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Musafir Ram Bhardwaj
Born1930 (age 92–93)
Himachal Pradesh, India
GenresIndian folk
Instrument(s)Paun Mata

Musafir Ram Bhardwaj is a Paun Mata musical instrument player from Himachal Pradesh, India. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2014.


He was born in 1930 to Deewana Ram at Sunchai village, Bharmour area in Chamba district, Himachal Pradesh, India. He had no formal education. He learned playing Pauna Mata from his father at the age of 13, and has played ever since. He performed at 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. He is also an agriculturist and tailor. Bhardwaj has four sons and two daughters.[1]

Paun mata

Paun mata is a traditional music instrument made of copper drum and lamb's skin. The Bhardwaj family play the instrument, and they have been invited to social and religious ceremonies in Himachal Pradesh to play the instrument.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d Phull, Rajiv K. (1 February 2014). "Lifetime Achievement Award: Musafir Ram Bhardwaj". Divya Himachal. Archived from the original on 9 February 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Padma Awards Announced". Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 25 January 2014. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014.