Kailash Khan is a 25 year old musician from Badli village in Jaisalmer district, Rajasthan. He belongs to Miraasi Manganiyar tribe. He is Dapu Khan’s nephew. He has 2 brothers and 5 sisters. He has had great interest in folk music since childhood, as his father, uncle and grandfather used to take him along for shows. His ancestors have been performing since ages for their ‘Jajmaans’. He says that even a new born in their family cries in ‘sur’, such is the competency of the Manganiyars. He and his group perform Rajasthani folk, Sufi and Qawwaali music, and sometimes ‘Bhajans’ too. The ‘bhajans’ are about ‘Devi maa’, Goddess Jogmaya, and other deities. He has always been keen on learning more about this genre of music. He even composes songs written by some of his poet friends. He had recently prepared 2 songs with his friend Kaviraaj Chaaran Kavi. He also has some expertise in performing Punjabi and Gujarati music too. He started learning harmonium at a very young age as a child in school. He has the desire in himself to learn more and more, and keep implementing that musical knowledge in his performances. His first performance with his group was at Mama’s Resort in Jaisalmer. After that, he had worked at Leela’s Palace Hotel in Udaipur for four years. Since then, he has been performing full time with his group, with the aim to share his art with the rest of the world.
Jassu and Kailash Khan performs with his group which majorly consists of his own relatives: his own brother Jassu Khan, and Sawai Khan and Khete Khan. They play dholak, khartaal, bhapang, harmonium and sometimes morchang. They have been performing together since 2009. Jassu Khan feels that they have grown together as a group. They have performed in various cities besides Rajasthan, like Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Mumbai, Chennai, Gujarat, and Punjab. They get shows either through word-of-mouth, for instance when he used to perform in resorts, tourists who liked their performance used to refer them to other people, and so on. Or sometimes, they receive some Government shows. But all in all, there is no stability when it comes to getting shows in a particular season. All of this group members have learnt from their elders, by listening to them and performing with them. They also used to write down the songs a few times to memorize them. They sing in Roopak Raag, Bhairo Raag, Kalyaan Raag and most importantly Raag Khamaaj. Their USP is that they often present Shiv Taandav bhajan and Bholenath bhajan, which mostly Manganiyars don’t. They want to hone their musical skills together as a group, and wish to touch great heights.