After short stints in the courts of the rulers of Patiala and Nabha, Phumman Singh went in 1885 to Hyderabad where he served as a musician at the Nizam`s court but, having been nurtured in the Sikh religious tradition, he did not feel at home in that environment and soon moved to Nanded where he first joined the jatha or choir of Ragi Gulab Singh who performed kirtan at Takht Sachkhand Sri Hazur Sahib, and then him self became the head musician. Bhai Harsa Singh, who had joined him at Amritsar, continued to be his companion at tabla. Bhai Phumman Singh was well versed in several instruments, especially tails, dilruba, kanun, sitar and harmonium. He was skilled in many ragas or classical measures of Indian music, but his favourites were Darbari, Kanara and Malkauris.
Nizam `Usman `Ali of Hyderabad was his great admirer and, whenever he passed through Nanded, he would halt at the railway station to listen to his kirtan. Bhai Phumman Singh was married sometime after his arrival at Nanded, but he died issueless in 1928. N.S.A.