Jasvir Kr Rababan receives MBE in Queens New Year's Honours

For services to faith, mental wellness through music therapy and reviving traditional Sikh Music globally

Vice President of Raj Academy Conservatoire,
Jasvir Kaur Rababan, receives MBE
in the New Year’s Honours List 2020

The Vice President of the Raj Academy Conservatoire and founder of Kaur Voices, Jasvir Kaur Rababan has been awarded an MBE by Her Majesty the Queen for services to faith, mental wellness through music therapy and reviving traditional Sikh Music globally.

It is a matter of great pride for the global Sikh community to see the world’s first female Rabab player recognised with such a prestigious honour. The Sikh Rabab is a musical instrument created by the First Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak, used to develop the art of inner communication and peace by balancing human emotions. This instrument amongst other Sikh instruments were on the verge of extinction until the establishment of the non-profit, Raj Academy Conservatoire, the world’s leading school of Sikh Music education dedicated to the revival and preservation of Sikh Music Therapy.

Raj Academy Conservatoire was founded in September 1994 by the esteemed Professor Surinder Singh to revive, preserve and promote the lost musical heritage of the Sikhs. The unwavering dedication and hard work of Professor Surinder Singh and the Raj Academy team has allowed this music and its teachings to be revived and reborn once again in the west to share, educate and spread mental wellness through Sikh music therapy.


Jasvir Kaur Rababan is a passionate and dedicated young woman who has become a role model for many through her commitment to serve and support the community. She has ventured most of her professional life into grassroots work with Raj Academy, by sharing the importance of mental health through workshops, panels and public engagement. Throughout the span of nearly two decades, she has garnered extensive experience in the field of music therapy as an academic, throughout which period of time she has helped thousands of individuals across of the world to adopt the practice of music therapy as an alternative coping method to deal with stress.

Jasvir established Kaur Voices in late 2018 with a growing community of more than 800 online members, as a non-profit creating safe spaces that provides heart-centred advocacy to courageous individuals who have endured trauma. Creatively driven, Jasvir also serves as the Executive Producer of a multi award-winning documentary entitled, “Sikh Musical Heritage - The Untold Story”.

A documentary in the making, with aim to bring to light the crucial aspects of history
that have distorted and misshaped the future of Sikh Music.
The Rabab was the cornerstone of this faith yet it is nowhere to be seen,
where did the shadow of Guru Nanak go?
Join us on a quest to seek answers to some very important questions.

No matter what venture she undertakes, Jasvir Kaur Rababan’s primary mission is to awaken people to their greatest potential and show them that personal transformation isn’t only possible, it’s inevitable.

On hearing the news, Jasvir said

“I’m truly humbled by the honour, and it is deeply heart-warming to know that the hard work and dedication of the entire Raj Academy and Kaur Voices team has been recognised with such prestige. I hope that eventually more people will come to learn about the work we do in music therapy and get to experience the benefits to help reduce individual and communal stress across the globe.”


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