Prahlad Singh Tipaniya
Background information
Also known asPrahladji, Tipaniya Ji
Occupation(s)Singer, politician, social worker
Years active1978[1] – present

Prahlad Singh Tipaniya is an Indian folk singer who performs Kabir bhajans in the Malwi folk style from Madhya Pradesh.[2][3] He performs along with a group of tambura, khartal, manjira, dholak, harmonium, timki, and violin players.

Early life

Prahlad Tipaniya was born in a Malwi Balai Caste family on 7 September 1954 in Luniakhedi, Tarana, Malwa, Madhya Pradesh.[4][5]


Prahlad S Tipanya performing in a function in Indore

Prahlad Singh Tipaniya has visited UK, The United States & Pakistan as well as in India in different 'Yatras' named as "Amerika Me Kabir Yatra" and "Had-Anhad" and his music has been played on All India Radio stations in Indore, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Patna, Lucknow and Kanpur and also featured on Doordarshan. Tipanya has received several awards including Shikhar Samman (2005) by Madhya Pradesh Government, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2007 and the Padma Shri in 2011.[6][7]

He also performed at the annual Sufi music festival, Ruhaniyat and also countless Kabir festivals. He also runs a program named "Sadguru Kabir Shodh Sansthan".

BA in Hindi (1980) & BA in History (1984). Courtesy: Chalo Hamare Desh (Kabir Project)

He is BSc graduate and teacher of mathematics and science in Government School.[8] He has done BA in 1980 & MA (History) from Government Mahavidyalaya Dewas Vikram University Ujjain in 1984.[9][10]

Tipanya has been also part of 3 documentary films made by Shabnam Virmani an Indian documentary film maker under a project called "Ajab Sahar- The Kabir Project".

He joined the Indian National Congress[11] and contesting a member of parliament [Lok Shaba] election in 2019 from Dewas-Shajapur parliamentary constituency in Madhya Pradesh.[12][13][14]


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  2. ^ "Spare Times". The New York Times. 19 March 2009.
  3. ^ "The Hindu : Friday Review Bangalore / Interview : In search of love". Archived from the original on 3 September 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2022.
  4. ^ Bose, Praveen (20 March 2011). "The sufi in our times". Business Standard India.
  5. ^ "The Hindu : Metro Plus Chennai / Profiles : In quest of Kabir". Archived from the original on 18 September 2008. Retrieved 17 January 2022.
  6. ^ [1] Press Information bureau release on Padma Shri awards for the year 2011
  7. ^ "SNA || List of Awardees". Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Folk singer Prahlad Singh Tipaniya takes Kabir's message of peace and harmony far and wide". The Indian Express. 20 February 2019. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  9. ^ Chalo Hamara Des: Journeys with Kabir & Friends (English), retrieved 25 November 2022
  10. ^ "Prahlad Singh Tipanya(Indian National Congress(INC)):Constituency- DEWAS(MADHYA PRADESH) - Affidavit Information of Candidate:". Retrieved 25 November 2022.
  11. ^ "Prahlad Tipaniya, India's First Kabir-Singing Parliamentarian?". News18. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  12. ^ "Folk Singer Takes On Ex-Judge in Madhya Pradesh Lok Sabha seat". Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  13. ^ "Folk singer Prahlad Tipaniya joins Congress". Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  14. ^ Smita (6 April 2019). "Bhopal: From Kabir to Congress, Tipaniya takes on a new art". Freepressjournal : Latest Indian news, Live updates. Retrieved 14 May 2019.