- Sangeet Natak Akademi award for his contribution to Rajasthani folk music, Marudhara Foundation (Kolkata) recognition
- Performed at the 2011 Edinburgh Folk Music Festival, The Amarrass Desert Music Festival (2011 2014), Sensational India Festival at the Peabody Essex Museum (2013), Old and New Dreams Festival, Chicago (2014)
- Featured artist on ‘Mitha Bol’ (2011, Amarrass Records), nominated for 'Folk Album of the Year' at the Global Indian Music Awards 2012
- Two coast-to-coast US tours in 2013 and 2014.
Lakha Khan, 67 is a sarangi player and vocalist, and perhaps the greatest exponent of the sindhi sarangi. He was born in the village of Raneri in Jodhpur district, Rajasthan, India into a family of traditional musicians from the Manganiyar community. He was trained at an early age by his father Tharu Khan and later, by his uncle Mohammad Khan, in rendering the compositions of the Multan school of Manganiyars. His first public performances were in the late 60's and 70's under the guidance of the late Komal Kothari, a highly regarded Indian historian and ethnomusicologist. Today, Lakha Khan is one of the last remaining Manganiyars to have mastered this complex instrument and to carry forward the centuries-old musical tradition of Rajasthani folk and Sufi music. He has performed extensively across Rajasthan and India, and internationally in the U.S. and Europe. In 2011, he performed at the Edinburgh Folk Music Festival and The Amarrass Desert Music Festival.
"In the master's hand, the Sufi-influenced melody he coaxes from it (the sarangi) is transformative" - Michael Sullivan on National Public Radio (NPR) Weekend Edition.
4 Stars for Lakha Khan: Live in Nashville - Songlines#106
"His songbook contains the roots of India's national popular music" - Aaron Cohen, Chicago Tribune
"At Home is a superb set of field recordings" - Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader
"Lakha Khan’s At Home documents the master musician’s art with a series of field recordings." - Edd Hurt, Nashville Scene
Lakha Khan: Live in Nashville (AMAR009) CD | mp3
The album features sindhi sarangi maestro Lakha Khan's Nashville concert from his debut US tour in 2013, and includes renditions of popular folk classics such as Kesariya Balam and Mast Qalandar, Sufi kalaams by the 19th Century poets Ghulam Farid and Bulleh Shah, Kabir bhajans and classical ragas. Lakha Khan (vocals, sarangi) is accompanied by his son Dane Khan (dholak).
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At Home: Lakha Khan (AMAR 007) CD | mp3
Single take recordings at home in Raneri, Rajasthan
Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee Lakha Khan, from the village of Raneri in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur district is one of the foremost proponents of the sindhi sarangi, or Indian folk fiddle.
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The Thar meets the Sahara: A report from the Amarrass Desert Music Festival
We are still recovering from the fabulous performances at last year's Amarrass Desert Music Festival held at Delhi’s Siri Fort Auditorium on November 26 and 27. The festival was a musical journey that spanned the deserts of Rajasthan to Mali in west Africa and brought together the Manganiyars from Rajasthan, with Vieux Farka Toure and Madou Diabate from Mali -- two musical traditions that had never shared a stage before. Over a dozen artists performed over the two days, with the shows culminating in all-star jams both nights.
The evening began with Lakha Khan playing the Sorath on the folk or Sindhi sarangi. Sorath, a raga that belongs to the cold season and is performed in the first quarter of the night, set the mood for the evening and was followed with a devotional song in Raag Bhairavi on Meera, love and longing. Lakha Khan, an acclaimed sarangi musician and craftsman, from village Raneri in district Jodhpur, makes his own sarangis. Perhaps the last of the Manganiyar sindhi sarangi players, he is a magician with the Sarangi. There was pin-drop reverential, even contemplative, silence in the auditorium, as if a magic carpet had transported everyone to the desert dunes of Rajasthan.
Bombino in Agadez, Niger
Omara "Bombino" Moctar, a young Tuareg guitarist and songwriter, was raised during an era of armed struggles for independence and violent suppression by government forces. His electrifying jams capture the spirit of resistance and rebellion while echoing with guitar riffs reminiscent of fellow Africans Tinariwen and Ali Farka Touré not to mention rock and blues icons such as Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker and Jimmy Page. Already a superstar in the Tuareg community, with the release of Agadez on Cumbancha Discovery Bombino's stature as one of Africa's hottest young guitarists has been revealed to the world.
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