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Teejan Bai

Teejan Bai belonges to Paridhan adivasi community. She could hardly get two meals a day. As a child, her grandfather’s music fascinated her. But her mother was ashamed because it was not considered good for a girl to sing and dance in that community. She often beat Teejan to stop her from singing. But this only made her more adamant. The wide gap between what she wanted to do and what others expected her to do disturbed her. However, her father supported her. Her first concert, the one most memorable for her was at Chandrakhuri. Later she gave performances all over the world. She was honoured with Padmashri and Sangit Natak Acadamy Award. She is employed in the Bhilai Steel Plant. She has many students. She hopes that they will spread Pandvani to all corners of the world.

Teejan Bai owes her success to God. The other force behind her success. she says was her mother. Teejan’s mother’s resistance only made her more determined to pursue her interest.

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