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Padma Shri for 5 Persons from Rajasthan

  • 31 Jan 2024
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Recently, President Droupadi Murmu has approved the conferment of four Padma Shri awards to five persons from Rajasthan.

Key Points

  • The awardees included:
    • One award is being awarded to two folk singers, Ali Mohammed and Ghani Mohammed. The duo, known as the Ghani Brothers, have been selected for excellence in folk singing.
    • The others include 93-year-old Dhrupad player Laxman Bhatt Tailang. The veteran has authored several books on Indian classical music and has taught his genre of music to hundreds of students throughout his life.
    • Maya Tandon, another recipient from the state, works in the field of road safety and has trained over 1 lakh persons to help in the rescue of injured victims of road accidents.
    • 81-year-old Janki Lal Bhand, has kept Bahurupiya art alive and has performed it in more than 10 countries. Behrupiya (‘multi-faceted’) is the art of dressing up as and essaying various characters.


  • The word ‘behrupiya’ is a derivative of the Sanskrit word bahu (many) and roop (form).
  • Behrupiya are impersonators, mostly known to perform in villages and markets all over India.
  • They put on various costumes to play figures from mythology, folklore and traditional stories.
  • National Behrupiya Festival was organised by the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) from 5th-8th October 2018.
  • IGNCA is an autonomous institution under the Ministry of Culture.
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