Musicologist and Historian
Dr Helen Giri, a musicologist and historian, known for her efforts in promoting Khasi music tradition. She is a recipent of the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 2008, for her contributions to Khasi music. A former faculty at the North Eastern Hill University, she is a member of the executive council of the Sangeet Natak Akademi. Her love for the 'Khun ki Hajar of the Bri U Hynniew trep' is reflected in her efforts to restore the traditional Khasi musical instrument. She has also assisted in the establishment of 35 traditional music institutes and has organized music festivals, besides working for the rehabilitation of physically challenged children.