Jhumur

Jhumur is intrinsic to the lifestyle of communities living in Western part of Bengal as well as Jharkhand and parts of Odisha. Jhumur songs are about the joys and sorrows and vignettes of daily life. They convey the joy, festive spirit and grievance to God on life’s tribulations

Jhumur Artists

Mukti Nath Mahato

Born in Raidih village of Purulia, his tryst with folk music, and specifically Jhumur, began at the age of seven, under the tutelage of grandfather Jugal Kishore Mahato and uncle Sripati Mahato. Muktinath excelled in education also and completed his graduation with honours in Geography. Soon after, he came under the wings of Salabat Mahato, a Jhumur maestro. Resolving to dedicate his life to Jhumur, Muktinath gave up a government job to pursue music. He is one of the best Jhumur exponents today and performs across the country.

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Arpita Chakraborty

Born in Bankura, Arpita has followed her father & legendary Jhumur singer Subhash Chakraborty’s footsteps and inherited a musician’s discipline from him. She earned her M-Muse (Masters in Music) in Folk music from Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata and went on to do Ph.D on Jhumur traditions of Bengal.

Sunil Pal

Sunil Pal of Ranibandh in Bankura is a popular Jhumur artist who started learning music from a very young age. He went on to train under two legendary singers — Salabat Mahato and Dhirendranath Sardar. Sunil has performed not only across West Bengal but also in cities like Lucknow, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Dehradun, Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Bhubaneswar. He also teaches the rich tradition of Jhumur to young artists.

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Mousumi Mukherjee

Mousumi Mukherjee is a Jhumur singer performing since the late-1990s, Trained under eminent Jhumur exponent Mihirlal Singh Deo, her songs are part of two albums — Bankura and Lal Matir Jhumur. She has performed across West Bengal and in New Delhi.