Vidyanand Saraik

Born in 1941 in village Deothimajhgaon, Himachal Pradesh, Shri Vidyanand Saraik was initiated into various folk music traditions of Himachal Pradesh as a child. He has trained rigorously in the Mangalmukhi Sampradaya of the Turi tradition of folk music of Himachal Pradesh. A prolific writer, he has published several books on various folk traditions of Himachal Pradesh like Thoda, Sinhtu, Bhadhaltu, Himachal ki Dev Puja Paddhati and Panjare. He has also translated 51 poems from Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore's Gitanjali, in the Sirmouri dialect. He has penned a children's folk drama, Bhujru re ek Roti; and Samadhan Natak, based on the folktale Jhankho Ajbara Poara. He has documented, curated and released cassettes of folk songs of Sirmour district. Shri Saraik along with a cultural organization, Chudeshwar Lok Nritya Mandal, has participated in various cultural festivals in India and abroad. Shri Sarnaik has been the recipient of several titles and honours from various cultural organizations including the Sirmour Shri conferred by Himotkarsh; and the Lok Nritya Gayan Lok Sahitya Puraskar by the Punjab Kala Sanskriti Akademi, Jalandhar. Shri Vidyanand Saraik receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to the folk music of Himachal Pradesh.