Pandvani Folk Singer
Pandvani is a folk singing style including the story of tales from the ancient Indian epic Mahabharata. The singing also requires musical context. Bhima, the second of the Pandava is the hero of the story in this style. This form of folk theater is popular in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh. Pandvani, really means stories or songs of the Pandavas, the legendary brothers of Mahabharat, and involves the lead singer, performing and singing an episode (called ‘praying’) from the epic with an ektara or a tambura (stringed musical instrument), decorated with small bells and peacock feathers in one hand and sometimes smart as on another.
Pandvani Folk Singer:-
Teejan Bai (born 24 April 1956) is an exponent of Pandvani, 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, kapalik style of Pandwani performer from Ganiyari Village of Durg district, has added immensely in spreading this dance form in India and outside. She has been showered with honors including the Ahilya Devi Samman and the prestigious Padmashree in 1988, Shreshtha Kala Acharya in 1994 and the prestigious Sangeet Natak Academy award in 1996 to name a few. In 2002 Guru Ghasidas University, Bilaspur declared the award of D.Litt honor for Teejan Bai.