A present of musical ancestors.
The Khan brothers, Mahabub and Sattar Khan, are both decending from a well known musical family in Rajasthan, a North-Western state of India. Their ancestors were court musicians to the local nobility ('Maharaja') of Kerap, a region/city in Rajasthan. The current generation, to which Mahabub and Sattar belong, are dedicated to spreading their ancient tradtions to the West. Their skills get international praise and they are invited around the world. After touring with the famous Rajasthani folkgroup, Musafir, they decided to found their own group, The Khan Brothers.They were also involved in directing a larger rajasthani folkgroup which was called Rangeela. When Mahabub Khan met Maya Sapera, he was impressed by the authentic qualities of her dance style. So he invited her to work together.
The Khan Brothers and Maya Sapera bring a variety of music and dance typical of the Region of Rajasthan: folk songs, Qawwali (sufisongs), Kalbeliyadance (gypsy), Terah Taali (spectacular folkdance with small cymbals), etc. Also classical Indian music is adopted to the programme.
Mahabub Khan is an excellent singer. With his voice he has touched the heart of many. To accompany his singing, he plays the harmonium. He is also educated in percussion, especially Tabla. He has worked with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Gulabi Sapera, Musafir, Thierry Robin, Gori KaDance Orchestra, Kiva (Canada), Djamel (Belgium), Fana – Dewish Dance – Haqqani Mevlevi (Italy), Lo’Jo Triban (France), Osama Abdulrasool (Belgium), Mastana – Qawali du Rajasthan (France), John Snauwaert (Belgium), Bart Maris (Belgium), Pieter-Jan De Smet (Belgium), Derwish Khan (France), Va Fan Fahre, etc. He has also been a guestplayer for Ghalia Benali and for Natasha Atlas and Transglobal Underground.
The younger brother, Sattar Khan is very talented percussionist. His fingers are so fast that your eyes can’t follow them. He plays almost any possible Indian percussion instrument existing, from tabla to Dholak, but also smaller instrument such as Khartal (Indian castagnettes), Bhapang and Morcchang (mouthharp). The double flute is also a well known instrument to him. He has been a guestplayer for Natasha Atlas and “Transglobal Underground” and has participated in an Exchange-project organized by the British Counselor.
Both brothers played together in many projects, such as Babel (Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui), Musafir, Gori KaDance Orchestra, Bart Maris, etc.
Mahabub Khan: singing, Harmonium,Tabla
Sattar Khan: Dholak, Algooza (double flute), Bhapang, Morcchang (mouth harp), Khartal (Indian castagnettes)
Maya Sapera: dance, chorus
We can also invite extra Indian musicians and/or dancers from Paris or India to enlarge the group and the performance. See Customized Productions