Allah Jilai Bai
Allah Jilai Bai on a 2003 stamp of India
Allah Jilai Bai on a 2003 stamp of India
Background information
Born(1902-02-01)February 1, 1902
Bikaner, British India
DiedNovember 3, 1992(1992-11-03) (aged 90)

Allah Jilai Bai (1 February 1902[1] – 3 November 1992)[1] was a folk singer from Rajasthan, India.[1]

Born in Bikaner to a family of singers,[1] by the age of 10 she was singing in the Durbar of Maharaja Ganga Singh.[1] She took singing lessons from Ustad Hussain Baksh Khan and later on from Achhan Maharaj.[1] In spite of her position and popularity she was firmly rooted and a humble artist.

She was well versed in Maand, Thumri, Khayal and Dadra.[1] Perhaps her best-known piece is Kesaria Balam.[1] In 1982, the Indian Government awarded her the Padma Shri in Arts field,[2][1] one of the highest civilian awards. She has been also awarded by Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1988 for Folk Music :bilong to pithrasar


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Allah Jilai Bai". Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  2. ^ Padma Shri Awardees.