Punaram Nishad

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Punaram Nishad
Born16 November 1939 Kartik Mas Purnima
Ringni, Durg district, Chhattisgarh, India
Died11 February 2017 Falgun Mas Navami
Dr B R Ambedkar Hospital, Raipur Chhattisgarh
Other namesPunaram
OccupationFolk musician
Known for Pandavani
Spouse(s)Jamuna Nishad
ChildrenRohit Nishad
Parent(s)Laxman Nishad & Budvanti Nishad
Awards1975 - Tamra Padak Award

1975- Chhasttisgarh Kala samman, 2002 - Vilasa Samman,

2005 - Padma Shri



Punaram Nishad, born in Ringni, Dist Durg Chhattisgarh, is an Indian folk musician, known for his prowess in the Pandavani, a folk music tradition of Chhattisgarh and the neighbouring states in India. [1] [2] Born in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, (then Madhya Pradesh) to a Bhajan singer, he started learning the art from the age of 10 under Jhadu Ram Dewangan, considered by many as the father of Pandvani, [3] and aligned with the Vedamati tradition of Pandavani, which follows a rigid text, and does not permit improvisations. [2]

Nishad has composed 18 stories for Pandavani, of which Udyog Parv is his favourite. He has acted in two plays, Agra Bazaar directed by Habib Tanvir, and a Naya Theatre production, Duryodhan. [2] His performance has been staged during the Beyond the Border Festival Tour at Phoenix Arts Centre, Leicester on 28 June 1995. [4] The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 2005, for his contributions to Indian fork arts. [5] He lives in Ringni village of Durg district in Chhattisgarh and continues to teach Pandavani at his residence, Shanti Niketan Ashram. [2] His son, Rohit Nishad, is a farmer.

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