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

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 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".

He is BSc graduate and teacher of mathematics and science in Government School.[8]

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[9] and contesting a member of parliament [Lok Shaba] election in 2019 from Dewas-Shajapur parliamentary constituency in Madhya Pradesh.[10][11][12]


  1. ^ Biography Kabir Project website
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  6. ^ [3] 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. ^ "Prahlad Tipaniya, India's First Kabir-Singing Parliamentarian?". News18. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Folk Singer Takes On Ex-Judge in Madhya Pradesh Lok Sabha seat". Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  11. ^ "Folk singer Prahlad Tipaniya joins Congress". Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  12. ^ 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.