Vijay Kumar Yamla
(Performing at Bhangra on Main and Downtown Bhangra)
All the way from India, Vijay Kumar Yamla brings his prodigious musical talents to Bhangra on Main this year. The grandson of Lai Chand Yamla Jatt, renowned folk singer and founder of the Toombi, Yamla’s keen interest in music from early childhood has been pursued to perfection throughout his life. Skilled in singing as well as classical and folk instruments, such as the tabla, dhol, dholki, algoze, and bughdhu, Yamla is expert in the instruments of bhangra (the sapp, chimta, dhadd, morchang, and naal, among others), as well as those in the more typical Punjabi and Indian folk styles. His talents have taken him around India, and as far away as Korea and the United Arab Emirates, where he has performed, trained, and collaborated with many emerging and established musicians eager to work and learn from him. In August 2015, for example, Yamla was invited by Shyam Benegal Production Bombay to play folk instruments for a mega-project on Punjab history. In the same month, he performed for MTV at the famous Coke Studio Bombay with renowned Punjabi Singer Gurdas Mann and Diljeet Dosanjh, spreading the best of folk culture to new generations of Punjabi people.
Yamla has been presented with many honours in his life, including gold and silver medals in competitions throughout India. He works as a Junior Program Assistant at the Youth Welfare Department, Punjabi University, Patiala and is pursuing his Masters in Music (Vocal) at Himachal Pradesh University in Shimla.