Shri Het Ram Tanwar was born in 1932 at Kunihar in Himachal Pradesh, into a family of traditional musicians. He was initiated into the music of the region by his father Goodu Ram, and he later learnt light music from his uncle Lachhi Ram. He has however principally performed in the indigenous style of the region, excelling in rendering traditional songs. Shri Tanwar’s performances have been highly acclaimed in his home State. He has sung for many years over All India Radio, Shimla, and has besides performed regularly at festivals in Himachal Pradesh. He has now dedicated himself to the preservation and dissemination of the folk music of Himachal Pradesh, and to that end has imparted training to a large number of young people. The North Zone Cultural Centre has produced a documentary film on his life and contribution to the folk music of Himachal Pradesh. Among other honours, Shri Tanwar has received the award of the Himachal Pradesh Academy of Art, Culture and Languages for his work in the field of music. Shri Het Ram Tanwar receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to the folk music of Himachal Pradesh.