A skilled maestro of Rajasthani folk singing & instrumental music, “Chugge Khan”, derives the rich pedigree of Manganiar Family which is Muslim communities in the desert of Rajasthan, India in the district of Barmer and Jaisalmer. The Manganiars consider themselves descendants of the Rajputs and are renowned as highly skilled folk musicians of the Thar Desert. Their songs are passed on from generation to generation as a form of oral history of the desert.
Chugge Khan is nothing but the personification of those spiritual perfect arts. The rich levels of Mangniyar singing & instrumental music peeps perfectly well through his sonorous singing as well as music. Chugge has mastered traditional Rajasthani instruments like Morchang, Khartal & Bhappang. Besides he is well equipped with sharp skills of a writer/lyricist of Rajasthani Folk songs. Not only Rajasthani folk but Chugge has a great command over Sufi, Punjabi & fusion music. He has gone thru passionate singing of devotional as well as other types of Qawwalies.
Music started to flow within Chugge Khan’s blood since the early age of four & he started to perform in foreign countries since the age of thirteen. Chugge has secured a great renown not only in India but also throughout the world. With countless performances, he has enhanced many major parts of the world like France, Spain, Itly, Japan, Thailand, U.S.A., U.K., Australia, South Africa, U.A.E., Germany and so on. On the other hand some major events in India like Common Wealth Games, Delhi, Little’s Festival Delhi, Sufi Festival Mumbai, Virasat Festival by Jaipur Virasat Foundations, RIFF festival Jodhpur with Indian Ocean and Jaipur Literature Festival expanded his glorious talent to the extremes. The ways of Chugge’s fame stroke the doors of renowned Bollywood composer A.R. Rahman. Chugge had an honor to perform with this legendary Oscar winner of India & also along with world’ fastest drummer, Shiv Mani.
Many worldwide festivals like Palio Festival (Switzerland), Common Wealth Game (Australia), Womax Festival (Spain), Womand Festival (U.K), Barbican Festival (Israel) & Morocco Fes Festival have witnessed this maestro with warm ears for unmatched performance.
Chugge has been honored by B.B.C London.
As a singer Chugge descends all those qualities of his ancestors which made Mangniyar community unique in the World. From soft to hard, low to very high scales & from flat to tough intricacies of classical as well as modern singing, Chugge has all the blooming colors within his singing. As an artist he is a magician of instruments.
Weather its Morchang, Khartal or Bhappang, whenever he plays any of these, it seems that Time itself gets still to witness his skills of speed & perfection.
Finally, Chugge is a gem of the great Mangniyar family who is continuously carrying forward those precious arts & skills. There is no doubt that he has favored worldwide listeners who are keen to witness rich Rajasthan Folk Music of desert regions.
Music/Arrangements : Ravi Kant Sharma & Chugge Khan
Recorded ROP Records Studio, Pushkar
Sound Recording : Nick Atkins and Om Pushkar
Editing, Mastering : K. Guna Shekhar
Photography : Ajit Soni
Graphic Design : Vijas Graphics Pvt.Ltd.
Write-up : Nand Kishore Jasnani
Chugge Khan – Aawaz, Morchang, Khartal, Bhapang
Dadde Khan – Tandura
Gulam Khan – Dholak
Safi Khan – Petibaza, Aawaz
Saddiq Khan – Aawaz, Sarangi
Salim Khan – Morchang, Dhol, Khartal
A trio of three major cultural streams meets in this album, comprising in the main Rajasthani music but supported by the flavor of Sufi and Punjabi music. The Shining colors of Rajasthani culture and its traditions delight the soul and provide a vigorous, living feel of precious Rajasthani trends. Sufi Kalam depicts the incarnation of Almighty through pious devotion. Whilst the crisp touch of Punjabi music reveals the essence of Punjabi culture, taking the listener far higher; to the utmost pleasure music has to offer. A multi colored power pack treasure of musical glory that leave nothing but ecstasy.
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