Malini Awasthi
Background information
Born (1967-02-11) 11 February 1967 (age 57)
Kannauj, Uttar Pradesh, India
OriginLucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
GenresIndian folk music
Occupation(s)Folk Singer
Years active31 years

Malini Awasthi (born 11 February 1967) is an Indian folk singer.[1][2] She sings in Bhojpuri, Awadhi and Hindi, She also presents Thumri and Kajri.[3] The Government of India awarded her the civilian honour of the Padma Shri in 2016.[4] She is known for her contribution in Bhojpuri music.

Early life

Malini Awasthi was born in Kannauj, Uttar Pradesh. She is a post graduate as well as a gold medalist in Hindustani classical music from Bhatkhande University, Lucknow.[5][6] Also, she achieved a gold medal in Modern History with specialization in Medieval and modern Indian architecture, University of Lucknow. She is a Ganda bandh student of Legendary Hindustani Classical Singer, Padma Vibhushan Vidushi Girija Devi of Banaras Gharana. She is married to senior IAS officer Awanish Kumar Awasthi (UP:1987) who retired as Principal Secretary to Government of Uttar Pradesh. They have a son Adwitiya and a daughter Ananya.[7]


Malini Awasthi is a regular performer at popular classical music festival, Jahan-e-Khusrau.[8] She has a high pitch voice and is popular for rendition of Thumari, Thaare Raho Baanke Shyam.

She judged the Bhojpuri - Musical Reality Show "Sur Sangram" .

She participated on TV for NDTV Imagine's Junoon. She was appointed as the brand ambassador by Election Commission for UP Elections 2012 and 2014.[9]

She sang the song "Sunder Susheel" in the 2015 film Dum Laga Ke Haisha which had music by Anu Malik.

Academic honors and Fellowships

Cultural Performances




The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Padma Shri Award to Smt Malini Awasthi, at a Civil Investiture Ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on March 28, 2016


See also


  1. ^ "Malini Awasthi mesmerises audience". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 1 July 2012.=
  2. ^ "It's the villages where folk music is disappearing faster". The Times Of India. 19 September 2011.
  3. ^ "Body Text Thumri, Kajri mark final day of music festival". The Times of India. 11 September 2011. Archived from the original on 27 September 2012.
  4. ^ "Padma Awards 2016". Press Information Bureau, Government of India. 2016. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  5. ^ Mohita Tewari (3 November 2020). "Malini Awasthi to collect gold medal from Lucknow University after 33 yrs | Lucknow News – Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  6. ^ "Low at Bhatkhande". The Times of India. 9 September 2009. Archived from the original on 7 July 2012.
  7. ^ "Malini Awasthi slow interview". Gaon Connection.
  8. ^ Tripathi, Shailaja (25 February 2010). "Hues of Hori". The Hindu. Chennai, India.
  9. ^ "Election Commission 'sveeps' polls in first phase". The Times Of India. 9 February 2012.
  10. ^ "Teaching staff". Banaras Hindu University. Archived from the original on 22 February 2020.
  11. ^ "High Commission of India, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago : Events/Photo Gallery".
  12. ^ "Malini Awasthi Enthrals The Audience". Mauritius Times. 21 December 2015.
  13. ^ "Maharana Mewar Foundation 37th Annual Awards Distribution Ceremony – 2019 Manek Chowk, The City Palace, Udaipur on 10th March 2019".
  14. ^ "Berlin calling for Malini Awasthi". The New Indian Express.
  15. ^ "Mystical moment – please switch off your iPhone".
  16. ^ "Sonal Mansingh, Malini Awasthi Amongst the 2018 Akademi Awardees – SheThePeople TV".
  17. ^ "IAS की बीवी ने भोजपुरी को दी पहचान, मिला पद्म श्री अवॉर्ड". Dainik Bhaskar. 28 March 2016.
  18. ^ "Yash Bharti to 13 personalities". 17 January 2006.
  19. ^ "Sangeet Natak Akademi awards for 2018 announced". Business Standard. Retrieved 28 February 2024.