Prahlad Singh Tipaniya | Kahat Kabira: Singing Religious Poetry in North India

Performing Arts - Music | April 18 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Prahlad Singh Tipanya, Indian folk singer and performer of Kabir bhajans

 Pranjali Sirasao, Lecturer, Hindi

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies

Join us for an uplifting performance of Kabir bhajans by Padmashri Prahlad Singh Tipanya, one of the most compelling folk voices of Kabir in India today, and his associates.

Prahlad Singh Tipanya is a locally, nationally, and internationally acclaimed folk singer from Lunyakhedi, a small village in Ujjain District, Madhya Pradesh, India. He is renowned for his singing and interpretation of Kabir, the great fifteenth-century Hindi poet, along with other Hindi poets associated with nirgun devotion. Nirgun refers to a God or ultimate reality beyond word and form. Kabir is famous for both his profound mystical insight and his sharp social commentary. His voice is often invoked as inspiring communal harmony and social equality.

In 1997, Tipaniya started Kabir Smarak Seva Shodh Sansthan in his home in the village of Luniyakhedi. This registered trust organizes an annual event, where thousands come to listen to Kabir’s words through bhajans. This organization also runs a primary school and further plans to include a library of Kabir-related writings and a meditation hall.

More information on Prahlad Tipaniya and other artists who sing Kabir’s poetry can also be found at the Kabir Project.

In his current tour of USA he is accompanied by Ashok Tipaniya, Devnarayan Saroliya, Ajay Tipaniya, Vijay Tipaniya, and Dharmendra Tipaniya.

Event made possible with the support of the Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies

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