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
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.
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.