Bhikhudan Gadhvi
Born (1948-09-19) 19 September 1948 (age 75)
Gujarat, India
Occupation(s)Folk singer
Song writer
Known forGujarati folk music
ChildrenOne son
AwardsPadma Shri
Sangeet Natak Akademi Award
Gujarat Gaurav Award
Shri Dula Bhaya Kag Award

Bhikhudan Govindbhai Gadhvi (born 1948) is an Indian folk singer and songwriter, known as a proponent of Dayro, a narrative singing tradition of Gujarat.[1] He is a recipient of the Gujarat Gaurav Award of the Government of Gujarat and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award.[2] The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 2016, for his contributions to folk music.[3]


Bhikhudan Gadhvi was born on 19 September 1948 in Manekvada, a village in Junagadh district of the Indian state of Gujarat.[4][5] He started singing at the age of ten and after completing his secondary school education, he made his debut as a singer at the age of 20.[6] Reading the works of Jhaverchand Meghani and Dula Bhaya Kag early in his life is reported to have inspired Gadhvi to take up song writing and he focused on Dayro tradition, a folk music tradition of Gujarat where the performer sings narrative stories. He has since performed in many countries such as the US, UK and Indonesia and has over 350 audio albums to credit which include popular tracks like Bhadanu Makan and Khandaninu Khamir.[6]

Gadhvi received the Gujarat Gaurav Award of the Government of Gujarat[1] before the Sangeet Natak Akademi awarded him the Akademi Puraskar in 2009.[2] The Government of India included him the Republic Day honors list for the civilian honor of the Padma Shri in 2016.[3] He is also a recipient of the Shri Dula Bhaya Kag Award in 2009.[6][7] He is married to Gajraba and they have a son, Bharatbhai.[8] The family lives in Junagadh in Gujarat.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c "Three from Gujarat among Padma awardees". Indian Express. 25 January 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  2. ^ a b "SNA Awards". Sangeet Natak Akademi. 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 August 2017. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Journey to the Padma Shri". News report. Divya Bhaskar daily. 25 January 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  5. ^ Manoj Shukla (2016). "Folklore Rattan: Bhikhudana Gadhvi". Web article. Gujarati Club. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  6. ^ a b c "Gujarat's Bhikhudan Gadhvi to get Sangeet Natak Akademi award". Desh Gujarat. 16 February 2010. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Bhikhudan Gadhvi to get Dula Kag award 2009". DeshGujarat. 11 October 2009. Retrieved 3 May 2023.
  8. ^ "Anandiben felicitates folksinger Bhikhudan Gadhavi". Times of India. 4 April 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2016.

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