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Light of the Nam

Light of the Nam
Artist Shop: Snatam Kaur Khalsa

Categories: Yoga Music, Sacred Vocal
Media Type: CD
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This Brand NEW Release from Snatam Kaur takes the listener inside the intimate experience of her daily morning chants on her latest release, Light of the Naam: Morning Chants.

These are the Gurmukhi chants Snatam sings every morning to start her day as a part of her Kundalini Yoga daily practice known as the Aquarian Sadhana.

Snatam's vocals carry you through this beautiful album, Light of the Naam: Morning Chants, of mantras with the power and gentle sweetness that has made her a presence in people's lives around the globe. Accompanied by keyboard, flutes, violin, guitars and tabla, Snatam's latest release is a masterpiece of simple beauty.

Light of the Naam is produced by Thomas Barquee, whose musical partnership with Snatam Kaur continues to uplift and expand.

As a child, Snatam had training in voice, violin, guitar, and percussion. She obtained a solid foundation in Western classical music while playing violin in an orchestra and giving solo performances. Her many opportunities to use and expand her musical talent in a spiritual setting emphasized for her the connection between her music and spirituality. "I learned about the importance of sound currents from Yogi Bhajan," she says, "but I also had the personal experience of how the energy of these sacred words can have a very real, positive effect."

Snatam further explored the power of sound in India. After high school, her love for the Indian musical tradition and for children took her to Miri Piri Academy, a boarding school for children in India. She spent time taking care of the young children, teaching physical education, and providing music for the children's morning and evening chanting. When she returned to the United States, she attended Mills College in Oakland, California, where she obtained a degree in biochemistry, taught yoga classes, and shared her chants with Western audiences. But India called her back. After touring and performing Kirtan in northern India, Snatam settled in Amritsar where she studied music with the accomplished ragi (Indian master of Sikh-style kirtan) Bhai Hari Singh. This was a great honor for her, and particularly meaningful because Singh was the same teacher who had taught her mother when she was just a little girl.

Snatam embraced everything that Singh taught her, from the technical aspects of the notes, to the ability to sing with presence and awareness. The lessons took place in Singh's home, where Snatam was welcomed by the entire family--daughters, sons, and grandchildren.

While in Amritsar, Snatam lived next door to the Golden Temple, considered the world's holiest Sikh temple. Sacred music resonates from inside the temple from about 2:30 in the morning to midnight every day - sounds created by world-class masters of Sikh kirtan. This enabled Snatam to continually soak in the essence of the Sound Current.

Upon returning to the US from India, Snatam began her career as a recording artist with a band called the Peace Family. She served as the band's lead singer and, with two skilled and accomplished musicians - Livtar Singh and GuruGanesha Singh, had her first opportunity to write songs. Two years later she began to develop her own sound and style and embarked on a very fruitful solo career.

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