The Essential Snatam Kaur: Sacred Chants for Healing

The Essential Snatam Kaur: Sacred Chants for Healing

by Snatam Kaur


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This compilation of tracks by singer Snatam Kaur is culled from her albums Anand, Shanti, Liberation's Door, Grace, and Prem. Kaur's Indian religious music usually finds her singing calmly in Gurumukhi, the sacred language of the Sikhs, and her simple, soothing lines are repeated over and over for a trance-like effect. For instance, the title of "Gobinda Gobinda Hari Hari" constitutes all of its lyrics, but the track goes on for more than ten minutes. It's easy to forget that Kaur is Indian by ethnicity, but not by birth; she comes from Colorado, and when, on "Servant of Peace," she begins singing in clear English halfway through, the effect is surprising. Somehow, too, all that repetition isn't quite so meditative when an English speaker can understand what she's singing. "By Thy Grace," for instance, almost comes off like country-style gospel music. Still, Kaur has learned from Enya and other new age-oriented artists the virtues of slow, textured, repetitive music, and listeners are bound to find that their heartbeats slow and their blood pressure comes down when her music is playing.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/04/2010
Label: Sounds True
UPC: 0600835147422
catalogNumber: 51474

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Snatam Kaur   Primary Artist,Harmonium,Vocals
Aloke Dasgupta   Sitar
Pedro Eustache   Flute
Jim McGrath   Percussion
Lili Hayden   Violin
Manish Vyas   Vocals
Avtar Singh   Tabla
Satnam Ramgotra   Tabla
Thomas Barquee   Bass,Harmonium,Keyboards,Vocals
Simone Sello   Guitar
Girish   Percussion,Tabla
Manose   Flute
Domonic Dean Breaux   Woodwind
Guru Ganesha Singh   Guitar,Vocals
Greg Ellis   Percussion,Drums
Protush Banerjee   Sarod
Zoran Todorovic   Guitar
Teresa Wagner   Flute

Technical Credits

Snatam Kaur   Composer
Guru Ram Das   Composer
Guru Arjan   Composer

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paula54 More than 1 year ago
This particular CD is a great introduction to the lovely voice and instrumentals that is characteristic of Snatam Kaur. No matter what your religious affiliation or spirituality, it is universally beautiful and inspiring. It is my favorite CD to which I fall asleep; seems to work better than pure Delta waves! I especially enjoy the insert which includes a good sampling of the lyrics in the native language with an English translation. It is extremely relaxing and meditative; exactly the kind of beautiful music and melodies that are welcome to get "stuck in one's head". Truly sacred. I love it. I am getting two more of her works: SHANTI and LIBERATIONS DOOR. I wish I could attend a concert of hers but there are none scheduled within my area. May the Good God continue to bless her talents. Namaste. Amen.