Pritam Bhartwan is a folk singer from Uttarakhand, India. In 2019, he was conferred the Padma Shri honour by the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, for his contribution to the field of traditional folk art.
Bhartwan was born in a village in Raipur, Uttarakhand. He began performing folk songs at the age of 13, along with his uncle. His songs follows the Jagar tradition of music.
Since 2011, he has been a guest lecturer at the University of Illinois. He has recorded over 1,000 folk songs. In 2019, he was honoured with the Padma Shri award by the President of India.
Jagar is a sacred vocal tradition generally sung to please the goddess or god or some time to worship nature in the form of humans and ancestors. Bhartwan belongs to the sect of the special folk singer locally called as Jagariya.
The folk music of Uttarakhand refers to the traditional and contemporary songs of Kumaon and Garhwal regions in the foothills of Himalayas. This music has its root in the lap of nature and the hilly terrain of the region.
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Jagar is a ritualized form of worshipping 33 koti Devi Devta which is practiced in the hills of Uttarakhand, both in Kumaon and Garhwal. As a ritual, Jagar is a way in which gods and local deities are woken from their dormant stage and asked for favors or remedies. The ritual is connected to the idea of divine justice and is practiced to seek penance for a crime or to seek justice from the gods for some injustice. The word Jagar comes from the Sanskrit root, Jaga, meaning "to wake".
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