Mand (singing style)

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Mand or Maand (Hindi: मांड गायकी) is the famous style of singing in Rajasthan. It is well recognized in classical circles and this style is very important in folk songs of Rajasthan. This is neither accepted as a full-fledged Raga nor is it reckoned among the freely rendered folk songs. It is very near the Thumri or the Ghazal.

It is the exclusive contribution of Rajasthani folklore to the classical music of India. It is the Rajasthan’s most sophisticated style of folk music and is most exclusive contribution to the classical music of India.[citation needed]

Some famous Mand singers are: Allah Jilai Bai from Bikaner (awarded by Padma Shri-1982 and Sangeet Natak Akademi Award-1988 in Folk Music), Mangi Bai arya from Udaipur (awarded by Sangeet Natak Akademi Award-2008 in Folk Music), and Gavari Bai (Also Known as Gavri Devi) from Jodhpur (awarded by Sangeet Natak Akademi Award-1975-76 and 1986 in Folk Music).

The famous Rajasthani song Kesariya Balam is in the Mand style.


Gavri Devi also awarded for Rajasthan Ratan 2013