Kalbeliya

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Khan Brothers & Maya Sapera

A contemporary representation of musical ancestors

The Khan Brothers are Mahabub Khan, Sattar Khan and Wahid Khan. They have been musicians since childhood and form a professional music group, specialised in traditional and classical Indian music. Together with dancer Maya Sapera they bring a variety of music and dance typical of the region of Rajasthan: folk songs, Qawwali (sufi songs), Kalbeliya dance (gypsy dance), Terah Taali (spectacular folk dance with small cymbals) and Ghoomar. Apart from traditional music they also incorporate classical elements into their programme.
 

Booking details

The Khan Brothers consists of Mahabub Khan (singing, Harmonium,Tabla), Sattar Khan (Dholak, Algooza (double flute), Bhapang, Morcchang (mouth harp), Khartal (Indian castagnettes)), Wahid Khan (singing, Harmonium) & Maya Sapera (dance, chorus). Their programme can be adapted to your wishes, time and budget: e.g. it is possible to book only music for smaller events. For bigger events we can  be accompanied by some dancers from Gori KaDance and/or invite extra Indian musicians/dancers from Paris or India to enlarge the group and the performance. See Customized Productions for more details. Bookings are made with Maya Sapera.
 

Biography

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.

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 Abdulrasol (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". 

His younger brother, Sattar Khan, is a very talented percussionist. His fingers are so fast that your eyes cannot follow them. He plays almost any existing Indian percussion instrument, 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.

At times Mahabub and Sattar are accompanied by their cousin Wahid Khan, a wonderful singer and harmonium player.

Both brothers played and still play together in many projects, such as Babel (Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui), Musafir, Gori KaDance Orchestra, Bart Maris, etc.