Madhuri Barthwal
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Occupation(s)singer, teacher
EmployerAll India Radio
Known forfolk singing

Madhuri Barthwal née Uniyal is a folk singer of Uttarakhand, India. She is the first woman to be a music composer in All India Radio. She is said to be the first female Uttrakhand's musician to become a music teacher. On International Women's Day in 2019 she was awarded the Nari Shakti Puraskar by Ram Nath Kovind.she was awarded the Padma shri India's fourth most noteworthy regular citizen grant in 2022 by the Indian Government in the field of art.


Barthwal's father was a singer and a sitarist.[1] After she graduated she spent several years as a music teacher at a college. In her spare time she was composing for All India Radio in Nazibabad.[2] She became an enthusiastic supporter of the Folk music of Uttarakhand and she created the radio programme "Dharohar" which was dedicated to the region's heritage and it's folk music.[3] She is said to know every musical instrument that has been used in Uttarakhand. She has helped to record the music of other musicians.[1]

As a teacher she has inspired several to become professional musicians amongst the many hundreds that she taught.[3] She has sung with her fellow Garhwali singer Narendra Singh Negi.[2]

Barthwal's work was recognised with the Nari Shakti Puraskar, which was presented by Ram Nath Kovind, the President of India in recognition of the sixty years she had dedicated to music, broadcasting and teaching.[3] The citation noted that she had "devoted her life" to the preservation of music.[4]

The award ceremony was held at the President's palace, Rashtrapati Bhavan, on International Women's Day in 2019 in New Delhi. About forty women received the award that day[2] and three of the awards were given to groups.[5] The Minister of Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi was there and afterwards the awardees met the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Salute to this lady who saved Uttarakhand's folk culture, the folk culture of Devbhoomi". Retrieved 2021-01-12.
  2. ^ a b c Negi, Sunil. "President of India felicitates Dr. Madhuri Barthwal with prestigious "Women Empowerment Award"". NewsViewsNetwork. Retrieved 2021-01-12.
  3. ^ a b c "Dr Madhuri Barthwal's citation". Official Account of the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India. 8 March 2019. Retrieved 11 January 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Dr Madhuri Barthwal". Retrieved 2021-01-12.
  5. ^ Pandit, Ambika (March 8, 2019). "From masons, barbers to creators of forests and sustainable homes, nari shakti takes charge". The Times of India. Retrieved 2021-01-07.
  6. ^ Mohammed, Irfan (2019-03-20). "India president confers Manju with Nari Shakti Puraskar award". Saudigazette. Retrieved 2021-01-09.