Kinaar Kumar Seen is the eldest son of the well-known musical authority Ustad Lachhman Singh Seen of the Punjab Gharana. He started learning music from his father at an early age in the traditional style of Punjab Gharana. Kinaar completed a Master’s degree in music with a Sitar major and was awarded gold medals for his proficiencies in Sangeet Visharad examinations in both tabla and vocal music.
Kinaar Seen gave his first solo performance at the age of fourteen. Since then he has been performing in major music festivals all over the world including the famous Harvallabh Sangeet Sammelan in India in 1979 and 1980. He has had numerous performances all over the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa and the West Indies. Kinaarji has performed at the Festival of Asila in Morocco by invitation from the governor and represented India in Jamaica and Trinidad, being invited by the governors of those countries as well. He performed for the Virasat foundation in Canada and was honored with the Award of Indian Classical Music for 2002. Kinaar Seen played with the Beatles Magical Orchestra in 2005 conducted by David Amram and performed at the residence of John Lennon on his request. Princeton University produced an album with Kinaar Seen under the name of John Lippicote & Friends. He also scored music for Peter Seal’s album Type O Negative. His performance at the Festival of Sacred Music in New York along with Samir Chatterjee has been recorded and is awaiting release.
Kinaar Seen has given numerous lectures and demonstrations at prestigious institutions such as Harvard University, Princeton University, Brown University, State University of New York in Stony Brook and the Julliard School of Music.
He is recipient of several prestigious awards and recognitions in India and abroad. Famous painter S. Sobba Singh honored him at Guru Nanak Dev university of Amritsar for his artistry. He has been reviewed and featured in New York Newsday, India Tribune, The Times Herald and many other newspapers. Most notably, The New York Times named him as “a leading artist of India”.
Kinaar Seen opened a branch of Sangeet Vilas, Kinaar School of Music with his wife Payal, an expert vocalist, in 1986. As a family, they collectively pass on their knowledge to many students in the Metropolitan-New York and Tri-state areas in a traditional Guru-shishya form.
Parminder Payal Seen – was born into a world of love and inspiration for music, bestowed upon her by her mother. As a child her talent was acute and vividly visible to her parents who facilitated opportunities for proper training at an early age. This platform of accredited training would lay the foundation for the accomplishments, talent, recognition, and beauty of the artist we see and know today.
Payalji’s initial training began with the steerage from Srimati Harsh Anand, who Payalji regards as the source of her insight and inspiration for music. Later she began schooling under the austere guidance of Guruji Satish Chander of Sham Churasi Gharana in the aesthetic and traditional training of Indian classical music. Today apart from various other accreditations, she humbly performs practicing her knowledge gained while receiving her Master’s Degree in Music culminating the skills learned from the Gurus in the motherland.
After making a mark of her own by leveraging her talent with the proper training, Payalji was very blessed as she mentions in her own words to union with her husband Kinaar Kumar Seen, a great musician of the Punjab Gharana. She is very proud to be a part of the Seen family and to be the daughter-in-law of the famed and revered Acharya Lachhman Singh Seen who has enabled her with more opportunities to enhance her musical abilities under his support. This environment now couples documented lineage in musical bliss with talent and training.
Today Payalji resides in the United States where she perseveres in furthering her love and dedication to music. She continues to perform countless times both nationally and internationally. She has recorded numerous recognized pieces and has dabbled in blending music, dance, and Indian culture with western influences. She has recently directed a shabad recording of Melody and Majesty and collaborated with artist Rick Ramdehal in his recent album. She is well received and admired within the Indian, Indo-Caribbean, and American communities. She lives a life of learning, performing, and teaching music in harmony.