Lakha Khan (Rajasthan, India) is a living legend and the undisputed master of the sindhi sarangi. His music resonates with a broad audience (both Western and the Indian-Pakistani diaspora). A national treasure, LakhKhan is a Sangeet Natak Akademi award winner for his contribution to Rajasthani folk music, 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 and Multani folk and Sufi music. He has performed at the Edinburgh Folk Music Festival, The Amarrass Desert Music Festival, Sensational India Festival at the Peabody Essex Museum, Old and New Dreams Festival Chicago and many more. He will be accompanied by his masterful son, Dane Khan on the dholak folk drum for the tour and US performances.
Lakha Khan: sarangi / vocal
Dane Khan: dholak drum