Mand or Maand is also a popular style of singing in Rajasthan. This is neither accepted as a full-fledged Raga nor is it reckoned among the freely rendered folk songs. It is quiet similar to the Thumri or the Ghazal.
Maand singers contribute a lot to the classical music of India with their Rajasthani folklore.
It is the Rajasthan’s most sophisticated style of folk music and is most exclusive contribution to the classical music of India.
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)& last but not the least Gavari Bai(Also Known as Gavri Devi) from Jodhpur (awarded by Sangeet Natak Akademi Award-1975-76 & 1986 in Folk Music).
The famous Rajasthani song Kesariya Balam is in the Mand style. ‘Ab To Hai Tumse Har Khushi Apni’ song of Abhimaan movie is one of the famous hindi song in Maand style.
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