AMRIT KAUR LOHIA
Born into a Sikh family in Tottenham, Amrit Kaur is a singer-songwriter, Sarangi player and vocalist in genres of Punjabi folk, R&B and soul. She also plays the Mbira (Zimbabwe) and Dilruba. Based in London, she tours internationally as a performer, educator and social entrepreneur. Amrit has composed music for BBC television series and theatre productions. Praised for her live ability by the legendary record producer Rick Rubin, her notable performances include Glastonbury Festival 2017, MTV, TEDx, Somerset House Summer Series, Jaipur Literature Festival (India), Googleplex (California), UN General Assembly for Unicef (Town Hall Theatre, NYC), Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe (NYC), Royal Festival Hall, Polish Jazz Festival, UC Berkeley, Princeton University and Columbia University.
As a beneficiary of grassroots youth organisations herself, Amrit has become an experienced youth worker, mentoring youth offenders, children in foster care and refugee children. She has worked on personal development and leadership programmes as a coach, mentor and operations director in state schools, private schools and universities in the UK, USA, India and China.
Amrit 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 trained as a theatre director at the Young Vic Theatre. She has taken on the role as writer, producer, director and music director for various productions in recent years and has collaborated with theatre companies across the UK.
Amrit graduated with distinction in MA History, specialising in South Asia, from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (SOAS). 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.