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One of the most celebrated Manganiar exponents, singer, Kamaycha player, Sakar Khan passed away on August 10, 2013. A recipient of the coveted National Akademi (Sangeet Natak Akademi) award as well as Padma Sri, Sakar Khan was one of the key factors who were instrumental in reviving the musicianship of Manganiar tribe. He had a close working relationship with ethnographer and musicologist, Komal Kothari.

Hailing from hamlet Hamira just 18 kms before Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, he is survived by four sons and several grandchildren, all of whom he nurtured and taught so very well.

A grand man, he is an irreparable loss.