Pandvani Folk Singer|Teejan Bai

Teejan Bai (born 24 April 1956) is an exponent of Pandavani, a traditional performing art form, from Chhattisgarh, in which she enacts tales from the Mahabharata, with musical accompaniments.
Awards -PadmaBhushan 2003
PadmaShri 1988
SangeetNatakAkademi Award 1995

Teejan Bai- Early life

Teejan Bai was born in Ganiyari town, 14 kilometers (8.7 mi) north of Bhilai, to Chunuk Lal Pardhi and his better half Sukhwati. She has a place with the Pardhi Scheduled Tribe of Chhattisgarh state. The eldest among her five kin she heard her maternal granddad, Brijlal Pradhi, present the Mahabharata composed by Chhattisgarhi essayist, Sabal Sinh Chauhan in Chhattisgarhi Hindi and quickly favored it. She soon remembered a lot of it, and later prepared casually under Umed Singh Deshmukh.

Career –

At age 13, she gave her first open execution in a neighboring town, Chandrakhuri (Durg) for Rs 10., singing in the Kapalik shaili (style) of ‘Pandavani’, a first time for a lady, as generally ladies used to sing in the Vedamati, the sitting style. In opposition to the convention, Teejan Bai performed standing singing so anyone can hear in her run of the mill guttral voice and unmistakable verve, entering what was till at that point, a male bastion.

Inside a brief span, she wound up plainly known in neighboring towns and solicitations poured to perform at uncommon events and celebrations.

Her enormous break came, when Habib Tanvir, a theater identity from Madhya Pradesh, saw her ability, and she was called to perform for at that point Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi. In time she got national and worldwide acknowledgment, a Padma Shri in 1988, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1995, and Padma Bhushan in 2003.

Starting in the 1980s, she voyaged everywhere throughout the world as a social minister, to nations to the extent England, France, Switzerland, Germany, Turkey, Tunisia, Malta, Cyprus, Romania and Mauritius. She performed groupings from the Mahabharata in Shyam Benegal’s acclaimed Doordarshan TV arrangement Bharat Ek Khoj in view of Jawaharlal Nehru’s book.

Today she keeps on exciting crowds, the world over with her interesting people singing and her intense voice; and pass on her singing to the more youthful era.

Performance Style –

Pandavani, truly implies stories of Pandavas, the incredible siblings in Mahabharat, and includes establishing and singing with instrumental backup an ektara or a tambura in one hand and infrequently a kartal in another. Strangely, as the execution advances, the tambura turns into her exclusive prop amid her exhibitions, once in a while she utilizes it to exemplify a gada, mace of Arjun, or now and again his bow or chariot, while others it turns into the hair of ruler Draupadi, enabling her to play different character without any difficulty and candour. Her acclaimed exhibitions are of, Draupadi cheerharan, Dushasana Vadh and Mahabharat Yudh, amongst Bhishma and Arjun.


Chhattisgarh came into existence as a state on 1 November 2000 by partitioning 16 south-eastern districts of undivided Madhya Pradesh. It shares its border with six states, namely Odisha in the east, Jharkhand in the north-east, Madhya Pradesh in the north-west, Uttar Pradesh in the north, Maharashtra in the west and Andhra Pradesh in the south. The state is endowed with a rich cultural heritage that includes its varied crafts, folk dance, food and theatre, and attractive natural diversity. It is also home to some of India’s ancient caves, finest waterfalls, picturesque palaces, temples, Buddhist sites, rock paintings, hill plateaus and rare wildlife. While the northern and southern parts of the state are hilly, the central part is fertile plain. Mountains, plateaus and plains constitute roughly a third each of the state’s physiography. Major rivers of the state include Mahanadi, Indravati, Godavari, Narmada, Hasdo, Shivnath and Arpa. Identified as one of the richest biodiversity habitats in the country, Chhattisgarh has one of the densest forests in India, rich wildlife, several species of exotic flora and fauna and abundant non-timber forest products, with tremendous potential for value addition. Following its formation as a state, the nine original districts were further bifurcated, and as a result, the state now has 27 district administrative units. In the last phase of reorganization of districts, nine new districts were created and notified on 26 January 2012 to bring administration and governance closer to people, and also to address the spatial and other challenges that the state faces. There are a variety of tourist places in Chhattisgarh most of which lie virtually unexplored. The unspoilt green forests, dotted with picturesque waterfalls, scenic plateaus and winding rivers offer a feast to eyes. The caves and forts of a forgotten era add to the variety of tourist attractions in Chhattisgarh. Myriads of wild lives hide in the forests of Chhattisgarh, which occupy a huge 42% of the state’s land surface. Last but not the least important to mention is the lure of exotic tribal life of Chhattisgarh that acts as a magnet to attract tourist to the city of Chhattisgarh. *Copyright of Pictures and Information in this page might belong to someone else as all the data in this page are taken from different sources.

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