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Lakha Khan, maestro of Sindhi Sarangi

**** "No frills needed; just great playing from an Indian master" - Simon Broughton, Songlines



Khamangani! Spectacular news! Ustad Lakha Khan has been bestowed with the Padma Shri (or Padma Shree) - India's fourth highest civilian award for the arts. He is a living legend, and perhaps the greatest sindhi sarangi maestro, and a keeper of India's songbook, a voice of unity and secularism. Second to the Left is proud and honoured to work with, and represent Padma Shri Lakha Khan. Our heartiest congratulations and best wishes to the maestro for the long overdue recognition he deserves, and a big thank you to all the presenters, bookers, festivals, friends and well-wishers who have been part of this decade-long journey. Shukriya, Dhanyavad!


A living legend and the undisputed master of the sindhi sarangi - A national treasure, at 70+ Lakha Khan is a Sangeet Natak Akademi award winner for his contribution to Rajasthani folk music, and perhaps the greatest exponent of the 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 early 90's. He resumed international touring in 2013 with his first ever US tour, and now completed three US tours, and two European tours in Belgium, Denmark and Sweden. 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.

  • Sangeet Natak Akademi award for his contribution to Rajasthani folk music, Marudhara Foundation (Kolkata) recognition
  • Performed at the Edinburgh Folk Music Festival (2011), The Amarrass Desert Music Festival (2011, 2014), Sensational India Festival at the Peabody Essex Museum (2013), Old and New Dreams Festival, Chicago (2014), Europe Spring 2016 (Sweden, Denmark, Belgium)
  • His albums 'At Home: Lakha Khan' (Amarrass Records, 2012) and 'Lakha Khan: Live in Nashville' (Amarrass Records, 2014) have received rave reviews by fROOTS ("Top 5 Rajasthani albums ever"), Songlines (4 Stars for both albums), The Chicago Tribune, Nashville Scene and more.
  • Featured artist on ‘Mitha Bol’ (2011, Amarrass Records), nominated for 'Folk Album of the Year' at the Global Indian Music Awards 2012
  • Two coast-to-coast US tours in 2013 and 2014.

Group Size: 2 artists

  • Lakha Khan: Sindhi Sarangi and voice
  • Dane Khan: Dholak

Amarrass Records - New Dehli (India)

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Meda Mehar Muraad Na Milda

Lakha Khan - Meda Mehar Muraad Na Milda (Kinnu Haal Sunawan Dil Da), Live at Dexter Odense, Denmark on March 24, 2018. Lakha Khan - sarangi, vocals; Dane Khan - dholak.

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  • 30 June - Roskilde Festival (Roskilde, Denmark)
  • 8-9 July - Rudolstadt Festival (Rudolstadt, Germany)
  • 22 July - TBA (Porto, Portugal)
  • 26 July - FMM Sines (Sines, Portugal


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Live in Nashville, 2013, Amarrass Records

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).

At Home, 2013, Amarrass Records

Single take recordings at home in Raneri, Rajasthan. 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.


""A packed Janskerk listens to the mesmerising Lakha Khan during Le Guess Who." ... , while that same church is packed for Lakha Khan, master of the sindhi sarangi. The complex bowed string instrument from Rajasthan India sometimes sounds like a mesmerizing bagpipe, other times surprisingly melodic. It's a beautiful experience in the stately church, while spirits and gods from Hindu and Sufi traditions are honored through music.NRC (NL)
"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


Searching for the blues

Legendary Sindhi sarangi player Lakha Khan showcased in new docuseries produced by the Aga Khan Museum in collaboration with Amarrass Records

Bangla Khoob Banaya Maharaj Jisme Narayan BaseLakha Khan's showcase - Official selection WOMEX 2019

Khedan De Din Chaar (Bulleh Shah)

Lakha Khan sings Bulleh Shah's 'Khedan De Din Chaar' (you have four days to play). Some of the lyrics translate to "don't accept loss, because this time will not come back". Recorded live at WOMEX '19 in Tampere, Finland at NRK Studios on 26 Oct 2019. (c) 2019 Amarrass Records

Total Vetho Bole Baagan Mein Bahaar

Lakha Khan - Total Vetho Bole Baagan Mein Bahaar (The Parrots Sing Sweet when the Gardens are in Bloom), a Sindhi sehra, performed live at Musikhuset Dexter, Odense, Denmark on 24 March 2018.

