Mame Khan belongs to a family of master singers, who perform a unique, oral tradition since more than fifteen generations. His energy and his vocal skill owe much to the influence of his father and tutor, late Shri Rana Khan.
Mame Khan’s musical career started in a small, almost medieval village named Satto near Jaisalmer. The golden city of Jaisalmer and its surrounding villages are famed for their rich history of kings and poets, and is a place where Muslim and Hindu mystical traditions come together -timeless and beyond borders. This kind of disintegration of borders is being seen in another aspect of Mame Khan’s life today. He feels proud that folk music and artist are being involved much more in the Industry today. When asked what he feels about it, He points out how “The songs of our patrons and of the people that we used to sing on birthdays or other special occasions, those same songs are being sung at some of the biggest music festivals in our country. In fact we’re collaborating with them for fusions. I sing with Shankar Mahadevan ji and Amit Trivedi and I sing Folk. And it isn't only me, the biggest of musicians are collaborating and there is a lot of change happening”. This change according to him is what will lead folk music to be accepted by millenials across the country. He shares his experience while performing at a culture hub recently where he says that “the people who were listening to it were asking to hear my songs which showed me that we are starting to get a better response mainly because people are ready for it today. If you get a good beat and the right words, then they are ready to listen and they are ready to sing along with you”. He also shares his experience performing at Paddy Fields 2016 by recollecting one of the highlights of the show. He recollects, “My performance had gotten over and we were very happy because the audience had given an amazing response by singing along. Papon and I are good friends and i decided to sit on the first row to listen to him. Halfway through his performance, his gaze fell upon me and he sang a song with this particular Assamese tune.
He then looked at me and called me up. Excitedly I walked up only to halt backstage and wonder, “But what am i going to sing!?”
So I picked a Rajasthani song and joined in.
The audience found it so catchy that they joined in.
It was a great example of folk music fusing with folk from another state of the country”.