Prabhu Nam Kaur has a profound mastery of the sound current and is able to evoke a deeply sacred space with her devotional music. She has been studying the language Gurmukhi for over 30 years and takes great joy in her ongoing studies of the Siri Guru Granth Sahib, the holy text of the Sikhs and is a well-known teacher of the Gurmukhi language and its musical form, Gurbani. Prabhu Nam Kaur has been singing sacred mantra and shabad from the Kundalini Yoga and Sikh traditions for more than 35 years. She aspires to sing these songs of God with devotion, so that their wisdom and beauty can shine forth, and so that listeners can find their own ability to sing and experience them as well.
Her CDs include Seasons of the Soul, Mother’s Blessing, Ardas and the Sopurkh Shabd and are available on Spirit Voyage Records.
Prabhu Nam Kaur began taking piano lessons when she was 5 years old until she was 20, and studied the flute for a few years in high school. She sang in the school choir and with her sisters at home, for fun. She never had any formal training in voice, but all the years of piano lessons transferred easily over to harmonium! Wanting to do justice to Gurbani Kirtan taught her a lot about singing. The first shabad she ever learned was Dhan Dhan Ram Das Gur, in a class taught by Amarji Kaur in Los Angeles in 1974. She studied later briefly with Jasbir Kaur. Both of these teachers had come to teach at the request of the Siri Singh Sahib Yogi Bhajan. In 1977, she went to Amritsar and met Bhai Hari Singh, who played at the Golden Temple for 54 years before retiring. She has continued studying with him whenever the opportunity has arisen, both in India and in the US when he has traveled there.
Prabhu Nam Kaur says that her daughter, Snatam Kaur, continually inspires her, and if she has taught Snatam about music, Snatam has certainly taught Prabhu Nam much as well. Yogi Bhajan taught that the basis of being a singer of Gurbani Kirtan is a willingness to serve the shabad; quite a spiritual practice in itself. She looks forward to deepening that practice.
Prabhu Nam Kaur holds weekly Kirtan classes in San Leandro, California