Born in 1920 in the village of Kama, Rajasthan, Shri Giriraj Prasad was trained in the Hathras style of Nautanki by Shri Giriraj Prasad Parashar and Pandit Natharam Gaud. He joined Pandit Natharam Gaud’s Nautanki group at 16, and has been a professional singer-actor ever since. Trained in both classical and folk music, Shri Giriraj Prasad is known especially as a stage singer. He was associated with Shri E. Alkazi in a 1972 Nautanki-based production of the National School of Drama. Among other honours, Shri Giriraj Prasad received the Fellowship of the Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Akademi in 1983 and the Tulsi Samman from the Government of Madhya Pra- desh in 1984. Shri Giriraj Prasad receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Nautanki.