Punaram Nishad
Born(1939-11-16)November 16, 1939 Kartik Mas Purnima
Ringni, Durg district, Chhattisgarh, India
DiedNovember 11, 2017(2017-11-11) (aged 77) Falgun Mas Navami
Dr B R Ambedkar Hospital, Raipur Chhattisgarh
Other namesPunaram
OccupationFolk musician
Known forPandavani
SpouseJamuna Nishad
ChildrenRohit Nishad
ParentLaxman Nishad & Budvanti Nishad
Awards1975 - Tamra Padak Award

1975- Chhasttisgarh Kala samman, 2002 - Vilasa Samman,

2005 - Padma Shri

Punaram Nishad, born in Ringni, Dist Durg Chhattisgarh,(16 November 1939 - 11 November 2017) was an Indian folk musician, known for his prowess in the Pandavani, a folk music tradition of Chhattisgarh and the neighbouring states in India.[1][2] Born in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, (then Madhya Pradesh) to a Bhajan singer, he started learning the art from the age of 10 under Jhadu Ram Dewangan, considered by many as the father of Pandvani,[3] and aligned with the Vedamati tradition of Pandavani, which follows a rigid text, and does not permit improvisations.[2]

Nishad has composed 18 stories for Pandavani, of which Udyog Parv is his favourite. He has acted in two plays, Agra Bazaar directed by Habib Tanvir, and a Naya Theatre production, Duryodhan.[2] His performance has been staged during the Beyond the Border Festival Tour at Phoenix Arts Centre, Leicester on 28 June 1995.[4] The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 2005, for his contributions to Indian fork arts.[5] He lives in Ringni village of Durg district in Chhattisgarh and continues to teach Pandavani at his residence, Shanti Niketan Ashram.[2] His son, Rohit Nishad, is a farmer.

See also


  1. ^ "Pandvani 108". Emely Hennessey. 2015. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d "Voice of the Pandavas". The Telegraph. 7 November 2010. Archived from the original on 11 November 2010. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Punaram Nishad (India)". Media Studies A2. 13 September 2010. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Pandavani". London Centre for International Storytelling. 2007. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.