March 17th, Friday workshop: 9am - 11am (held at 2400 Ohio in Lawrence)
March 17th, Friday concert: 6-7:30PM (held at the EYC)
Cost: $30 (workshop) / $20 (concert)
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LAKHA KHAN (Rajasthan, India) - a living legend and the undisputed master of the sindhi sarangi, the 27 stringed bowed instrument from India - A national treasure, 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. 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 folk and Sufi music. His songbook encompasses Sufi kalaams, Hindu bhajans, folk tales, songs of valour and love, and sings in over six languages and dialects including Marwari, Sindhi, and Seriaki.
Recent highlights from a long and illustrious career:
- 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), Jodhpur RIFF (2016)
- Two coast-to-coast US tours in 2013 and 2014 including performances at Indiana University, Bloomington, American University, Washington D.C., University of Iowa, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and more.
- Europe Spring 2016 tour in Denmark, Sweden and 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..
"A real treasure" (Simon Broughton, Editor Rough Guide to World Music, Songlines).
"In the master's hand, the Sufi-influenced melody he coaxes from it (the sarangi) is transformative" - NPR Weekend Edition
(with Madou Sidiki Diabatè, kora maestro) - The story of Malkauns (Raag Malkaush) - Lakha Madou Project
(with Hamid Drake, jazz percussionist) - Lakha Khan + Hamid Drake - 'Ghoomar' at Hothouse Festival