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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, The Amarrass Desert Music Festival (2011, 2014), Sensational India Festival at the Peabody Essex Museum (2013), Old and New Dreams Festival, Chicago (2014), two European tours in 2016/17 to Denmark, Sweden and Belgium 
  • Featured artist on ‘Mitha Bol’ (2011, Amarrass Records), nominated for 'Folk Album of the Year' at the Global Indian Music Awards 2012
  • Three coast-to-coast US tours in 2013, 2014 and 2017 including sold out concerts in New York City (Elebash Hall), Pittsburgh, and performances at Indiana University, Bloomington, American University, Washington D.C., University of Iowa, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and more.

Lakha Khan, A living legend and the undisputed master of the sindhi sarangi - 68 year old Lakha Khan is a national treasure, and a National award winner for his contribution to Rajasthani folk music, and perhaps the greatest exponent of the 27 string sindhi sarangi. 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 in rendering the compositions of the Multan school of Manganiyars.

His first public performances were in the late 60's and 70's in India, and under the guidance of the late ethnomusicologist Komal Kothari, toured Europe, UK, Russia and Japan through the 90's. He resumed international touring in 2013 with Amarrass organizing his first US tour, and has since been back to the States twice, and toured Europe in 2016 and 2017. 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 and Multani folk and Sufi music.

His music is truly secular and straddles both the classical and folk domains, with a vast songbook that incorporates Meera bhajans, Sufi kalaams, popular Hindi tunes, and the ancient stories and oral histories of the region, spanning the western Indian sub-continent. He sings in over six languages including Hindi, Marwari, Sindhi, Punjabi and Multani. Bestowed with a powerful and melodious voice that perfectly compliments his instrument, Lakha Khan's music transcends boundaries and invokes a spiritual oneness in the listener. He is accompanied by his son Dane Khan on the dholak - the double headed Indian folk drum.

   "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

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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 
(released December 2012 in India, April 2013 US/Benelux)

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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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 'Live in Nashville' (album promo)"

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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 (on 'At Home: Lakha Khan'). Buy album

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Video: Lakha Khan sings Bhanwarji Kalhali (on 'At Home: Lakha Khan'). Buy album

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

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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