Born on 10 February 1952 in Village Panjar, Jammu & Kashmir, Shri Khem Raj was introduced to the folk performance idioms of his region by his family where traditional knowledge and skills were transmitted by oral tradition. He imbibed the tradition of Kud dance from his father, Ameer Chand.
Shri Khem Raj is today an established performer and teacher of the folk dances of Jammu & Kashmir. He has presented the folk dances of Jammu & Kashmir in various State as well as national-level festivals like the Simhastha Kumbha Mela, Ujjain, 2016; Adirang Mahotsav, Mumbai, 2014; and Chholiya Mahotsav, Pitthoragarh, Uttarakhand, 2012. He is also a resource person empanelled by the Centre for Cultural Resources and Training, Delhi to conduct national level training workshops and orientation programmes on the folk dances of J&K.
Shri Khem Raj receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to the folk dance of Jammu & Kashmir.