Komal Kothari was an Indian folk artist and classical singer.[1][2]


Kothari's research resulted in his development of the study of a number of areas of folklore. In particular, he made contributions to the study of musical instruments, oral traditions and puppetry.[3]

He was also a patron of Langa and Manganiyar folk music, the latter of which translates to 'beggars' and is currently used as a debasing term for Merasi.[4][citation needed] He was the first to record them and helped shem out of their traditional regions.[5] To this end, he also founded the magazine 'Prerna'.

Kothari founded the Rupayan Sansthan with Vijaydan Detha at Borunda village in Rajasthan, an institute that documents Rajasthani folk-lore, arts and music, and spent most of his career at the Rajasthan Sangeet Natak Academy. He died from cancer in April 2004.

Awards and honours

Padma Shri

Padma Bhushan

Rajasthan Ratna award 2012


A 1979 documentary film on his ethnomusicology work, and another titled Komal Da, on his life and works, are now archived at Columbia University Libraries.[3]


Further reading

See also


  1. ^ 2000 Prince Claus Award Accessed 1 June 2006
  2. ^ "Komal Kothari – The Folk Musician". Press Information Bureau Government of India. 22 April 2004.
  3. ^ a b Remembering Komal Korthari Columbia University, Accessed 1 June 2006
  4. ^ Stephen Huyler, 25 September 2016
  5. ^ The magical music of Manganiyars goes global Good news India, Accessed 1 June 2006