Mukund Nayak
Nayak receiving the Padma Shri Award at a Civil Investiture Ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on 30 March 2017
Mukund Nayak

(1949-10-15) 15 October 1949 (age 74)
Bokba, Simdega, Bihar (now Jharkhand), India
EducationB.Sc, Jamshedpur
  • Industrial Chemist (till 1979)
  • Folk Singer
  • Songwriter
  • Dancer
  • Actor
Years active1974–present
Known forNagpuri folk music
SpouseSmt. Dropadi Devi.

Mukund Nayak (born 15 October 1949), is an Indian artist. He is a folk singer, songwriter and dancer. Nayak is an exponent of Nagpuri folk dance Jhumar.[1][2] He is recipient of the Padma Shri and Sangeet Natak Akademi Award.[3][4][5][6][7]

Early life and family

He was born in Bokba village of Simdega district, Bihar (now Jharkhand) in 1949. He belongs to a family of a Ghasi community, who are traditionally musicians.[8][2] He completed B.SC from Jamshedpur.[9] He married Dropadi Devi. He has five children including Nandlal, Praduman and twin Chandrakanta and Suryakanta.[10]


With aim to preserve traditional folk arts, Mukund Nayak had started performing songs in public places with other cultural activist like Bharat Nayak, Bhavya Nayak, Praful Kumar Rai, Lal Ranvijay Nath Shahdeo and Kshitij Kumar. In 1974, he joined Akashvani as performer. His first performance at larger audience was at Jaganathpur Mela in Ranchi. In 1979, he left the job of an industrial chemist and joined the Song and Drama Division of Bihar Government. It gave him the opportunities to work in radio and television. With government patronage, he traveled abroad to perform in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Philippines and United States.[10] In 1980, when regional and tribal language department formed in Ranchi University, he became associated with the University. In 1981, he came in contact with Dr Carol Merry Baby researcher on Karam music of South Bihar and got a chance to work with her. In 1988, his troupe performed at the third "Hong Kong International Dance festival" of The Hong Kong Institute for the Promotion of Chinese Culture. In 1985, he established an organisation "Kunjban" to promote Nagpuri culture. Kunjban promotes Nagpuri culture, especially Nagpuri Jhumar.[1] He also worked in many nagpuri films. His first nagpuri film was Sona Kar Nagpur produced and directed by Dhananjay Nath Tiwary produced in 1992 and released in 1994.[10]


Year Film Actor Music composer Singer Language Notes
1992 Sona Kar Nagpur Yes Nagpuri Sona Kar Nagpur is first nagpuri film.[11]
2009 Baha Yes Nagpuri [12]
2019 Phulmania Yes Nagpuri [13]
2022 Karma Dharma Yes Nagpuri [14]

Awards and honors


  1. ^ a b Dashboard (7 June 2014). "Out of the Dark". democraticworld.
  2. ^ a b "Song of India". 25 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Padma Shri duo, take a bow". telegraphindia. 26 January 2017.
  4. ^ a b Pioneer, The (26 January 2017). "Balbir Dutt, Mukund Nayak bag Padma Shri".
  5. ^ "Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards: President Ram Nath Kovind Honours 42 Artistes". indiatoday. 6 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards: President Kovind Honours the Achievers". new18. 6 February 2019.
  7. ^ a b c "Padmashree Mukund Nayak gets Sangeet Natak Academy award". timesofindia. 7 February 2019. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  8. ^ "Mukund Nayak - Ranchi. - Lens Eye, Neither tomorrow nor today, it's now". 20 May 2012.
  9. ^ Manish Ranjan (2022). JHARKHAND GENERAL KNOWLEDGE 2021. Prabhat Prakashan. ISBN 9789354883002.
  10. ^ a b c CM Babiracki (2017). "Two Generations in the Fault Lines of India ' s Musical Modernities". p. 26-35. Retrieved 19 November 2022.
  11. ^ " | The public website of Jharkhand State". Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  12. ^ "Baha – Nagpuri Feature Film".
  13. ^ "Nagpuri flick makes it big at Cannes". dailypioneer. 6 July 2019. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  14. ^ "Nagpuri film "Karma Dharma" released, conspiracy to flop digitally". crazybollywood. 25 July 2022. Retrieved 20 September 2022.
  15. ^ "Mukund Nayak - Ranchi. - Lens Eye, Neither tomorrow nor today, it's now". 20 May 2012.