Mohan SIngh Khangura



Born on 1 October 1949 in Latala village in Ludhiana district of Punjab, Shri Mohan Singh Khangurawas trained in Hindustani vocal music by D.T. Joshi of the Agra gharana, and in the Esraj by Ashesh Bandyo padhyay of the Bishnupur gharana. He travelled to Santinikeran to learn from these masters. He has also received training there in Dhrupad from Nimai Chandra Baral of the Dagar gharana.
Shri Khangura was attracted to Rabindrasangeet as a student at Santiniketan, and stood in rapture of it s marvellous musical structure and sensitive application of ragas. He had the good fortune to be in close touch with noted exponents of Rabindrasangeet such as Santidev Ghosh, Kanika Bandyopadhyay, and Nilima Sen. He eventually changed course in his music, and started performing Rabindrasangeet.
Over the years, he has attained distinction as a Rabindrasangeet singer. He holds fast to the original conception of Tagore's music at a time when its conventions are challenged by the popular music of the day. His chaste style is an apt vehicle for songs of great depth and beauty. Formerly an adjunct professor of Rabindrasangeet, Shri Khangura is at present Professor in the Department of Classical Music, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan . He has made a contribution to the presentation and propagation of Rabindrasangeet through his academic work, his music, and his teaching.
Shri Khangura has received several honours for his work in music. These include the Role Model Award presented by the President of India; the Award of the Punjabi Akademi, Delhi; the West Bengal State Akademi Award; and a felicitation from the Missouri-Columbia University in the United States (2001).
Shri Mohan Singh Khangura receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Rabindrasangeet .