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Lakha Khan

  • * Sangeet Natak Akademi award for his contribution to Rajasthani folk music, Marudhara Foundation (Kolkata) recognition
  • * Performed at the 2011 Edinburgh Folk Music Festival and The Amarrass Desert Music Festival, New Delhi (2011)
  • * Featured artist on ‘Mitha Bol’ (2011, Amarrass Records), nominated for 'Folk Album of the Year' at the Global Indian Music Awards 2012
  • 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.

    "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

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    At Home: Lakha Khan (AMAR 007) CD | mp3

    Single take recordings at home in Raneri, Rajasthan 
    (released December 2012 in India, April 2013 US/Benelux)

    Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee Lakha Khan, from the village of Raneri in Rajasthan’s Jjodhpur district is one of the foremost proponents of the sindhi sarangi, or Indian folk fiddle.

     
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    A living legend, Lakha Khan is not only a virtuoso on the sarangi, he sings fluently in Sindhi, Punjabi, Hindi, Marwari and a variety of dialects, his knowledge and skill spanning the divide between folk and classical music. He confesses "classical always remains in control while we, who have learnt on our own, take liberties. At times we go out of tune but at times we discover something new as well.” 

    Video: Lakha Khan 'at home' (album promo)"

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    Video: Soundcheck with Lakha Khan (IISER Pune, Nov 2013)"

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    Video: Lakha Khan at the WORT 89.9FM Studios, Madison WI (April 2013 US Tour)"

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    Video: Lakha Khan at the Fine Arts Building, Chicago (April 2013 US Tour)"

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    Video: Lakha Khan in Prospect Park Brooklyn, NYC (April 2013 US Tour)"

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    Video: Lakha Khan sings Bulleh Shah's Khedan de Din Chaar (from the October 2011 field recording sessions), available on "At Home: Lakha Khan"

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    Video: Lakha Khan sings Bhanwarji Kalhali (from the May 2012 'At Home: Lakha Khan' sessions). Purchase album

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    Video: Lakha Khan sings Tulsi Kya Karoon (available on Mitha Bol, 2011 Amarrass Records). Purchase album

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    Video: Lakha Khan Raga Sindhu Bhairavi and Raga Bhim Palasi

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    Video: Lakha Khan at the Amarrass Desert Music Festival, November 2011

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