SNATAM KAUR KHALSA is an American singer, peace activist and author raised in the Sikh and Kundalini Yoga tradition. She has an amazing ability to transform traditional Sikh chants of India into a contemporary sound that appeals to the modern ear and awakens an ancient yearning in the soul.
Snatam visits Hungary again in 2019
Snatam’s concert tours bring her joyous, uplifting music to audiences everywhere as she performs compositions from her new album Beloved and much-beloved songs from her rich catalog of classic world devotional CDs. Timeless Snatam Kaur recordings such as Prem, Grace, Anand, Liberation’s Door and Light of the Naam, have brought inspiration and a deep sense of peace to listeners worldwide with their captivating blend of traditional sacred mantras and expansive musical settings blending Eastern and Western influences. But the best way to experience the music, warmth and wisdom of Snatam Kaur is live in concert.
"The concert is an opportunity for people to be awakened to the power of mantra" she says; "to fall in love with mantras and be healed by them. With these concerts I hope to connect people with these mantras so that they get a sense of their own intrinsic light and love. I know for myself that chanting together in these settings is super healing and super powerful for relieving stress, tension and that feeling of beingoverwhelmed that I think is pretty common for in this day and age. It’s a way for people to come and find that sense of peace again.”
Life and spiritual path
Snatam Kaur Khalsa was born 1972 in Trinidad, Colorado. The surname "Kaur", meaning "princess", is shared by all female Sikhs. When Snatam was six, the family went to India where her mother studied kirtan. During her childhood, she played kirtan with her mother in Sikh temples and at Sikh religious ceremonies. She attended Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, where she played violin in the school orchestra and began songwriting. She was influenced by Yogi Bhajan, as she was grew up in the presence of him. After graduating, Snatam attended Mills College in Oakland, California, receiving a bachelor's degree in biochemistry. She then returned to India to study kirtan under her mother's teacher, Bhai Hari Singh. In 1997, Kaur began a career as a food technologist with Peace Cereals in Eugene, Oregon.
Music and spirituality
From 2000 she dedicated herself to sharing devotional music and spiritual practice. In 2000, Kaur signed with Spirit Voyage Records — the founder of which, Guru Ganesha Singh Khalsa, became her manager and guitarist. From now on Snatam Kaur has released more than 20 albums, and received numerous positive reviews of her concerts and CDs, especially in alternative and yogic media. In 2010, her album Essential Snatam Kaur: Sacred Chants for Healing peaked at number nine on the Billboard listing of Top New Age Music Albums. Snatam Kaur's career also received a boost when it became known that her music was a favorite of Oprah Winfrey.
Sikhism and kundalini yoga
Snatam, being engaged to Sikh tradition and Kundalini Yoga practice, is working to create a better world in many ways. Sikhism is a way of life that includes devoting time to meditating on God and the scriptures, chanting, and living life in a way that benefits other people and the world. In her music and performances she often uses traditional Sikh mantras as well as yogic breathing and other practices. She as initiated Sikh wears a turban which is important and meaningful part of Sikh identity.
Naad Yoga: yoga of the sacred sounds
For over thirty years, she studied with and grew up in the presence of her spiritual teacher, the Sikh guru Yogi Bhajan, while he was in his physical form, learning the essence of Naad Yoga, a form of yoga focusing on sacred sound. At the core of this practice is an essential experience of peace and healing which has helped her music to be accessible to people of all walks of life. She has taught and shared Naad Yoga and Kundalini Yoga and meditation through her recorded CDs, concerts, and workshops for the past sixteen years as a part of her commitment to give people tools for a daily experience of inner peace.
From 2003 to 2009 Snatam Kaur spent much of each year on the "Celebrate Peace tour", which included performances at schools, hospices, juvenile detention centers, and other facilities. Kaur is a featured teacher and "Peace Ambassador" for the 3HO Foundation (a non-governmental organization affiliated with the United Nations since 1996).
Her new book (Original Light – The morning practice of kundalini yoga) is a compassionate and supportive guide to creating a personal daily spiritual practice.
Snatam lives in the United States with her husband Sopurkh Singh, whom she married in January 2006, and their daughter, Jap Preet Kaur. Since the birth of her daughter, Snatam Kaur has considerably scaled down her performances, though she still comes out for the Sat Nam Fest Kundalini Yoga and Music Festivals held annually in Pennsylvania, California and Mexico.
To find out more about her concerts, workshops and book, visit snatamkaur.com.