Sindhi Folk [Lada - Wedding Songs] Singer : Bhagvanti
One name is bound to come during the sindhi marriage
celebrations at least for Indian land this is fact that
no sindhi marriage get completed without pronouncing
name of Kumari Bhagwani Navani as most of the Sindhi
Lada sung during the wedding celebration are sung by
Bhagwanti Navani was born at Nasarpur Sindh- the land
become part of Pakistan after the partition- on
01-02-1940. after shifting to India she started
exploring and expanding the reach of Sindhi folk music
by singing Bhajans, Dohira, Sufi Kalams, Lolies,
Sakhiyoon etc. She was introduced to singing by her
grand mother who was used to sing Bhajans and Sindhi
Her first formal music teaching was cared by Devghar
Music School and Arun Sangeet Vidyala [Nikhil Ghosh].
After wards she joined Indian People Theater
Association, where her musical talent was flourished
under the guidance from Kanu Ghosh & Kanu Ray. This
Bengal connection inspired Bhagwanti to learn more about
"Ravindra Sangeet" from Chitra Barua & Hemant Kumar.
Her voice was so melodious that till today she is
refereed as Sindhi Koel . She gained popularity and
become singer of masses when she started singing Lada
[traditional sindhi marriage songs] and become a well
known name in the house hold of sindhi families.
singer she was part of stage performance of Sindhis for
more than 3000 times at various social, religious and
cultural celebrations of Sindhis in India and abroad.
Her singing career extended for more than 25 years.
In the playback singing for sindhi films her achievement
become more meaningful as after 1963, she sung for
almost all the sindhi films releases, some of these are
Jhoolelal, Ladli, Sindhua Je Kinare, Shal Dhiar Na Jaman,
Hojamalo, Kanwar Ram, Halu Ta Bhaji Haloon, Pardesi
Bhagvanti Navani also acted in many Sindhi Plays,
specially directed by famous writer Director Govind
Malhi, the few prominent plays among these are "Mehman",
"Gustakhi Muaff", "Tuhinjo So Muhinjo" & "Desh Ji Lalkar".
Bhagvanti Navani also appeared on silver screen as the
heroin in the film "Sindhua Je Kinare".
During this span
of 25 years she was felicitated many times with many
awards and trophies for the best singer. The best
composition of her is the religious singing "Sukhmani
Saheb" which is still part of daily life of many sindhi
She died on
22-10-1986 but still her lada are the integral part of
marriage celebration of Sindhis.