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Hiralal Yadav (1925/1926 – 12 May 2019)was an Indian folk singer, who was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India in 2019. He was awarded the Yash Bharti Award in 2015.
|1992||Devar Bhabhi Ki Holi||T-Series|
|1993||Ram Bhakt Ghurhu Kisan||T-Series|
|1995||Jhoori Sangram Singh||T-Series|
|1997||Chabda Chatti Peeta||T-Series|
|2001||Gadhavat Swami Sadguru Bhajan||T-Series|
|2014||India: North Indian Folk Music||Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / Auvidis-UNESCO|
At the age of 93, he died on 12 May 2019.PM Narendra Modi paid homage to Hiralal Yadav.
On 14 May 2019, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath met his familyand paid condolence to the family members.
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