Khuman Lal Saav

Born on 5 September 1930 in village Khursi Tikul, district Rajnandgaon of Chhattisgarh, Shri Khuman Lal Sao imbibed the folk music of Chhattisgarh from the famous Nacha artist, Shri Dau Dular Singh. Since his childhood, he has performed with various local Nacha troupes as a Harmonium artist. He formed his Music Orchestra troupe, Khuman & Party in 1949 and started composing and presenting the folk songs of Chhattisgarh which include songs from Nacha, Gammat, Dadariya, Karma, Baans Geet, etc.
Shri Khuman Lal Sao joined the acclaimed cultural troupe, Chandeni Gonda, as a music director in 1970. The major composition of this troupe is known by the name of the troupe itself, Chandeni Gonda, as it comprises an amalgamation of various folk and traditional forms of Chhattisgarh including local festival songs and rituals all musically composed by him. The troupe, to its credit, has presented more than 5000 shows in the last 45 years in Chhattisgarh and other States of the country. Shri Sao has given music to the poems of Chhattisgarhi poets, and many music CDs and records have been issued by him using innumerable Hindi songs.
For his continued efforts to promote and disseminate the folk music of Chhattisgarh amidst the younger generation, he has been felicitated by various institutions.
Shri Khuman Lal Sao receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to the folk music of Chhattisgarh.