Thanu Khan is from Barna village in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. He belongs from the Managaniyaar community of the Rajasthan and tells that the new born in their community cries in raag and walks in rhythm as they are God gifted with the understanding of music. At the age of 8 he started learning Morchang. He has performed at various venues on both national and international grounds. He started performing at Gajendra Singh’s The Mama’s Resort and rising from there he has travelled half the world to perform. He is getting various shows currently through various event companies but feel that they are exploited. He feels proud when people take selfies with him and like their traditional wears, as it feels them like stars.
He has songs for all the occasions from birth to death. Even being from a Muslim Managaniyaar community he sings bhajans of Krishna. Thanu says that like other music interest one has to go to someone and learn the same from a teacher but in his community children take birth with the inbuilt passion of music. They don’t have much interest in studies but for them music is everything which doesn’t let them feel absence of education. He sings all types of songs whether it is Bollywood, Bhajan, Fusion, Folk, etc. He has given fusion performances with Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and his son Pandit Saleel Bhatt at various shows throughout the world. He has proudly presented his folk music at various international venues. He sings in all the raga whether it is desh, bhairavai, kalyani, saurath, etc., amongst all the raags his favorite is desh raag. He dreams of a time where there is no exploitation of artists on any level and they are treated fairly with the respect that they deserve.
Thanu Khan and group is one such group which a wonderful and extremely talented group member. The group has seasoned artists like Foote Khan, Darre Khan and Manjoor Khan. 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.