Devbhoomi Uttarakhand is very famous for its nature as well as culture, folklore, and folk songs.
Singers of Uttarakhand started singing folk music using instruments like Dhol Damau, Turri, Ranasingha, Dholki, Daur, Thali, Bhankora, Mashkbaja, Tabla, and Harmonium from decades and the recording of folk songs started in the 1960s.
Bedu Pako Baro Masa, written by Brijendra Lal Shah and sung by Gopal Babu Goswami, is the first folk song of Uttarakhand that got international fame and became available on online radio.
Nowadays Uttarakhandi folk songs have been transformed and a lot of common Indian & global musical instruments are used in songs like Guitar, Violin, Piano, etc.
Mohan Upreti, Gopal Babu Goswami, Jhusia Damai, Kabootri Devi, Chander Singh Rahi, Narendra Singh Negi, Pappu Karki, and Chander Singh were some of the singers who contributed a lot to making their Uttarakhandi folk songs accessible to more and more people by recording their audio songs and video songs.
Diversity of languages is seen in every hill district and villages of Uttarakhand, in which Kumaoni, Garhwali, and Jaunsari are very common. Due to such linguistic diversity, the popularity of folk songs does not decrease at all and people like to listen to them very much.
Nowadays some Uttarakhandi singers are becoming very famous and promoting their culture through folk songs.
Top 10 Folk Singers Of Uttarakhand
1- Meena Rana
Garhwali and Kumaoni singer Meena Rana is known for songs Palya Gaun Ka Mohana (Mohana), Au Bulanu Yo Pahara, and Ham Uttarakhandi Chha.
She has also won Young Uttarakhand Cine Award for these songs and nowadays she is releasing some of her new albums.
2- Narendra Singh Negi
Born on 12 August 1949 in Pauri, Uttarakhand, India, flock singer Narendra Singh Negi is still very active in singing and has sung more than 100 songs so far, in which Kab Aeli, Mangal, Basanti, Chhopati, and Uttarakhand Devbhoomi are very popular.
3- Pritam Bhartwan
Honored with the Padma Shri award Singer Pritam Bhartwan has been singing Uttarakhand flock songs since the age of 13 and has recorded more than 1,000 folk songs.
4- Basanti Bisht
Jagar folk singer Basanti Bisht, born in 1953 in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand, has been awarded the Padma Shri award in the year 2017 for her significant contribution to Jaagar folk songs.
5- Madhuri Barthwal
Nari Shakti Puraskar and Padma Shri awardee flock singer Madhuri Barthwal is the first woman from Uttarakhand to compose music in Akashvani. She is also the first singer from Uttarakhand who became a music teaser in school.
Madhuri has sung many popular flock songs with Narendra Singh Negi.
6- Reshma Shah
Reshma Shah is a melodious flock singer from Uttarakhand and shows the folk culture of Uttarakhand to the world through songs on her official YouTube channel.
Some of her popular songs are Le Bhooji Jala Le Chooda, Mahasu Devta, Baman Mama, Mono Matiye, and Bachnu Mama.
7- Kishan Mahipal
Born on 1 January 1979 in Indradhara village Badrinath, Uttarakhand, Kishan Mahipal is known for his albums O.. Re.. Sangli, Ho.. Jiya, Ai…Jaanu… Re, Surima, Semanya Bauji, Jai Nanda Nandula, and Ghughti 2.
He has a great contribution to making the folk culture of Uttarakhand accessible to the people.
8- Kalpana Chauhan
Famous for hit flock songs like Pahado Ka Thanda Paani, He Bamami Jag, and Gori Mukhdi Sajili, Kalpana Chauhan is also known as Swara Kokila for her melodious voice.
Kalpana has also sung Uttarakhandi flock songs in foreign countries.
9- Rohit Chauhan
Rohit Chauhan is the son of Kalpana Chauhan and has achieved great success in Uttarakhandi flock singing following his mother’s footsteps.
Tera Nakhra, Patwari, Ghagri ku Gheru, Chori Chandra, Laspa Bugyal, and Dhan Singh Ki Gaadi are some of his popular songs.
10- Jitendra Tomkyal
Jitendra Tomkyal is very famous for his Uttarakhand flock songs all over India as well as abroad.
Born on 1 February 1987 in Munsiyari, Pithoragarh, Jitendra is known for Pahari songs like Dhury Ki Ghsyari, Hath Pereli Ghadi La, Rang Neeralo Teri Maya Ko, Goru Bakra Palulo, O Rangili Dhana and many more.
Q. In which language folk songs are sung in Uttarakhand?
A. Folk songs are sung in Kumauni, Garhwali, and Jaunsari languages in Uttarakhand.
Q. Which is the most popular flock song of Uttarakhand?
A. Bedu Pako Baro Masa written by Brijendra Lal Shah and sung by Gopal Babu Goswami is the most popular flock song of Uttarakhand.