Rajasthan's Mame Khan becomes the Indian first folk artist to debut at Cannes festival
Dazzling lights, impressively designed costumes and flashing cameras- a night of glamour, glitz and fame. Amongst the who’s of who of Hollywood – and world cinema, was a man who became the first Indian folk artist to walk 75th Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday. This man was Rajasthan’s musical maestro – the talented Mame Khan!
Fondly known as the ‘Folk voice of India’, Mame Khan’s exceptional Cannes debut quickly turned him into India and now the world’s new favourite!
Khan steals the show in a traditional outfit
Remember instagram's new favourite reel song- Chaudhary? The popular Coke Studio song, that continues to be a favourite in our list till date, is the creation of Mame Khan and Amit Trivedi. Apart from Chaudhary, Mame Khan has also given us Bollywood gems like Baanwre from Luck by Chance, Aitbaar from No one killed Jessica, Chakora in Mirziya among others. Hailing from the humble village of Satto in the Jaisalmer district, Mame belongs to the famous 'Manganiyar gharana' of Rajasthan, that uses rare instruments like bowed kamaicha and khartal, enabling the singer to hold on tightly to his roots, even as he explores new horizons.
A musical debut
Dressed in a vibrant pink kurta set, with an embellished navy-blue jacket and donning the traditional Rajasthani turban, Mame looked like the whole of Rajasthan packed in one outfit. It must be noted, that Cannes 75th edition has named India as 'Country of Honour' at the Marche Du Films (Cannes Film Market). For years, Indians celebrities, influencers, musicians have been making a mark at the revered film festival, putting Indian outfits, music and art forms on the world map! The 11-day event kick-started on Tuesday with a grand opening featuring Indian names like Deepika Padukone, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, AR Rahman, among many others, and will be conclude on May 28.