Born on 7 March 1936 in Benaras, Shri Hira Lal Yadav learned the Birha music of the
region from the folk singer Raman Das.
Performing initially in traditional settings, he has presented his music in later years in programmes in various cities. With the expansion of the media, he has also been able to propagate the folk music of Uttar Pradesh over All India Radio and Doordarshan. His music has been recorded and issued under popular labels, and has ardent admirers throughout the region.
Shri Yadav has been honoured by several institutions for his work in the field of traditional music. Among these is the Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Akademi Award.
Shri Hira Lal Yadav receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Tagore Award for his contribution to the Birha folk music of Uttar Pradesh