Keertan Kaur



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Keertan Kaur

Keertan began her musical journey at the tender age of five in Leeds, where through culture community and her Sikh religious background she began learning Gurbani Kirtan from Ustad Dharambir Singh MBE and Smt. Gunwant Kaur. Keertan quickly developed a real connection with music and this was broadened by her exposure to North Indian Classical music at the age of eight.

Keertan had the privilege of learning under her late Guru Jayasree Sen Gupta, a disciple of the Legendary Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty. Under Jayasree's guidance and tutelage, Keertan was able to develop her musicianship further learning different styles including Khayal, Ghazal, Thumri, Kirtan, Bhajan and Tarana. Keertan began performing for festivals, solo performances, performances alongside her Guru and with groups.

Following her Guru's passing, Keertan was keen to continue her musical journey. She currently takes trips to India to receive further training from music Maestros, learns Kirtan in Classical Ragas and teaches across genres.

Academically Keertan studied and obtained a career in Law but later decided to pursue her passion in music full time. Currently as a freelance vocalist she works closely with many organisations including South Asian Arts-uk, Manchester International Festival, Bradford Literature Festival, Opera North and Gem Arts. Keertan has been involved in both classical and contemporary projects, wedding bookings, summer schools, school workshops and delivered both group and solo performances across genres.

Recently, Keertan was part of a National Tour of ‘Sacred Sounds: Sikh Faith and the First World War' co-produced by South Asian Arts-uk and Alchemy Anew. She also succeeded in obtaining an Resonance grant award from Opera North in 2019 to develop her own music.


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