Esplanade Presents


Hymns from the Land of the Kings

Dada Khan (India)

12 Apr 2024, Fri, 10.30pm

13 Apr 2024, Sat, 9.15pm


(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Concourse (12 Apr) and DBS Foundation Outdoor Theatre (13 Apr)

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From the desert of western Rajasthan to the world's most coveted music stages, the Manganiyars are folk artists whose unusual origins have brought them beyond the sand dunes. Hailing from obscure villages in western Rajasthan, the Manganiyars are a community of generational musicians who are custodians of an oral heritage dating back centuries. For the Manganiyars, music is more than a means of livelihood—it is their very identity. Their practice stems from a deep-lived understanding of the history and culture of their ancestors and is steeped in epics, stories and myths of the region. The Manganiyars, through their songs, are chroniclers of time.


Embark on a journey through time with the hymns, poetry, stories and songs of the Manganiyars, featuring rare traditional instruments of the community. Let the eminent vocalist Dada Khan, with tandura (plucked lute) in hand, transport you to the sand dunes of Rajasthan with music from across bhakti and Sufi traditions, from composer-saints and poets such as Kabir, Mirabai, Bulleh Shah and Shah Latif.


Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Language: Hindi, Marwari, Punjabi and Sindhi
Things to Note:
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Artist Information

Dada Khan

Dada Khan and his company of friends come from the Barmer region. Born into a family of incredibly gifted generational musicians, Khan started out as a vocalist, and picked up some instruments in his music journey, but he finally found his calling in the world of Bhakti and Sufi poetry. With a tandura (plucked lute) in hand, Khan sings powerfully, evocatively and with a meditative quality that has come to be characteristic of his style. He sings bhajans (devotional songs) of Kabir and Meera, as well as qalams of Sufi mystics like Bulleh Shah and Shah Latif, across languages such as Hindi, Punjabi, Sindhi, Rajasthani among others. Khan has also performed at various venues all over the world, in Australia, Europe, Russia and USA. 

Date & Time

12 Apr 2024, Fri


Esplanade Concourse

13 Apr 2024, Sat


DBS Foundation Outdoor Theatre at Esplanade

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