Helen Giri Syiem
Born
Meghalaya, India
OccupationMusicologist
Historian
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]

Biography

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

References

  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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