Chiranji Lal



Born in 1947 in Nawalgarh Tehsil, Rajasthan, Shri Chiranjilal Tanwar received his early training in Maand singing from his father Late Shri Hanuman Singh Tanwar. Quite early in his life, he moved to Mumbai, where he gained knowledge of music from the famed music director, Shri Madan Prakash. He enhanced his expertise and knowledge in music under the guidance of Shri Mohanlal in various forms of music like Thumri, Dadra, Ghazal and Bhajan. Shri Tanwar contributed as a member in various expert committees formed by the Government of India and the State Government of Rajasthan for providing guidance and expertise in the promotion of art and culture of the region. Shri Chiranjilal Tanwar trained many disciples in the traditional Maand singing in the guru-shishya parampara. He also had to his credit many volumes of cassettes and CDs on Maand singing. Shri Tanwar had been honoured with several awards from prestigious cultural organizations including the Allah Jillai Bai Award from the Allah Jillai Bai Maand Institution, the Sangeet Ratnakar Award from the Uma Lehri Musical Trust, the Gunijan Award, the Maharaja Ishwariya Singh Award, and the Dagar Gharana Award. Shri Chiranjilal Tanwar was to receive in person the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to the folk music of Rajasthan. To our deep regret, he passed away on 7 December 2017. The award is bestowed on him posthumously.