Born in village Hamira (Rajasthan), and son of the legendary Chuhar Khan,
Pempe Khan was a prodigious talent even when he was a child. Yajmani tradition
was the only source of livelihood in his early life. The musical tradition
of the family was passed on to him by his father. After the death of his father
he learnt this art from his elder brother Sakar Khan.
Besides singing, Pempe Khan began with playing the Dholak. Later on he started
playing the Shehnai and after sometime he learnt the art of murali (flue).
At present he is equally dexterous at these two instruments. He plays a dhol
with exquisite skill. He won worldwide fame with his musical talent at the
international festivals held in France, USA, USSR and Japan. His two sons,
namely, Khete Khan (Shehnai player and flutist) and Chhuge Khan (Shehnai player,
flutist and singer) are keeping the family tradition alive.
Aged 65, Hashim Khan was born into a Manganiyar family of performers in
village Betina (distt. Jaisalmer). Sh. Chandney Khan, his father and eventual
guru, was a renowned Kamaicha exponent and dhol player. Eldest of these
brothers, Hasham Khan is a composer of kabitts of an amazing range. Besides
these he is known for rendering Devi chhands and composing chhands for his
jajmans, the Rathors. He specializes in playing the dhol during Ghoomar
- the folk dance of Rajasthani women. A widely traveled figure he has performed
at various music festivals in Rajasthan and in the national circuit also.