met Gauri, who was also pursuing a PhD in Environment. Soon, they fell in love with each other and began dating. A few years later, they got married according to Sikh rituals.
  • When Sartaaj was studying at Panjab University, he participated in and won various Punjab Heritage Foundation Competitions. He also stood second in the 24th All-India Light Vocal Festival.

    Satinder Sartaaj receiving an award in his college days

    Satinder Sartaaj receiving an award from Sushma Swaraj in his college days

  • After pursuing a certificate course and diploma in the Persian language, Sartaaj joined Punjab University’s Music Faculty and taught music for around 6 years.
  • Satinder Sartaaj once participated in the singing reality show Zee TV Antakshari hosted by Annu Kapoor. He was praised for his performance in the folk category on the show.
  • In 2003, Sartaaj was featured in Zee Punjabi’s documentary on the Life of Sayyad Waris Shah.
  • In 2008, Sartaaj got the opportunity to perform at a gig in Toronto, Ontario. The organisers of the show apparently heard Sartaaj singing on YouTube. Impressed with his voice, the organisers booked Sartaaj to perform for the Punjabi-Canadian audience.
  • A year later, Sartaaj released his debut music album Tere Qurbaan. However, it went unnoticed.
  • In 2010, Satinder Sartaaj released his music album Sartaaj and became very popular for his track Sai from the album. The album also included the Punjabi songs Nikki Jehi Kuri and Filhaal Hawavan, which were liked by the audience.

    A still from the music video of the Punjabi song Nikki Jehi Kuri

    A still from the music video of the Punjabi song Nikki Jehi Kuri

  • Subsequently, Sartaaj released the music album Cheerey Wala Sartaaj (2011), which included popular songs like Motia Chameli, Dil Sabh De Vakhre, Cheere Waleya, and Adhi Kick Ch Start Mera Yamaha.

    A still from the Punjabi music video Cheere Waleya

    A still from the Punjabi music video Cheere Waleya

  • Thereafter, he sang many popular Punjabi songs including Zikr Tera (2014), Sajjan Raazi (2016), Hazaarey Wala Munda (2016), Masoomiat (2017), Udaarian (2018), and Titli (2022).

    A still from the Punjabi music video Udaarian

    A still from the Punjabi music video Udaarian

  • In 2017, Sartaaj played the role of Maharaja Duleep Singh in the American film The Black Prince. Centred in British India, the film revolves around the story of Maharaja Duleep Singh, the last Maharaja of the Sikh Empire and Punjab and his relationship with Queen Victoria, the queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. The film was released in three languages- Hindi, English, and Punjabi.

    Satinder Sartaaj as Maharaja Duleep Singh in The Black Prince

    Satinder Sartaaj as Maharaja Duleep Singh in The Black Prince

  • In his Punjabi film debut Ikko Mikke, Sartaaj played the role of Nihaal, a sculptor. In an interview, Sartaaj revealed that he read about 90-92 scripts before deciding to work in Ikko Mikke. [10]The Times of India

    Satinder Sartaaj as Nihaal in Ikko Mikke

    Satinder Sartaaj as Nihaal in Ikko Mikke

  • He has also appeared in the Punjabi film Kali Jotta (2023) opposite Neeru Bajwa.

    Kali Jotta (2023)

    Kali Jotta (2023)

  • Sartaaj, along with his troupe, has performed live at various events and concerts organised in Punjab, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Delhi, Jaipur, and Jammu. He has also conducted music tours across various countries like Canada, United Arab Emirates, and Australia.

    Satinder Sartaaj performing live at an event

    Satinder Sartaaj performing live at an event

  • Sartaaj considers the Persian Muslim poets Rumi and Shams Tabrizi his inspirations.
  • In an interview, Sartaaj revealed that Sufi music was a means for him to connect with God.
  • Various media houses consider him the saviour of the Gurmukhi language, Punjabi culture, Punjabi traditions, and folk.
  • Satinder Sartaaj is well-versed in playing various musical instruments like harmonium, chimta, piano, and Saaz-e-Sartaaj (his self-created musical instrument).

    Satinder Sartaaj playing the piano

    Satinder Sartaaj playing the piano

  • Sartaaj has a small recording studio named ‘Nazm Gaah’ at his home.

    Satinder Sartaaj in his recording studio

    Satinder Sartaaj in his recording studio

  • In 2017, Arun K Grover, the then vice-chancellor of Panjab University, declared Sartaaj as the brand ambassador of Panjab University.

    Satinder Sartaaj as Brand Ambassador of Punjab University

    Satinder Sartaaj as Brand Ambassador of Punjab University

  • In the same year, he founded the Sartaaj Foundation, a non-government organisation aimed at helping talented youth in the fields of arts, culture, education and sports.

    Sartaaj Foundation

    Sartaaj Foundation

  • An active philanthropist, Sartaaj donated Rs. 11 lakhs to the flood victims in Punjab on his birthday in 2019. [11]The Times of India
  • Once, while Sartaaj was performing on the stage at Panjab University, he shared that the University played a crucial role in his success as many of his songs were inspired by day-to-day incidents at Panjab University. Further, talking about his song Kudi Roya Na Karo, Sartaaj shared that he penned the song after he saw a girl crying in the market of Panjab University.
  • In one of his interviews, Sartaaj revealed that while he was studying at Panjab University, someone stole his Yamaha bike.
  • In an interview, Sartaaj, while talking about his love for music said,

    Yes, music definitely makes me happy. It makes me relax, physically. My happiest moments are when I am performing in front of an audience. That’s what I was born for. I think I’m gifted in the fields of poetry and music. During my childhood, I always used to sing, I would sing at school; on Saturdays, I’d have singing sessions. Even when I wasn’t technically learning music, I used to sing. I think it was in my blood.”

  • Sartaaj has collaborated with the United Nations for a fundraising event for the UN’s fight against human trafficking. On the project, he worked with the cultural royalties A. R. Rahman, Sonu Nigam, Quincy Jones, and Jimmy Carter.
  • Satinder Pal Singh Saini adopted his Takhallus (Pen name) ‘Sartaaj’ while he was studying at Panjab University. In an interview, while sharing the story behind the same, he said that once while he was in the PU hostel, he woke up at 3 am and found it difficult to sleep again. At the time, he took up his diary and pen and started writing a song whose last line was

    Tere Sir Taareyan Da Taj Ve.”

    From there he came up with the idea of adding ‘Sartaaj’ to his stage name.