Lakha Khan 'At Home' Sessions 2019

A short visit to the master musician Lakha Khan, at his home in Raneri, Rajasthan in May 2019. Stay tuned for his next release on Amarrass Records featuring field recordings, live and unreleased sessions.

Meda Mehar Muraad Na Milda

Lakha Khan - Meda Mehar Muraad Na Milda (Kinnu Haal Sunawan Dil Da), Live at Dexter Odense, Denmark on March 24, 2018. Lakha Khan - sarangi, vocals; Dane Khan - dholak.

Payoji Main to Ram Ratan Dhan Payo | Sofar Odense

Lakha Khan performing "Payoji Main to Ram Ratan Dhan Payo" at Sofar Odense on March 16, 2018.

Lakha Khan - Live in Nashville

**** "No frills needed; just great playing from an Indian master" - SIMON BROUGHTON Songlines
| "In the master's hands, the Sufi induced melody he coaxes from it (the sarangi) is transformative" - NPR

At Home with Lakha Khan

Soundcheck with Lakha Khan (Kinnu Haal Sunawan Dil Da?)

"meda mehar muraad na milda, kinnu haal sunaawan dil da?" My deepest wish (is to be with the one), and until i find you, what is the point in explaining the condition of my heart?

(Ranjheya) Na Maar Naina De Teer

A Sufi kalaam performed by Lakha Khan (vocals, sindhi srangi) and his son Dane Khan (dholak) live in studio at WORT 89.9FM Madison Wisconsin for the Global Revolutions broadcast on April 22, 2013.

Haal Sunawan Dil Da - Lakha Khan

Haal Sunawan Dil Da, performed by sindhi sarangi maestro Lakha Khan, accompanied by his son Dane Khan on dholak at the Fine Arts Building in Chicago, USA on April 18, 2013.

Lakha Khan sings Lakha Phulanii

Lakha Phulani is a folk song from Rajasthan, India and about a rich donor Lakha Phulani, who settled in Bhuj (in Gujarat) and was reputed to donate one lakh (one hundred thousand) rupees before he sat down for a meal.. a testament to the many donors of Prospect Park, Brooklyn New York. Lakha Khan - vocals, sindhi sarangi, Dane Khan - dholak. Recorded on April 9, 2013. © 2013 Amarrass Records

Lakha Khan sings Lakha Phulanii

Lakha Khan (sarangi, vocals) sings Khedan De Din Chaar, a poem by the great Sufi mystic Bulleh Shah.

Bhanwarji Kalali

Bhanwarji Kalali (or kalhali), a traditional folk song which references the king's hunting party and the liquor-still baron - sung by Lakha Khan, one of the greatest sindhi sarangi players from the Manganiyar community of musicians in Rajasthan. Accompanied on the dholak by his elder son Dane Khan. Recorded in Raneri, Rajasthan at a retired schoolmaster's farm storage shed (which had several bags of cumin stored in the room, and making this possibly the sweetest smelling session!)

Tulsi Kya Karoon

Tulsi Kya Karoon - Lakha Khan. From the album "mitha bol", 2011 Amarrass Records. This recording was made late in the evening at Lakhaji's home in Raneri, our last stop before the marathon 10 hour drive back to Delhi. The sarangi is arguably the most difficult Indian instrument to master, and very few musicians—in either the classical or folk traditions—have been able to make its bow and strings do their bidding as well as Lakha Khan. The fourth in the line of master sarangi players, Lakhaji's home in Raneri is also somewhat of a museum where instruments, some more than a century old, have been carefully preserved. A philosopher musician with no classical training, Lakhaji's knowledge comes from his forefathers; his virtuosity from decades of practice. His genius, though, is a pure gift.

Raga Sindhu Bhairavi and Raga Bhim Palasi

Lakha Khan at the Amarrass Desert Music Festival

Sorath performed by Lakha Khan (sarangi) and accompanied by his son Dane Khan on the dholak, at the Amarrass Desert Music Festival on November 27, 2011 at Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi, India