Gurpreet Sian began playing Dhol over 12 years ago and has been teaching group and private lessons for the last 6. He has participated in international Bhangra competitions with the award winning VIBE and United Bhangra and has played Dhol for the pop Bhangra group Signia, Surya Brass Band, and occasionally with Delhi2Dublin. Gurpreet has also danced in many music videos and movies, as well as taught Bhangra workshops to adults and kids during festival times throughout the lower mainland. Gopi, as he is commonly known, has always taken active interest in the community through his positive influence on South Asian kids. From the hit show "Punjabi Vibes", the trio of hosts, Gopi being one of them, often focus on pressing youth issues. South Asian Arts is his way of providing structure to a passion he can share with the next generation. Gurpreet teaches Bhangra and Dhol classes.
Rayman is a very well accomplished musician. He plays Piano, Harmonium, Tabla & Dholak just to name a few instruments, but his specialty is in Dhol. He’s been honing his skill for the past 20+ years all over the world and makes his annual trip to India for some private training with his Ustad, Ramzu Bhai. Ramzu’s family has a very rich history in percussion music dating back many generations, especially in Dhol. Rayman has performed with the who’s-who of Indian music; he’s been teaching Dhol for well over 10 years; he is one of, if not THE most highly trained Dhol player in North America, and as the head of the Dhol program at South Asian Arts, he looks forward to teaching you how to play the Dhol the right way!
Harkiran is the founder of South Asian Arts’ competitive Bhangra team called Pehchaan Apni Nachdi Jandi, aka P.A.N.J. She is a criminology student who is currently studying pre-law. She has always had a passion for Bhangra since she was a young girl. During the summer of 2010, she went to India and learned how to execute the true form of Bhangra from competing dancers in Punjab. She is the captain of the P.A.N.J. co-ed, all-girls, and all-boys teams.