An Interview With One Of Its Members : Keerat Kaur
Posted by Phulkari on 04 2nd, 2009
Q1. How did you come to join the Gurmat Gian Group? How long have you been with the group? How often does the group meet?
A. The Gurmat Gian Group was formed by my mother Gurpreet Kaur. My mother Gurpreet Kaur and myself used to do kirtan in the weekend gatherings of Gurmat Gian Missionary Trust. These programmes are held every Saturday and Sunday. Impressed with our singing, we were asked by the organizers and especially by Rana Inderjit Singh to train young boys and girls to do kirtan. Now Gurpreet Kaur takes regular classes at the Gurmat Gian Missionary College where many girls and boys of different age groups are learning kirtan.
The encouragement to go in to recording Gurbani Kirtan lead to the formation of Gurmat Gian Group which now has 5 CDs to its credit.
The 5 Cds available are:
* 1. Saajanara Mera Saajanara
* 2. Mera Baid Guru Govinda
* 3. Tere Kavan Kavan Gun Keh Keh Gava
* 4. Mo Kao Taar Le Raama Taar Le
* 5. Mohan Ghar Aavoh Karo Jodariya
4 more CDs are already recorded and are to be released in due course. These are all Audio Cds only, however Mera Baid and Tere Kavan Kavan are also available as VCDs.
Our group has also sung shabads for the recently released animation movie “Sundri”.
Q 2. Is there any purpose behind the group being only women? Was it intended to be a women’s only group or did it just happen?
A. When the group started, there was no specific aim to form an all women’s group. This just happened and we plan to keep it this way now.
Q 3. Does a woman play the tabla?
A. There is no woman tabla player in the group. Right now, there are 3 members of this group, Gurpreet Kaur, Japjit Kaur and myself. There are no other members of the group as yet and we select the instrument players including the tabla players according to the requirements of the compositions.
Q 4. How has being in this group added to your spiritual development as a Sikh?
A. We started as a group, with an aim to record and spread gurbani kirtan beyond our small weekend gathering of families. A typical recording preparation takes at least 2 months of 6-8 practice hours a day. We feel lucky to be able to spend this time singing Guru’s bani. Every shabad is practised 60-80 times before it is recorded. Every time we sing a shabad, we feel that we learn something new which we did not understand in the previous practise. This definitely has helped in our spiritual development.