Bachu Khan - Loomba

From Thar Desert region comes unique caste of musicians, Langas, whose main profession was to sing and dance for their patrons. Bachu Khan's father performed yet for the Royal family of Jodhpur -- Rathore Gharana. With the end of royalty state function of Langas, their music started to flourish during all occasions including weddings, births, engagements and festivals. According to the Darbari (royal) tradition of several centuries, Langas still sing love songs in their mother tongue, Marwari, depicting one's longing for the lover, joy of reunion and hopes that lovers put in the future. Instruments in use are Sarangi (string instrument), Murli and Algoza (woodwind instruments), Morchang (Jewish harp) and Khartal (wooden castanet).

Bachu Khan was introduced to music by his father, but his real master, who taught him Rajasthani folk repertoire was Haji B.K. Khan. At the age of twelve Bachu Khan gave his first public performance and just a year later his first international show took place. Bachu Khan has given hundreds of performances abroad with his groups Maharaja, Musafir and Dil Mastana, until his passports were not able to accommodate any more stamps. Bachu Khan's high-pitched,open-throated, very powerful voice, supported by the backing vocalists is perfectly complemented by the woodwind and string instruments, forming a melodious and sensuous musical score.

Unique and valuable in Bachu Khan's life and work is his ability to engage tradition and contemporary. Being the father of five daughters he wants to pass the music tradition to them, against the tradition of his community, where women are forbidden to perform music. He is always eager to experiment and improvise with different music styles, as he did by participating in Gypsy Caravan project and collaborating with Natacha Atlas, Duquende and Antonio 'El Pipa', among others.