Darshanam Mogilaiah Age, Wife, Family, Biography

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Hometown: Telengana, India

Age: 73 Years

Caste: Madiga

Darshanam Mogilaiah

Other Name Kinnera Mogulaiah
Profession(s) Musician, Singer
Physical Stats
Height (approx.) 5′ 7″ (170 cm)
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Salt and Pepper
Debut Telegu Film Song: Title track of the music album Bheemla Nayak (2022)
Bheemla Nayak film
Award & Honour • Ugadi Puruskaram (2015)
• Padma Shri Award(2022)
Darshanam Mogilaiah receiving Padma Shri
Personal Life
Date of Birth Year, 1951
Age (as of 2024) 73 Years
Birthplace Ausalikunta village, Nagarkurnool district, Telangana, India
Nationality Indian
Hometown Telangana, India
Caste Madiga
Relationships & More
Marital Status Widower
Wife/Spouse Deceased
Children 9
Son- Mahender
Parents Father– Yellaiah

A photo of Darshanam Mogilaiah

Some Lesser Known Facts About Darshanam Mogilaiah

  • Darshanam Mogilaiah belongs to a Dalit family in Telangana along the stretches of Nallamala Hills.
  • At the age of eight, he travelled along with his father and learned to play kinnera.
  • The tradition of playing kinnera came from Darshanam’s ancestors who started playing the instrument 400 years ago at the court of the Raja of Wanaparthy in Hyderabad.
  • Before getting recognition as an artist, he worked as a daily wage labourer for 14 years in Adilabad, Karimnagar, Warangal, and Mumbai.
  • Darshanam reinvented the instrument kinnera by making it a 12 stair instrument with metal strings. Earlier, his forefathers used to make kinnera with eight to nine stairs built with women’s hair, horse-tail, and used animal nerves as strings.
    Darshanam Mogilaiah holding kinnera

    Darshanam Mogilaiah holding kinnera

  • His songs comprise folk tales of local heroes over five decades, heroes who helped the poor such as Pandugolla Sayanna, Endavetla Pakiriah, and Miya Saab.
  • In 2013, his contribution towards keeping his tradition alive was incorporated as a lesson in the textbooks of class eight students of Telangana state as an honour by the Telangana State government.
  • According to sources, of his nine children, three of them died from health issues, three were married and three others were students.
  • He received Rs 1 crore cash from the Telangana government for reinventing the Kinnera instrument.
  • As of 2024, he was in the headlines after his video went viral where he was seen working as a labourer at the construction site in Turkayamjal.
    Darshanam Mogilaiah working on a construction site as a labourer

    Darshanam Mogilaiah working on a construction site as a labourer

  • According to the sources, in 2024, he claimed that one of his sons suffers from seizures due to which he needs more than Rs 7000 a month for his son’s medical expenses and to sustain.
  • According to sources, he had spent Rs 1 crore on his three children’s weddings, building a house in Turkayamjal which had to be stopped as he ran out of funds.
  • According to sources, in 2024, his Rs 10,000 monthly honorarium was stopped and the 600 sq yard allotted in Rangareddy district by the government of Telangana was still pending.

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