Khete Khan Mangniyar



Born on 3 March 1976 in Hamira village, Rajasthan, Shri Khete Khan belongs to a family of Manganiyar musicians. He learnt music at an early age from his father Shri Pempa Khan, a renowned Surnai and Shehnai player in the folk tradition of the region. He also received guidance from his uncle, Ustad Sakkar Khan Manganiyar, a maestro of the bowed Kamaicha. Shri Khete Khan Manganiyar chose to devote himself to the Khartal, an unusual percussion instrument comprising four flat rectangular pieces of wood held two in each hand.
Shri Khete Khan Manganiyar has performed both as a soloist and an accompanist taking the Khartal beyond its folk idiom, having developed an extraordinary and refined technique. He has performed at Zingaro Paris in 1994, London in 1997, the USA and Canada in 2006, at Sydney Opera House, Australia in 2008, the BBC Proms Festival in 2009, Festival of India in Holland in 2010, Woman Festival, London in 2015 and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He has accompanied many musical maestros including Ustad Zakhir Hussain, Ustad Sultan Khan, Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, and Pt Ronu Majumdar, among others.
Shri Khete Khan Manganiyar is a member of Rufayan Sansthan, Jodhpur and Manganiyar Lok Sangeet Sansthan, Hamira, where he is involved in teaching music to young artists.
Shri Khete Khan Manganiyar is awarded the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar of Sangeet Natak Akademi for 2013-2014 for his notable talent in the field of Traditional / Folk Music of Rajasthan.