Kinnar 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. Kinnar 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. Kinnar 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. Kinnar 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 Kinnar 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.