Helen Giri Syiem
Meghalaya, India
Known forKhasi music
AwardsPadma Shri

Helen Giri Syiem is an Indian musicologist and historian, known for her efforts in promoting Khasi music tradition.[1] A former member of faculty at the North Eastern Hill University, she is a member of the executive council of the Sangeet Natak Akademi.[2]


She is known to have contributed in the restoration of traditional Khasi musical instruments and has instituted a scholarship fund at the Martin Luther Christian University, Shillong for the promotion of Khasi music.[3]

She assisted in the establishment of 35 traditional music institutes and has organized music festivals, besides working for the rehabilitation of physically challenged children.[1]

Her book, Khasi Under British Rule, 1824-1947, is a historical narrative of Khasi life during the pre-independence period.[4]

The Government of India awarded her the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri in 2008, for her contributions to Khasi music.[5]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Preserver of Khasi melodies - Helen Giri earns kudos". The Telegraph. 29 January 2008. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Traditional musicians perform ahead of Scorpions gig". One India. 7 December 2007. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Dr Helen Giri Scholarship Fund". Martin Luther Christian University. 2016. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  4. ^ Helen Giri (1990). The Khasis Under British Rule (1824-1947). Akashi Book Depot. p. 207. ISBN 9788186030677.
  5. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 3 January 2016.

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