Kanoi is a village in the Thar Desert about 35 km from Jaisalmer on Sam road with beautiful virgin Sand Dunes,about 400 small brick and mud houses with a population of about 3000 people of mixed castes living here for many generations in harmony. The different communities live in the Kanoi village are (Rajputs ,Suthars carpenters) take care of the daily simple need machines and tools in the village,the Kumhars ( potters ) take care of the supply of pots used in daily house hold jobs and making pots for carrying water,few Brahaman ( Priest ) and Manganiyars also known as Mirasi a Muslim community,patronized by the Royal families and the wealthy merchants families of North India for many generations.
They are the people who have protected the cultural heritage of singing of Rajasthani Folk Music and also preserving their age old musical instruments like Sarangi,Kartal , Bhopang , Morchang , Algoja , Dholak , Dhol , Kamaicha . Kanoi village is a nursery for the Manganiyars or Mirasis , they train there young boys in singing and playing the age old musical instruments, narrating the myths and fables, history and legends, of Kings and Conquerors, Sages , Sufis and Saints from the region. Ladies are restricted they do only the household jobs they even feel shy in the presence of outsiders.It is only the Kalbelia ( Snake Charmers ) girls who accompany the musical groups for performances with them.Kanoi village has produced the world fame Rajasthani Folk Singers and Musicians Mr. Chandan Khan and Sadak Khan earned world fame at Bharat Mahotsav in 1980 at Moscow and then many European Countries,tradition is carried forward by Mr. Jalal Khan and Mr. Khudu Khan and many more youngsters. Their music is complex and secular, its roots spread wide, though chiefly in Hindustani classical music.They have traveled , entertained and received appreciations from all over the world for their Music.