Friday, 9 January 2009

Snatam Kaur

Snatam Kaur, born 1972 in Trinidad, Colorado, is an American singer and songwriter. She performs Sikh devotional music called kirtan and has toured around the world as a peace activist. She currently lives in EspaƱola, New Mexico with her partner Sopurkh Singh Khalsa. Kaur's family moved to California when she was was two, living in Long Beach and Sacramento. When Kaur was six, the family went to India where her mother studied Kirtan. Kaur lived on a ranch near Bolinas, California as an adolescent, playing kirtan with her mother in Sikh temples and attending Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley. While at Tam High, she played violin in the school orchestra and began songwriting. Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead coached her and her classmates before they performed her song Saving the Earth at an Earth Day concert in San Francisco. Snatam was also active in social and environmental causes while in high school, serving as president of the Social Action Club, which started a campus recycling program and organized environmenal awareness programs. The Club also led the effort to change the school mascot and sports team names from the Indians to the Red Tailed Hawk in 1990 and 1991. After graduating she attended Mills College in Oakland, California, receiving a bachelors 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 which is a company started by followers of the Sikh Dharma that donates 10% of its profits to peace causes. Snatam Kaur was nominated for a Grammy Award for her album Shanti(2004) in the new age category.

5 comments:

  1. Man, you are damn fast putting posts in your blog, by the way, Good Job, But Keep Up as long as possible, maintain same speed.
    Laddi Web

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  2. i have listened to her kirtan she has a melodiious voice her kirtan transports me to heaven

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  3. dixiecasting@mac.com8 March 2009 at 22:23

    My Name is Dharam Darshan Kaur- I too was born in Trinidad Colorado. I now live in Los Angeles, California. I love your music!
    Sat Nam

    Dharam Darshan Kaur

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  4. I recentlylisten about satnam kaur.Ofcouse a great sikh look and a milestone for those who goes away from sikhism.

    Appar Apar singh
    Guruharsahai(Punjab)

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