Born in 1962 in Shafipur, Punjab, Shri Hans Raj Hans trained in the music of Punjab under Ustad Puran Shah Koti for several years. He has develop- ed an individual style of rendition, which has gained him wide popularity not only in Punjab but in many countries abroad. Shri Hans Raj is especially known as an exponent of the Sufi tradition in Punjabi folk song, and has worked in that direction with well-known musicians such as Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. He has issued more than fifteen albums of Sufi music, his repertoire taking in songs by Baba Farid, Bulle Shah, Shah Hussain, and Waris Shah. His powerful voice and inimitable style make him one of the most sought-after singers of Punjabi music today. Shri Hans Raj Hans receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to the folk music of Punjab.