At the 75th Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday, Mame Khan was the talk of the event. Dressed in a vibrant pink kurta set with a navy blue jacket, he was the first folk artist from India to walk the red carpet.

While Mame Khan may be a new face at Cannes, he definitely hasn’t been one in the Indian music scene.

Here’s the story of this Rajasthani maestro, also known as the ‘Folk voice of Rajasthan’.

He grew up in Satto, near Jaisalmer, and started his musical journey under the guidance of his late father Shri Rana Khan, who was also a popular singer.

Mame belongs to the famous Manganiyar Gharana of Rajasthan. The music uses rare instruments like the bowed kamaicha and khartal.

He is also the voice behind the songs of Sufi poets such as Mira Bai, Kabir, Lal Shahbâz Qalandar, Bulleh Shah and Baba Ghulam Farid.

From the deserts of Rajasthan, he made his way to Bollywood.

‘Baawre’ in ‘Luck By Chance’, ‘Aitbaar’ in ‘No One Killed Jessica’, ‘Chakora’ in Mirziya are a few songs where Mame has left his mark as  a playback singer.