Artist Profiles: S. D. Batish

S. D. Batish

S. D. Batish was a leading figure the Indian music scene since 1936. His songs were broadcast from All India Radio nationwide. His old movies are regularly shown on Indian TV.

He was a true master of the various vocal and instrumental styles of North Indian music, including Bhajans, Geet, Thumri, Ghazals, Film Sangeet, etc. Shiv Dayal Batish was born December 14, 1914, in Patiala, India.

S. D. Batish studied singing from Guru Chandan Ram Charan of Patiala. He was an expert player of the Sitar, Tabla, Dilruba, Vichitra Veena, Violin and Harmonium. S. D. Batish specialized as a vocalist, composer, author and teacher. He recorded numerous albums for His Masters Voice – EMI (India), Topic Records and Batish Records, an independent label run by his family in Santa Cruz, California.

Some of his hit songs in India are: Khamosh Nigaahen from the film Daasi Pagadi Sambhaal Jattaa from the film Gowaandhi Ishk Ishk Qawaali from the film Barsaat Ki Ek Raat Aankhen Keha Gai Dil Ki Baat from the film Laadli Aae Sajanaa Hamaar from the film Taksaal Pucho Naa Kaise Maine Raina Bitaae from the film Meri Surat Teri Aakhen Aao Hamaare Hotel Me from the film Kundan Daayam Paraa Huaa Tere Dar Par private ghazal by Ghalib Laazim Thaa Ke Dekho private ghazal by Ghalib Manmohan Mana Men from film Kaise Kahoon Best Vocalist Award for the song “Manmohan Mana Men” in 1964 fom Sur Singar Samsad

Shiv Dayal Batish died on July 29, 2006 in Santa Cruz, California.


My Favorite Bhajans (Batish, 1980)
Kaise Kahoon (Saregama, 2004)
Hamari Manzil (Saregama, 2004)
Ram Bhajans: Devotional Hindu Folk Songs (Batish, 2006)
Om Shanti Meditation: Dilruba (Batish, 2006)
72 Carnatic Melakarta Series, Vol. 1 (Batish, 2006)
Rasik Raga Lakshan Manjari (Batish, 2007)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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