Padma Shri Sakar Khan (1938-2013), from the village of Hamira in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer district, was one of the great folk musicians of India. His instrument - the ‘kamancha’ (or kamaicha, kamaycha, kemancheh) - traces its roots back to the 8th century. A bowed lute with a goat skin sound box and three main gut strings with 14 sympathetic metal strings, it harks back to the lost bowed Raba'ab of Arabia, and perhaps further, in terms of both geography and time. Accompanying him on this album are his sons Ghewar, Firoze and Dara.
"Top of the World"/5 Stars -Songlines, July 2014. Sakar Khan (1938-2013), from the village of Hamira in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer district, was unarguably the greatest kamancha player to have graced this earth. He had performed with the like of Yehudi Menuhin and George Harrison, and awarded India's highest civil honor for the arts.
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