literally means 'one who begs.' They are professional
hereditary caste musicians, mostly living in Jaisalmer
and Barmer districts of Rajasthan. They play an interesting
string instrument played with a bow known as Kamaicha.
The instrument is exclusively played in Rajasthan and
some other parts of Sindh in Pakistan. Manganiars (though
Muslims) sing invariably among Hindu patron families.
They render songs during childbirth, wedding, devotional
and other ceremonies. Very good at rhythmic instruments
like dholak (drum) and Khadtal, their musical compositions
are very complex and have improvisatory rules build
into it. Virtuoso rhythm playing has largely added to
their success in music. Manganiars have performed in
many countries of the world. They have achieved great