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Bhapang performer Umar Farooq Mewati dead at 43

JAIPUR: Umar Farooq Mewati, renowned performer of the bhapang, a string instrument used to accompany folk music in Rajasthan, died at his home in Alwar on Thursday of heart attack. He was 43.

Mewati resigned his job as a lower division clerk in the tourism department of the state government to dedicate himself fully to music. He travelled to over 40 nations. He had learned how to play the instrument from his father, Jahoor Khan Mewati.

His 23-year-old son Yusuf, the oldest of his six children, told TOI, “My father has performed in several nations. He made the bhapang a popular instrument. His first performance was in Alwar in 1983. He gave me the instrument when I was barely four years old, and I too now perform for a living, although I am an engineer by training.”

Mewati provided the background score on the bhapang to the 2004 film ‘Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities’, directed by MF Husain with a musical score by AR Rehman. He has also performed with other famous folk artistes.

Mewati is survived by his wife and six children.

Source : timesofindia

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