NIRANKAAR

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Nirankaar is Snatam Kaur’s latest album release. It features Snatam’s luminous interpretations of sacred mantras and verses from the Sikh tradition plus a Mantra and Meditation Series created from four of the tracks to facilitate the powerful practice of chanting mantras. The title, Nirankaar means “Formless God,” and expresses how the divine often manifests in ways that can't easily be perceived or understood. Four singles from Nirankaar, along with the tracks from Snatam’s Mantra and Meditation Series, were released weekly, and the entire album came out on May 13 on Be Why Music. Album credits >

"Akaal" Single release March 4, 2022

"Akaal Meditation" Single release March 11, 2022

The word Akaal means, “Beyond or without death,” and is most often chanted to help loved ones who have left their bodies connect with the Infinite. Chanting Akaal is also a deeply meaningful way to move beyond the limits of death, connect with the nature of the soul, and find love and peace in that realization.

The “Akaal Meditation” is the first release from Snatam Kaur’s Mantra and Meditation Series. These tracks are designed to chant along with and feature musically streamlined and supportive arrangements of mantras intended expressly for meditation. Snatam provided a workshop on this meditation through her online school of sacred music and yoga, Kirtan and Kundalini, on March 16, 2022.

"Soul Prayer" Single release March 18, 2022

"Ardaas Bhaee Meditation" Single release March 25, 2022

“Soul Prayer” begins with a powerful invocation that is often used before Sikh prayers and worship. Exquisitely sung in English and Gurmukhi, its intention is to arrive at a place of true humility. The track then segues into “Ardaas Bha-ee”, a joyous mantra to allow the soul of the devotee to grow closer to the Divine — to be heard, and for its prayer to become manifest. Video by Robin Layton www.robinlayton.com

“Ardaas Bha-ee” entreats the guardian angel-like energies to open the door for the soul to come forward and connect directly with the Divine. Chanting “Ardaas Bha-ee” empowers practitioners to align with the pure energy of the soul’s prayer to the Divine, and to live by this vibration. Snatam provided a workshop on this meditation through her online school of sacred music and yoga, Kirtan and Kundalini, on March 30, 2022.

"Ang Sang Waaheguru" Single release April 1, 2022

"Ang Sang Waaheguru Meditation" Single release April 8, 2022

“In every cell and every limb and every fiber is the miracle of the Divine.” Chanting “Ang Sang Waaheguru,” we tune into the expansive energy of God’s presence within us — the Divine within every cell of our being. The mantra fosters a sense of inner peace, resiliency, and self-sufficiency that is crucial in these polarized times.

The “Ang Sang Waaheguru Meditation” is the 3rd release from Snatam Kaur’s Mantra and Meditation Series. These tracks are purposely designed to help people move beyond the mind into a quiet space and have a deep meditative experience. Snatam provided a workshop on this meditation through her online school of sacred music and yoga, Kirtan and Kundalini, on April 13, 2022.

"Ongkaar Nirankaar" Single release April 15, 2022

"Ongkaar Nirankaar Meditation" Single release April 22, 2022

Ongkaar means the Divine manifestation as the Doer, the knowing and sensing in action on the physical plane, and Nirankaar is the unseen, unknown manifestations of the Divine. The mantra speaks to coming to a place of peace between these dual energies. It is particularly powerful to chant and meditate to Ongkaar Nirankaar when feeling hopeless or defeated, when every effort has been exhausted. 

The “Ongkaar Nirankaar Meditation” is the fourth release from Snatam Kaur’s Mantra and Meditation Series. These tracks are designed to chant along with and feature musically streamlined and supportive arrangements of mantras intended expressly for meditation. Snatam provided a workshop on this meditation through her online school of sacred music and yoga, Kirtan and Kundalini, on April 27, 2022.

Nirankaar Album Credits

Snatam Kaur: Vocals, Harmonium

 

Sukhmani Rayat: Vocals, Backing Vocals, Tabla, Percussion

 

Grecco Buratto: Acoustic Guitar, Nylon String Guitar, Electric Guitar, Backing Vocals, Electric Bass, Charango, Ronroco

 

Ram Dass Khalsa: Backing Vocals, Keyboards, Nylon String Guitar, Programming

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Jap Preet Kaur: Vocals

Sahib-Amar Khalsa: Viola

Graham Patzner: Violin

Shannon Hayden: Cello

Daniel Higuera: Drums

Sarah Carlile: Upright Bass

Alphonso Horne: Trumpet

 

Produced, Engineered, and Mixed by Ram Dass Khalsa

String Arrangements: Grecco Buratto

Additional Recording Engineers: Matthew Dorko, Shannon Hayden, Graham Patzner

Mastered by Piper Payne at Infrasonic Sound

Released by Be Why Music