Women Performers of Pandvani: Nishad Sisters

Women Performers of Pandvani: Nishad Sisters

in Video
Published on: 17 June 2019

Kumari and Chameli Nishaad. Aklordeeh, Durg, Chhattisgarh

Kumari and Chameli Nishaad are sisters who have devoted their life to the Pandvani. Despite hardships, they have tenaciously held on to the form and kept it alive. Chameli Nishaad is one of the few women banjo artists. As women artists and as a sister duo, the Nishaad sisters are one of a kind.

Chhattisgarh, 2019

Pandvani literally means singing and enacting the stories and songs of the Pandavas. The Pandvani singer sings and enacts an episode from the Mahabharata (with variations).


This content has been created as part of a project commissioned by the Directorate of Culture and Archaeology, Government of Chhattisgarh, to document the cultural and natural heritage of the state of Chhattisgarh.