Noted Kamaicha player Sakar Khan passed away
Renowned Rajasthani folk musician Sakar Khan known for the melodious bow and string instrument Kamaicha passed away in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.
He belonged to the traditional Manganiyar folk musician community of Rajasthan and learned to play the Kamaicha from his father Chunar Khan who is known as a legend among the folk musicians of the state. Sakar Khan had performed with the well known American violinist Yehudi Menuhin and George Harrison of The Beatles and also performed at major international festivals in the US, France, Japan and USSR.
- He was honoured with the Padma Shri in 2012, the Tulsi Samman by the Madhya Pradesh government in 1990 and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1991.
What is Kamaicha?
The Kamaicha,also known as the Kamancha and Kamancheh is one of the oldest bowed instruments of the world and is found across the globe with several regional variations. In Kashmir it is known as saaz-i-kashmir and is often compared to the middle- eastern instrument Raba’ab.
It has a goat skin spherical sound box with three or four strings (made either with silk or metal) and 14 sympathetic metal strings.