by Miriam Rossius
The veteran master of the 27-stringed sindhi sarangi. There is an aura of dedication and inner peace around Lakha Khan. The 70-year old belongs to the Manganiyar community, an ancient musical caste from Rajasthan in the north of India.
Since he was twelve he has absorbed and embraced a repertoire, that straddles both the classical and folk domains. And there is probably no one else who can master it on the complex instrument with so much artistry. The repertoire includes Hindu bhajans (religious folk songs) and Muslim Sufi traditions, music for spiritual rituals as well as secular occasions. Lakha Khan performs his songs in several languages including Hindi, Marwari, Sindhi and Punjabi. He will be accompanied by his son Dane Khan on the dholak - the double headed Indian folk drum.