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  • Graduate Kashmir University, 1977
  • M.Mus (Vocal) Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad, 1975
  • M.A. (Vocal) Punjab University Chandigarh, 1985


Gifted with a melodious voice, Kailash Mehra began her initial training in classical music at the age of 10 from Pandit Swaroop Nath Saproo in Devki Arya Putri Pathshalla (Arya Samaj School) Srinagar. This was followed by further training in classical music from Pandit Shamboo Nath Sopori known as the father of music of “Sufiana Gharana” in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. She was trained in techniques and voice modulation in singing light vocal music by Santoor Maestro, Padamshree Pandit Bhajan Sopori.


Kailash received her Master’s in Music (Vocal) from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad in 1975 and also obtained M.A. (Vocal) from Punjab University, Chandigarh, 10 years later in 1985.


She became an instructor of music in Academy of Art Culture and languages, J&K State in 1978 and retired as Professor of Music (Head of the Department) at Government M.A.M. (PG) College, Jammu in June, 2016.


She acted as the convener of “Board of Studies” in Indian Music University of Jammu, Jammu.


Member of North zone Cultural centre (An Autonomus body under the Ministry of Culture, Govt. India.


Kailash has acted as nominated member of Advisory Board of Radio Kashmir and J&K Academy of Art, Culture & Languages and is a member of many NGO’s like Sabzaar, Sanskar and Posh.


She has been placed in the highest category of TV and radio artists by All India Radio and Doordarshan.


  • Performed on the invitation of various overseas cultural groups at USA (New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Houston, Washington DC, Florida (Miami), California, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Denver, Detroit, Seattle, North Carolina, ) in 2003 , 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2016.

  • Performed at Toronto (Canada) in 2003 and 2012.

  • Performed at Australia (Melbourne, Sydney) in March 2012.

  • Perfomed at the Lotus feet of Bhagwaan Sri Satya Sai Baba, Puttaparthi in 2010.

  • Performed in the 4th and 7th festival of Music organized by K.O.A. of Europe at London, 1985 and 2002.

  • Performed in Music festival Organized by ICCR Govt. of India, New Delhi, at Dhaka (Bangladesh), 2000.

  • Performed in Festival of India at Dubai, 1999.

  • Performed in 3rd National Festival of Folk Music and Dance at Jaipur, 1996.

  • Performed in National Integration Camp of Community Singing at Pune in 1985.

  • At National level Delhi, Mumbai, Patna, Luchnow, Kolkata, Chennai, Trivandrum, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Rajasthan, Jallandhar and Himachal Pradesh since 1975 till date.

Entertained the masses in different languages such as Kashmiri, Dorgi, Gojri, Pahari, Punjabi, Urdu, Sanskrit, Persian, Tamil. Telegu, Kannad, Bangla besides Hindi.


  • Prestigious State Award in Performing Arts-2010.

  • Best Teacher, Master Karam Chand Award – 2008.

  • Prestigious Sharda Samaan - 2009.

  • Laleshwari Award-2007.

  • Malika-e-Ghazal award by Jammu Samaj Vikas Sanstha -1993.

  • Mehoob Awami the Fankara award by Sadiq Memorial Committee of J&K - 1981.

  • Best Singer of the Show songs by Govt. Exhibition Committee J&K State - 1976.

  • Awarded Sher-e- Kashmir Sheikh Mohd. Abdullah prestigious Award 2012 by SaMaPa

  • Recognized for Life Time Achievement and contribution to Kashmir Culture and Music by California Senate, Congress of United States.

(House of Representatives)
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June 25, 2012

  • Proclaimed the day of June Thirtieth to be, “Kailash Mehra Sadhu Day by Acting Council President of the City of Fresno, California 2012.

  • Recognized for Life Time Achievements by Sharika Foundation, Canada 2012.

  • KOA of USA and Canada honour for dedication to community services for contribution towards preserving Kashmiri Art and Music and  for valuable contribution towards Folk Music and  its promotion” - 2003 and 2006

  • Awarded by All India Radio Srinagar, Kashmir (Ustad Mohmad Tibat-Ullah-Bakal Award) 2013.

  • Honoured by Bakshi Memorial  Committee for services rendered in Enriching the variegated Cultural Tradition of J&K State – 1987 and 2011.

  • Honoured by Radio Kashmir Srinagar on its Golden Jubilee celebration Award - 1998.

  • Honoured by Dogri Sansthan, Jammu  - 1996.

  • Extra ordinary contribution in the field of Music award by All India Kashmiri Samiti - 1991.

  • Awarded Certificate of Distinction for outstanding professional and community contribution through International Society during 20th Century by  The World who’s Who of Women American Biographical Institute - 2000

  • Honoured with the induction in the IX Edition of International Who’s Who Professional Business Women by the American Biographical Institute - 2003.

The Cassettes and CDs of Kailash’s Song are highly popular. She has lent her melodious voice to Kashmiri Film “BAB” which was awarded National and Nargis Dutt Award. Playback singing in television Movie “Arani Maal” for Doordarshan, Srinagar. She has also recorded numerous songs for TV Serials and operas such as Vitasta, Himala ke Chashme, Piya Baj Pyala, Lalla ded, Mahan, Behte Sairab, Heemal Nagraj, Saye Devdar ke, Champa and Kurbani.


Kailash’s performances have received raving media attention as is evident from the enclosed newspaper experts.


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