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Sanu Khan and Group

By November 28, 2018September 2nd, 2019Rajasthan

Jodhpur has a vibe which can not be compared with any other place. Searching for a place to sit and relax we came across Sanu and his group in Mehrangarh Fort. Seeing us he greeted us with a song:


Dhann dhann bhaage banno re

The groom is running around with happiness

Aree Sawa aage banni laderlo  re

Let’s welcome the procession, it has arrived

Dhann moh tan kedi re maya re

Money and wealth nothing matters

Heli Aayo re heli mori laderlo amraano

My beloved groom has come to Amar Kot

Pe nigare sa raaje

Lift your feet and come

Auto bhaaye pyaaro re banna

The groom is looking so handsome

Areey Jaanida shringar laaderlo re

Dress up the procession beautifully

Jaanida ri jode hey banide

All walk together


They come from the Langha community of musicians who play Sindhi Sarangi and Algoza very fondly. Their music filled with magical voices is very different from usual Langha community music. They often perform at various occasion which varies according to the life events of their patrons which happens to be the royal family of that particular area. The Sarangi used by this group was not the usual type we often encounter with. It had four main wires with twenty vibrating sympathetic strings that helps in creating the mesmerising music.  One can find more about the langhas with their visit to Jodhpur, Phalaudi, Udaipur, etc. Music is the only source of livelihood for them. In future, they want their children to be trained in music but along with an academic inclination as well. During peak seasons, their group gets 2-3 offers to perform every month and earns as much as Rs.50,000 for each show. The songs of their group encompass a wide range of themes deep rooted in Rajasthani traditions. They get shows mostly because of their contacts. They are very well-aware of Anahad’s role and work in empowering folk musicians. The group sings songs about love, romance, different timelines of weddings, etc. On asking about their favourite song they started singing :


Khaatireda oh ji re baitha tu to maare chuttare o ji ree

Khaati’s son is sitting and he is looking very  beautiful

Sidhone …Ghaniya re gholi jaaun

He looks so beautiful, may he is safe from all evil eyes

Taraniyo re ghar lawa oh ji more

Bring the decorate flowers to my house

Chandane kedo re rukhero

It should be like sandalwood

Re rukhero oh ji re  rukhero re mora raj

Oh King, bring me a tree of Sandalwood

Aundene utariyo maaro gaddo maaru sawari re ada beech

Come on a horse and get down at my house

Ghaniya re gholi jaaun

meri nazar na lag jaae kahin


Sanu and his group are so happy with their musical lives that they never see their problem as any obstacle in their lives. The strength they get in their daily life to face adversities is from their music. Sanu wants to open a folk learning music school in his village and wishes to enrol next generation there free of charge to promote their culture.

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