Maga Khan is a 30 year old folk musician from Bhadres, a small village near Barmer, Rajasthan. Bhadres is around 20 kilometres away from Barmer. He belongs to the Mirasi Manganiyar tribe. He has three brothers, and all of his family members including his parents are involved in folk music. As a child, he was inspired by his father to enter the realm of folk music. He wishes to follow the footsteps of his ancestors and earn his own identity in the domain of Rajasthani folk music. He has pursued his Bachelors and Masters degree in History. While pursuing his education he realized that musicians are not educated enough, and that this lack of education is a big hurdle in their quest to become successful. Therefore, in 2010, he established ‘Panihaari Folk Music Foundation’, with the aim of reviving the essence of folk music amongst youngsters and make them educationally proficient as well so that they learn on a holistic level. He gathers small kids from villages and arranges teachers for their education, in addition to providing them musical training for making them competent. He realizes that in order to share one’s art, and thus earn a certain number of shows, good quality music videos play a significant role. He appreciated Anahad’s initiative, and was hopeful that artists would benefit greatly from the videos made by Anahad.
Maga Khan and his 4 other group members play Rajasthani folk music along with devotional bhajans. They perform at weddings, (primarily Rajput weddings), various government shows, etc. All the group members hail from the Mirasi Manganiyar community. They play harmonium, khartaal, dholak, and other folk music instruments. In the Manganiyar tribe, even a new born child cries in ‘raag’, such is the eminence of their community. Mangu Khan’s family is also involved in music. His wife sings too, but the tradition is such that females sing only for females. They do not sing for or in front of males. The group is collectively aware of the benefits of good quality music videos, as a platform to reach out to the masses and showcase their art. They face difficulty whenever someone has to invite their group for a performance and wish to listen to them before the show to check out the group. The only resort is to send a poor quality video shot by phone and sometimes even that is not possible. That becomes a huge drawback in obtaining shows. Mangu Khan and his group are hopeful now after recording with Anahad. The group usually sings songs about the greatness of ‘Rajas’, weddings songs, ‘bhajans’ about Gods and Goddesses, and some other types of Marwari songs.