Pandavani is a folk singing style involving narration of tales from the ancient Indian epic Mahabharata. The singing also involves musical accompaniment. 'Bhima', the second of the Pandava is the hero of the story in this style.This form of folk theatre is popular in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh .
Ritu Verma is among the most popular contemporary Pandavani singers.Without formal education, Ritu Verma knows all the 18 Granths of Mahabharat. She claimed that she started learning Mahabharat right from the age of 6 years. And have visited and presented her programmes in over 20 foreign countries.
Teejan Bai is an exponent of Pandavani, a traditional performing art form, from Chhattisgarh, in which she enacts tales from the Mahabharata, with musical accompaniments.She has been awarded the Padma Shri in 1988, and Padma Bhushan in 2003 by Government of India, besides 1995 Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1995, given by Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy of Music, Dance & Drama.
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