Born in Tottenham, raised in Edmonton (London, UK) Amrit Kaur is a singer-songwriter, Sarangi player and vocalist in genres of Punjabi folk, jazz and soul. She also plays the Mbira (Zimbabwe) and Dilruba. Based in London, she tours internationally as a performer, composer and workshop facilitator. Amrit is an experienced youth worker, mentoring youth offenders and children in foster care. She is the founder/director of ‘humanised.org’, a social enterprise dedicated to humanising history and social issues through the Arts. With workshops taking place across the UK, USA, Canada and India, Humanised was awarded the UnLtd ‘Do it Award’ in 2016 and featured in the seventh Global Entrepreneurship Summit. As well as this, she is an ambassador for several charities and is currently a Global Youth Ambassador for ‘A World at School’. Amrit has also trained as a theatre director at the Young Vic Theatre and recently graduated with a Distinction in MA History, specialising in South Asia, from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Here, she also received her Certificate in Teaching World Music. Amrit is a Sarangi student of Shri Surjeet Singh, senior student of Sarangi maestro Pandit Ram Narayan. Her notable performances include Glastonbury Festival 2017, Jaipur Literature Festival (India), Googleplex (California), UN General Assembly 2015 for Unicef (The Town Hall, New York), Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe (NYC), Royal Festival Hall, TEDxSOAS, Casa De La India (Spain), Embassy of India (Washington D.C.), Ashoka University (India), UC Berkeley, Princeton University and Columbia University.
In a new episode of her ‘Better Angels’ podcast, Theirworld President Sarah Brown talks to young activists who are part of the Millennials generation. Global Youth Ambassador Amrit features alongside Nikesh Shukla (Editor of The Good Immigrant anthology), Marc Adelman and Benedict Joson (Global Citizen).
Amrit has put together a ‘Music Beyond Borders’ playlist for The Guardian with commentary.
On September 22nd 2017, Amrit was awarded for ‘Achievement in Arts & Culture’ at the 17th Asian Achievers Awards at Grosvenor House Hotel.
A special performance at the exhibition opening on 21st March 2017.
Amrit Kaur Lohia, Musician and MA History (SOAS, University of London) will be presenting her paper: ‘The Martial Race Theory & The Self-Identification of Sikh Soldiers in World War One’ with a special performance at this year’s ‘Punjab Research Group’ Conference at the University of Oxford alongside leading scholars from around the world.