Allah Jilai Bai
Allah Jilai Bai on a 2003 Indian stamp
Allah Jilai Bai on a 2003 Indian stamp
Background information
Born(1902-02-01)1 February 1902
Jaisingh Desar Magra, Bikaner, Bikaner State, British India
Died3 November 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] At one time she sung in the court of Ganga Singh, the Maharajah of Bikaner.[2]

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,[3][1] one of the highest civilian awards. She was also given the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1988 for Folk Music, and was posthumously awarded the Rajasthan Ratna in 2012.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Allah Jilai Bai". Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Govt names seven for Rajasthan Ratna award". The Times of India. 31 March 2012. Retrieved 12 January 2023.
  3. ^ Padma Shri Awardees.