Sharda Sinha- Bihar Kokila, who made Bihar proud on every platform possible, who made our chhaths special, who made Bihari Folk popular and respectable both. With a different voice texture she left her imprint in Bollywood too. With her unique style sense and that bindi she made everyone her fan.A lady on which not only Bihar but whole country is proud. She gave a new meaning to folk. For her contribution in music industry, she has been felicitated by Padma Bhushan ( Third highest Civilian Award) on 26 January 2018 for her outstanding contribution in the field of Folk music.
Sharda Sinha born on October 9, 1952 at Samastipur district of Bihar. She is a popular folk singer of Bihar and known as “BIHAR KOKILA” famous for chhath geet and bhojpuri songs. She was born in Hulas, Raghopur, Supaul district in Mithila region of Bihar. She is the most celebrated and renowned singer of Bihar who sings in Maithili, Bhojpuri, and Magahi languages.
Dr Sharda Sinha started her musical journey with learning indian classical music by the late Pt. Raghu Jha, an eminent Khayal singer of Panchgachiya Gharana. Her further training came from late Pt. Sitaram Hari Dandekar and Panna Devi, a Thumri and Dadra virtuoso and a contemporary of Begum Akhtar. Sharda Sinha started her career by singing Maithili folk songs. She sings Maithili, Bhojpuri and Magahi songs.
Sharda Sinha is an excellent artist of Akashvani and Head of the Department of Music, Women’s College, Samastipur (L.N.M.U.Darbhanga ) Bihar. Due to prodigious vogue and purity of her songs sung in chhath puja, she is considered as metonym of Chhath festival in Bihar.
Few of the blockbuster hits in Bollywood includes songs of Maine Pyar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, and in Bhojpuri films – Mayee, BolBam, Dagabaaz balma, Suhagan Bana Da Sajna Hamaar and Deswa have enchanted countless people in India and Abroad.
Recently she rendered her voice in Anurag kashyap’s epic movie Gangs of wasseypur-2, Nitin Chandra’s Once Upon A Time In Bihar and a Bollywood Hindi Feature Film Chaarfutiya Chhokare based on Child Labour & Child Trafficking directed by Manish Harishankar.
Achievements of Sharda Sinha :–
Varsh ka sarvottam kalakar – (H M V) 1979,
Lok kala shree – 1983
Gold disc – 1986,
Bihar Gaurav – 1987,
Double platinum disc- 1988,
Bihar Ratna – 1988
Bhojpuri Ratna – (Paschim bang Bhojpuri parishad)1988
Lok ratna – 1990
Padmashree (Govt. of India)- 1991
Kabir samman – 1992
Bhojpuri ratna- (lucknow) – 1993
Sangeet gaurav – 1993
Bhikhari thakur samman – 1996
Mithila vibhuti samman – 1996
Ambedkar cultural award – 1997
Sarvochchya Nargik Samman – 1997
Sangeet Natak Akademi Award – (Govt.of India)2000
Bhartendu harishchandra samman – 2002
Netaji subhash Chandra samman – 2003
Rashtriya Devi Ahilya Samman – (Govt. of M.P) 2006
Bihar kalakar samman (Govt. of Bihar) – 2008
Bhojpuri ki Lata Mangeshkar Samman – 2009
And in 2018 last but not the least Padma Bhushan.
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