Pukhraj Gaud

Born in Pipar city, Rajasthan, in a family of traditional artistes, Shri Pukhraj Gaud trained in khyal with Bhanwarlalji a noted performer. He is now known as one of the most popular actors in the Kuchamani style of khyal. Shri Pukhraj Gaud took to acting professionally while still very young and in the course of a career has endeared himself to large audiences in Rajasthan. Excelling in the role of the jester, he has also performed to high acclaim elsewhere in the country. His performances have been extensively documented by theatre scholars and directors. For his eminence in theatre and his contribution to its enrichment Shri Pukhraj Gaud receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for khyal theatre.