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AWTAR & The Khalsa Family are dedicated to honoring and celebrating the victorious life of Sardarni Sahiba Harikrishan Kaur Khalsa, a noble woman of divine beauty and uncompromising grace who committed her life to freedom. Born in St. Andrew’s/Kingston Jamaica, Harikrishan Kaur and her family moved to New York in 1966. At a young age Harikrishan Kaur came to the realization that her soul was born to be free. Her Ivy League education served as an initiation into the civil rights movement. Her time at Cornell University also opened the door to an exploration of her spiritual freedom through the technology of Kundalini Yoga and the path of Sikh Dharma. With 40 years of unwavering devotion to the teachings of the Siri Singh Sahib, Yogi Bhajan, she embodied a caliber of excellence that earned her the unique distinction of prevailing as wife and mother to the only African-American Khalsa family in the world. Harikrishan Kaur brought grace and compassion to some of the earth’s most forgotten places and people, devoting her career to healing and advocating for prisoners and youth in detention and rehabilitation. She served as a Sikh Minister and devoted mother to many of the children of the Dharma, who still affectionately refer to her as “Mataji”. It is our prayer that Harikrishan Kaur’s legacy of unwavering grace, dignity, beauty, and spiritual sovereignty live on forever through the music and sewa of AWTAR & The Khalsa Family, and through all the children she loved and nurtured.