Bibi Jaswant Kaur


Bibi Jaswant Kaur is the
only known surviving student of Bhai Taba Ji, the legendary Rababi Kirtaniya,
who with Bhai Chand, was one of the eminent Kirtaniyas at Sri Harmandir
Sahib before 1947. Bhai Taba Ji will always be remebered for the tremendous
service he rendered to the Sikh Panth by working with Gyani Gian Singh
Ji ABbotabad and Gyani Dyal Singh Ji to document numerous ancient Gurmat
Sangeet compositions.

As a young woman in Amritsar,
Bibi Jaswant Kaur Ji studied Gurmat Sangeet with Bhai Taba Ji for sixteen
years. She represents the Rababi Tradition, which has almost completely
died after the partition of India and the migration of most of the Rababis
to Pakistan, where their art has withered and died.

Bibi Ji was kind enough
to record a few compositions taught to her by Bhai Taba Ji. Tabla accompaniment
was provided by Bhai Kavinder Singh, a student of Gyani Dyal Singh Ji.

Bibi Jaswant Kaur Ji was
also kind enough to give me a tape of her recordings. These recordings
were made several years ago; the recording quality is indifferent, but
the recordings are priceless. They are an invaluable resource for students
of Gurmat Sangeet, who wish to revive compositions from the Rababi tradition.
Several of these compositions are documented in Gyan Singh Ji Abbotababd's


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