One of the most beloved Western Gurbani Kirtan artists in the world (she’s produced 18 Kirtan albums to date), just about anyone with a passion for this musical form is familiar with Satkirin’s unique fusion of Latin and World rhythms with Western and Indian Classical Raag. “I don’t limit myself to just one musical style or sound,” Satkirin shares. “I’ve always aimed to create a fusion in my music. It’s important to me. I see Gurbani Kirtan as a soul language that unites cultures and people.”
Satkirin’s study of Gurbani Kirtan began in 1970 when she was in her early 20’s. Satkirin studied directly with Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini Yoga, while residing in Los Angeles. Under the direct guidance of Yogi Bhajan, Satkirin received instruction on Kundalini Yoga, Mantra and Shabd. After she helped to found the Guru Ram Das Ashram in Los Angeles, Sat Kirin was sent to New York City in 1992 by Yogi Bhajan expressly to develop community and outreach through Kirtan.
As a Sikh Minister, appointed by Yogi Bhajan in 1974 to the position of Guru Granthi to the Los Angeles Gurdwara (Sikh Temple), and now serving the Manhattan Gurdwara, Satkirin projects grace in exalted service for the care and teaching of the Sikh holy scripture, the Siri Guru Granth Sahib. She teaches the sacred language of Gurmukhi to the adults and children of the community and performs Sikh religious ceremonies.
Whether leading a Kirtan or teaching a workshop, Satkirin’s goal is to deliver a deep experience of how Naad and rhythm work together to calibrate the ten bodies for a quintessential experience of bliss. A trainer of Kundalini Yoga Aquarian Teacher Training Level 1, Naad and Mantra module, she imparts a vibrancy and deep experience of the spiritual sound current to her students, embellishing her classes with live music. As she says, “Sharing the technology of this yogic way of life to uplift, enrich and bring harmony and peace to others is a gift that can only grow with sharing.”
As part of her mission to disseminate peace and service through music, Satkirin is a representative to the United Nations Department of Public Information for the NGO of Healthy Happy Holy Organization (3HO Foundation). Probably her most impressive contribution, however, is raising her two sons, Gurumustuk Singh and Dharam Singh, with her beloved husband, Siri Vishnu Singh. Gurumustuk Singh is the webmaster and founder of the famous Sikh-devoted website Sikhnet (www.sikhnet.com) and father of two children. Dharam Singh lives and teaches in San Francisco.
Satkirin is regularly featured on her internationally-broadcast Kundalini Yoga television show on Time Warner Premium Cable network, JusPunjabi. She also publishes a monthly newsletter, where she shares her experiences as a teacher and practitioner of Gurbani Kirtan.