Folk singer and Padma Shri award winner Diwaliben Bhil passed away today in Junagadh., Gujarat.
Diwaliben Bhil had given her voice to various Gujarati folk songs, film songs and Garba (Gujarati folk dance).
She was born in tribal family in Gir jungle and was married at the age of 9. She came to Junagadh at the age of 20
Once when she was signing Garba in Vanzari chowk area of Junagadh when Akashwani team was present there. Her song was recorded by Shri Hemu Gadhvi there itself. Next day she was invited to sing in Akashwani. Diwaliben recorded her first song, ‘Ful utarya fulwadi ae re lol’.
When she went to perform at Dayro programme in Mumbai, she was offered to sing film song by Kalyanji Anandji.
*Union Government had honoured her with Padma Shri award in 1991.