Prahlad Singh Tipanya is one of the most compelling folk voices in India today. Born in a small village in central India, he has earned international acclaim for his captivating music and the profound messages he shares through his performances. In contentious times when views are getting increasingly polarized Prahlad Singh’s voice brings people together to create meaningful dialogue. He specializes in singing and interpreting the verses of the 15th-century poet Kabir, and other Indian mystical saint-poets. Every bhajan (song) Tipanya shares is a deep exploration into devotion (bhakti) and spiritual practice (yoga), all grounded within the realities of everyday life experience. For the last two decades, Tipanya has been at the forefront of a “bhajan revolution” in North India, mobilizing the words of poets and saints to help transform society. For his efforts, Tipanya has been described as “India’s voice of equality,” and has been honored by the Indian government with the prestigious Padma Shri award.
From October 22nd – 24th, 2019, Tipanya and his troupe will be visiting Williamstown. He will give a concert on the 23rd evening at Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, from 7-9pm. The performance will include Tipanya’s deep insights and interpretations of the verses. Additionally, Tipanya and his troupe will also visit MUS 111: Music Cultures of the World to give a presentation.