Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee and nationally-renowned Lakha Khan has made immense contributions to Rajasthani folk music, and is perhaps the greatest exponent of the Sindhi sarangi. Born into a family of traditional musicians from the Manganiyar community in Jodhpur, he trained in the Multan school of the Manganiyars.
He began performing in the late 60s and 70s, and under the guidance of the late ethnomusicologist Komal Kothari, toured Europe, the UK, Russia and Japan through the early 90s. His concerts have taken him to the US, Belgium, Denmark and Sweden. His music is truly secular and straddles both classical and folk domains, and incorporates bhajans, kalaams, popular Hindi tunes, and ancient folklore of the western Indian sub-continent. He sings in over six languages including Hindi, Marwari, Sindhi, Punjabi and Multani. Gifted with a powerful voice, Lakha Khan’s music transcends boundaries. He is accompanied by his son, Dane Khan, on the dholak – the double headed Indian folk drum.
At Mahindra Kabira Festival, Lakha Khan will be presenting a repertoire of Kabir bhajans, Meera bhajans and Sufi kalaams from both classical and folk domains.