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Nandlal Nayak is a folk artist, music composer and a film director. He was music director of national award winner feature film Amu(2005).[1][2][3] He promotes folk music among Indian Youth and rest of the world.[4]

Nandlal Nayak
Nandlal Nayak

Alma materGossner College, Ranchi
OccupationFolk artist, Music Composer, director
Spouse(s)Wendy Jehlen
AwardsCreative Award from the National Endowment for the Arts, USA, 2005.

Senior Performing Artist Fellowship Award from the American Institute of Indian Studies, 2004.

Creative Artist Award form the Japan-US friendship Commission/National Endowment for the arts, 2003.

Award and Citation from the Massachusetts Legislature for contribution to the cultural life of Massachusetts, 1996.

INDROADS award from the Institute for International Education/Ford Foundation, 1996.

Selected Awards for Amu: FIPRESCI Critics Award, January, 2005.

Jury Award, Torino, Italy (Cine Donne Film Festival) October, 2005.

Star Screen Award – Best English Film (India) January. 2006.

National Award, India, Best English Language Film, October, 2005.

Early life and familyEdit

Nandlal Nayak is born in the lineage of traditional folk artist family. He is the son of Padmashri Mukund Nayak. He grew up surrounded by the rhythms, melodies and folklore of Jharkhand. He completed his graduation from Gossner College, Ranchi.[1][2] He is married to an American dancer Wendy Jehlen.[5][6]


As a ford Scholar Nandlal Nayak travelled across globe, not only to spread the fragrance of tribal folk music of Jharkhand to the world, but also to collaborate with the musicians and film-makers from USA, Japan, Ghana, Germany, Italy, Austria, Great Britain etc. Films and music of Nandlal showcases his global exposure, yet grounded in his folk tradition. Nayak has been an ambassador of Jharkhandi music, dance, film and culture for over a decade.[1]

He was music director of national award winner feature film Amu(2005).[2] He was music director of nagpuri film Phulmania which premiered at Jharkhand International Film Festival Awards (JIFFA) 2019 and the 72nd Cannes Film Festival in France.[7][8][9][10] Directed by Nandlal, feature film Dhumkkuria showcases the issue of Human Trafficking of tribal youths from Jharkhand, in the name of domestic help.[11] It won outstanding Achievement Award on Culcutta International Cult film festival(2019).[12]


  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Language Singer Music director director Notes Ref(s)
2000 In the Mood for Love English Percussion
2005 Amu Hindi Yes Film won National Award
2009 Baha Nagpuri Yes [13]
2018 Lohardaga Hindi yes Yes [14]
2019 Phulmania Nagpuri & Hindi Yes [7]
2019 The Last Supper Hindi Yes
2019 Dhumkudia Nagpuri Yes Outstanding Achievement Award on Culcutta International Cult film festival [15][12]


  1. ^ a b c "Beyond borders, for love of art - Son of Jharkhand legend makes it big with blend of traditions". telegraphindia. 24 July 2005. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Nayak in a different role - Folk artiste joins poll fray from Kanke". telegraphindia. 13 November 2009.
  3. ^ "A journey of discovery". thehindu. 8 November 2002.
  4. ^ "Nandlal Nayak". ted. 3 February 2013.
  5. ^ "Hands: Rhythm Project". somervillenews. 28 April 2005. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  6. ^ "Akhra: Kaleidoscopic group of versatile artistes go on 'Safar' across India". indiatoday. 25 November 2002. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Nagpuri movie 'Phulmania' to hit screens on September 6". dailypioneer. 5 September 2019. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  8. ^ "JIFFA 2019 to begin from today". dailypioneer. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  9. ^ "Cannes Film festival: Indian delegation meets President of Film France". Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Nagpuri flick makes it big at Cannes". dailypioneer. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  11. ^ "Indigenous film 'Dhumkkudiya' proves Content is king". dailypioneer. 7 July 2019.
  12. ^ a b "मानव तस्करी पर बनी फिल्म धूमकुडि़या को आउटस्टेंडिंग एचीवमेंट अवार्ड". jagran. 18 September 2019. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  13. ^ "Baha – Nagpuri Feature Film".
  14. ^ "फिल्म लोहरदगा में दिखेगा पूरा झारखंड". livehindustan. 23 May 2018.
  15. ^ "नागपुरी फिल्म " धुमकुड़िया" की स्पेशल स्क्रीनिंग कल, विशेषज्ञ देखेंगे फिल्म". prabhatkhabar. Retrieved 25 August 2019.

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