SUNDAY MAY 24 AT 9PM
AMARRASS RECORDS PRESENTS LIVING LEGEND LAKHA KHAN FROM RAJASTHAN, INDIA.
PRESENTED BY ANKUR MALHOTRA
Amarrass was formed in 1999 with the mission to preserve the musical traditions from the deep interiors of India and to create structures for sustaining them into the future. Since then, Amarrass has recorded several legendary artists, toured with them, and brought sustainability to an art form, the artists, and their families. Prior to Amarrass’ involvement, the presentation of these oral musical traditions that have been passed on from generation to generation was constrained to a select circle of academics and the traditional domains of patrons and the family villages in Rajasthan. There were no recordings, no performances outside of the region. Amarrass has preserved the traditional art forms through recordings and albums; brought the music to wide international audiences; and provided new income streams and lifted entire families into improved economic positions that have improved their ability to access education, health care, and technology literacy.
In service to its mission, Amarrass has produced 15 albums, many of them award-winning, over 300 music videos; and toured musicians such as LAKHA KHAN, BARMER BOYS, PAINTED CAVES throughout the United States, Europe, and India. Amarrass’ work has been recognized in the UNESCO Creative Economies Report, NPR, The New York Times, BBC, Songlines, Rolling Stone India, The WIRE-Adventures in Modern Sound, The Independent, fROOTS, Downbeat, and more.
Under the crisis of the pandemic, these folk music traditions once again face extinction. Not only from the loss of the ability to record, tour, etc. but even their traditional performance avenues – playing at weddings, funerals, and community festivals – have been completely shut down by COVID-19. To support the artists and their families, Amarrass must now pivot its mission of sustainability.
Amarrass reaches out to you, the patrons of the arts, for emergency relief funds to:
1. Sustain the artists and their families through basic needs support. Funds to cover basic living expenses – housing, food, medicines, etc.
2. Invest in the needed technology to allow the artists to record, live stream, and communicate from their homes in programs such as this one.
3. Produce and distribute hundreds of hours of previously recorded audio and video
content to generate revenue to support the artists.
Madison Music Review is collecting donations on behalf of these artists at https://www.paypal.me/ankurmmr
You can also donate to our non-profit Amarrass Society for Performing Arts (Registered Society in India, 80G Certificate No.DEL-AE25085-21112013-3861) – https://pages.razorpay.com/ASPAdonate
Lakha Khan is perhaps the greatest exponent of the 27-string sindhi sarangi. His music is truly secular and straddles both the classical and folk domains, with a vast songbook that incorporates Hindu bhajans (devotional songs), Sufi kalaams, popular Hindi tunes, and the ancient stories and oral histories of the western Indian sub-continent. He is accompanied by his son Dane Khan on the dholak, the double headed Indian folk drum.
Ankur Malhotra is a music producer, DJ, and documentarian making global and local music connections. He is the co-founder of Amarrass Records (a New Delhi and Madison based independent record label), Madison Music Review (concert producer and media company), and a long time volunteer DJ/host at WORT 89.9FM Madison.