Shri Khirod Khakhlari was born in 1926 in Madalgram, Assam. He was trained in the traditional Bodo dance by Yudisthir Hazo- wari and acquired proficiency in playing the Khom drum under the guidance of Sambaru Bodo. He is considered to be one of the most accomplished exponents of Bodo dance and music, and has given numerous performances with his troupe all over the country. To propagate Bodo dance and music, Shri Khakhlari has established the Bathow Afat Kristi Sangha, a cultural organization based in Guwahati. Here, he has trained many artists in the traditional Bodo dance and music. Shri Khirod Khakhlari receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Bodo dance and music.