Pandavani is a traditional narrative singing style from the Indian state of Chhattisgarh. It tells the stories of the Pandavas, the five brothers from the Indian epic Mahabharata. The stories are sung in a local dialect and accompanied by a tambura (a stringed instrument) and a pair of wooden clappers. The main singer, or vidushi, is typically accompanied by a chorus and a harmonium player.
Pandavani is a centuries-old tradition that has been passed down through generations of families. It is typically performed by women and is considered a form of devotional music, as it tells the stories of the Pandavas, who are considered incarnations of Hindu gods.
The performance style of Pandavani is characterized by its emotive and powerful singing, precise rhythms, and deep understanding of the stories and characters of the Mahabharata. The performances can be quite dramatic, with the singer often acting out the characters and scenes as they sing.
Dr Teejan Bai
Recipient of Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, and Padma Shri Awards
Renowned International folk singer and performer for Pandavani
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