15 October 1949
|Known for||Nagpuri folk music|
|Spouse||Smt. 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. He is recipient of the Padma Shri and Sangeet Natak Akademi Award.
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. He completed B.SC from Jamshedpur. He married Dropadi Devi. He has five children including Nandlal, Praduman and twin Chandrakanta and Suryakanta.
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. 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. 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.
|1992||Sona Kar Nagpur||Yes||Nagpuri||Sona Kar Nagpur is first nagpuri film.|