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In the Indian music set up, it is not just certain instruments which are considered to be a male bastion but also Folk singing. But some of the Female Folk Singers of India managed to carve a niche within the male predominant field since folk singing includes rigorous oratory skills and also wandering to several places in certain cases.


Here is the list of Female Folk Singers of India:


Ila Arun- Rajasthani Singer

A popular actress and TV personality, Ira Arun is known to have a powerful voice which is suitable for folk singing. This Rajasthani Folk Singer has made appearances in few TV shows and got acknowledged for it. Her popular songs include Choli ke piche kya hai?, Morni Baga ma bole with Lata Mangeshkar.


Malini Awasthi- Awadhi Female Folk Singer

She sings not only in Hindi, but also in Awadhi, Buldenkhandi, and Bhojpuri. A popular A Grade artist of All India Radio, Malini has travelled to international destinations for delivering performances. She has been awarded th Padma Shri in 2016.


Lopamudra Mitra

She is a Kolkata based Rabindra Sangeet singer who is primarily known for her Bengali Folk renditions. She has won several awards for her incomparable contribution. She has long list of discography which include modern songs, Tagore songs and other basic albums.


Sharda Sinha

Hailing from the Mithila region of Bihar, Sharda Sinha is famous for her version of Chhath Puja songs. She has been a regular performer during various festivities. Also, she has been awarded the Padma Bhushan on the eve of Republic Day, 2018.


Kalpana Patowary- Bhojpuri

Originally from Assam, Kalpana Patowary is known as a renowned Bhojpuri folk singer. Learning Assamese folk music from her father, Kalpana has come a long way. She has lent her voice to several Bollywood songs as a solo or duet artist. She has performed in the Latin American countries on the invitation of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs.


Parvathy Baul- Baul Female Folk Singer

She was born as Mousumi Parial and is renowned as a musician, story teller and Bengali Baul singer who is currently settled in Thiruvananthpuram, Kerala. She has been trained under Baul gurus like Sanatan Das Baul, Shashanko Goshai Baul from Bengal. Since she started performing not only in India but also in international platforms.


Basanti Devi Bisht

She is a well known singer from Uttarakhand and is majorly known for being the only woman singer of the Jagar folk form of Uttarakhand. Her professional singing life bgan pretty late. She was awarded the Padma Shri in 2017.


Dipali Borthakur- Assamese

Known as the ‘Nightingle of Assam’, Dipali entered the Assamese folk music field at a raw age of 9. She has had received the fourth highest civilian award Padma Shri in the year 1998. Her singing got hindered because of a severe motor neuron disease which got her into a wheelchair.


Vishaka Hari

She is known as a proponent of Harikatha or as a story teller of Kathakalakshepam. She is a chartered accountant by profession. Under the guidance of Padma Vibhushan Sri Lalgudi Jayaram. But she learnt the art of Harikatha from her husband, Sri Hariji. She has had received several awards including the Dr. M.S. Subbulakshmi Cenetary Award.


Kollangudi Karuppayee

Considered as the pioneer of Tamil Folk music, Kollangudi started her career as a performer on All India Radio about thirty years before she made entry into films. Her personal life has been quite tragic because of which she became mentally weak. She is a recipient of the prestigious Kalaimamani award for her contribution.


Mamta Chandrakar

Referred to as the ‘Nightingle of Chattisgarh’’, Mamta is a Padma Shri awarded female folk singer from Chattisgarh. She pursued her post graduation degree in music from the Indira Kala Sangeet Vishwavidyalaya. She has also been awarded the Chattisgarh Ratna in 2013.


Rajnigandha Shekhawat- Rajasthani

Known for her Sufi-rock, Bollywood, vintage, folk and classics, Rajnigandha Shekhawat has sung in over 400 concerts across the globe. Her masup of the song Cheap Thrills with Rajasthani Ghoomar became viral immediately after its release. She is classically trained from Bhatkhande University and has also won Rajasthan Sangeet Ratna.


Sheetal Sathe- Maharashtrian Female Singer

Not just a folk singer, Sheetal is also a Dalit Rights activist from Pune. She rose to prominence in Maharashtra through the troupe Kabir Kala Manch in 2000. In May 2011, Sheetal and the member of Kabir Kala Manch had to be underground because it was cracked down  by the Anti-Terrorism Squad for promoting Maoist or Naxalite ideologies.


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