Mangi Bai



Born in 1935 in the village of Vanine in Chittor district of Rajasthan, Shrimati Mangi Bai Kamad belongs to the Kamad community whose primary social obligation and profession has been to offer ritual songs and dance in devotion to Baba Ramdeo. The dance of Teratali is a part of this heritage and Shrimati Mangi Bai is one of its finest exponents. She learnt the dance and associated devo- tional songs — bhajan, vanie, helie, etc. — from Shri Goram- dasji, her husband’s elder brother. Shrimati Mangi Bai has made a notable contribution to the preservation and propagation of Teratali. She has performed extensively in the towns and villages of Rajasthan; she has also travelled elsewhere in the country and abroad. Shrimati Mangi Bai has trained a large number of girls in Teratali, ensuring the survival of an art which was once threatened due to restrictions imposed on women. Widely known and respected in Rajasthan, Shrimati Mangi Bai has been mentioned for her work in all publications relating to folk performances of Rajasthan. She has been closely asso- ciated with the research and documentation of folk arts carried out at Rupayan Sansthan, Borunda. Shrimati Mangi Bai receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for her contribution to the folk dance and music of Rajasthan as a Teratali artiste.