'Kamaicha' maestro Sakar khan passes away
Sakar Khan, “Kamaicha” playing Rajasthani folk musician and a Padma shree awardee, passed away at the age of 77 following a glorious career that brought him fame worldover. A native of Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan he belongs to Rajasthan's traditional folk musician community of Manganiyar.
- performed with the great violinist Yehudi Menuhin of America and George Harrison (of "The Beatles" fame)
- performances at major international festivals in France, US, USSR and Japan.
- last studio recorded album : “At Home: Sakar Khan” (in 2012)
Padma Shri in 2012 - for contribution to Indian music
Tulsi Samman : in 1990 by MP government
Sangeet Natak Akademi Award : in 1991
Kamancha/kamaicha, kamaycha, kemancheh - a 8th century instrument, it’s a “bow and string instrument” having a goat skin sound box and 3 main gut strings with 14 sympathetic metal strings
- It is one of the oldest bowed instruments of the world and is found globally with many regional variations ( eg. In Kashmir, it is known as saaz-i-kashmir and is likened to Raba'ab- a middle-eastern instrument).