It’s a thrill to watch Gazi Khan play Khartal in perfect rhythm with dholak. The way he creates complex percussion sounds with the four wooden pieces is admirable. He is not only an expert Khartal player, but also an exceptional Sufi Vocalist, and renders authentic folk ragas. His ability to customize and design stage performances is a feather in his cap. He has travelled to all the countries of Europe, Asia and America and participated in all well-known folk festivals. He has accompanied with renowned rhythm instrument players like Zakir Hussain, A. R. Rehman etc.
He hails from a small village known as Barna in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. He has been doing stage performances in all over the country since he was a small child. Gazi started his journey at a very young and till now he has achieved so much in the journey. He has represented twice in Festival of India both in Japan and France in 1988 and 1995, respectively. The journey of international performances that he started in 1988 from Japan is just unstoppable since then. Currently he is working with the world renowned Pandit VishwaMohan Bhatt on a group called Desert Slide. He has also worked with famous and big names like Allen Webber in 1992, has been associated with Rajiv Sethi since 1993, and even did a show with Ravi Shanker and Ravi Menon known as From Sitar to Guitar in 1994 in Royal Circus Theatre, United Kingdom. He also got a chance to work with Amjad Ali back in 1990s’.
Hi sings wonderfully but his basic and expertise lies in Khartaal. He loves to do jugalbandi with various diff instruments. When it comes to fusion he respects it and insists in doing it in the right way such that the integrity of any of the instrument is not crossed over. HE wants to do all that he can to preserve his folk culture and to make a start for the same he has registered an institure known as Pehchan Folk Music Institute in his village, for identification of Manganiyaars, their culture folk.
The institute has 20 rooms each of them kept in the name folk raags like saourath, khamaichi, etc. He has been doing a research also parallel to his music for more exposure in his genre of folk music
Highly obliges Komal Kothari for bringing him in the light and uplift them. He has been managing all the artists since class 8th,Speaks more than 20+ languages and has learnt on his own ease in abroad.
Gazi Khan wants to bring in all the small children of his community to his institute and impart their culture to them. He is already giving his heritage of folk music to his children. His son Sartaj Khan,14, is a renowned child artist and known for his fame from the song “Bapu Sehat ke Liye” of movie Dangal. He dreams of establishing Rajasthani folk music as a gharana and is working in all his power to make it happen.
Although Gazi Khan has worked with biggest of legends in the music fraternity but he has group also behind his marvelous and mind blowing performances. Gazi has very talented artists in his group, he being the eldest leads them. He also teaches music to his child and encourages him to join him with music. Even his child is so well trained that he sits in the group and sings well equivalent with the elders. He says that he knows all the kind of songs whether it is a child’s birth or their death, etc. They have songs for every occasions. The group has seasoned artists like Talab Khan on Harmonium , Goram Khan on Dholak, Kootle Khan on Khartaal and Bakshe Khan on Khamaicha. The group together when sings create a mesmerizing atmosphere amongst the audience and leave them spell bind after their performances. The seasoned artists in the group are responsible for the teaching and guidance of the younger artists present in the group. The group sings mostly authentic original songs of their traditional heritage which has been passed on from their fore fathers to them which each generation. The group performs at various occasions like childbirth, wedding, house warming, etc. at their patronages’ houses. The group earns their living out of the live performances they give at various different places. Apart from music they literally don’t have any means through which can earn.
The most interesting thing about this group is their love for fusion. Each one of the member in the group wither plays guitar, drums, or synth. They all look forward for a future where they can play together for wider audience who can cherish the music that they make and play. However, their love for fusion music a lot but they make sure to keep up their cultural heritage folk music in balance and doesn’t hurt the emotions of their elders in their community. These group of artists don’t dream of going to Bollywood and collect fame, rather they and the world to know Rajasthan and their singing known by their music. They want to make their country proud and carry forward their legacy from one generation to another. For them all they know is music and they can never get apart from it and thus for them it a not just music it is their way of living their lives.