Kamaycha player Sakar Khan passes away

Sakar Khan, a Padma Shri recipient from Rajasthan who played the traditional Rajasthani Kamaycha instrument, died here Saturday. He was 75. The septuagenarian passed away at his home in Hamira village near Jaisalmer, around 1.30 a.m. He was buried in his village in the presence of his family and several other folk musicians from across Rajasthan. Chief minister Ashok Gehlot expressed grief at the famous folk musician's demise.  Sakar Khan belonged to the Manganiyar community, a caste of hereditary Muslim musicians who live in this desert state. He learned to play the instrument from his father Chunar Khan, who was a legend in his community. “Fok music has suffered a great loss. Sakar Khan took the Kamaicha beyong state and national borders and contributed to the international fame of Rajasthani folk music,” said Mr. Gehlot.
Mr. Khan, belonging to the traditional Manganiyar folk musician community of Rajasthan, was honoured with the Padma Shri in April last year, besides being awarded the Tulsi Samman by the Madhya Pradesh government in 1990. He was also conferred the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1991. Mr. Khan had performed with renowned American violinist Yehudi Menuhin and George Harrison of The Beatles, besides appearing in numerous international performances at major festivals in the US, France, Japan and USSR, among others.