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Classical music in Pakistan is being kept alive through festivals and the All Pakistan Music Conference. PHOTO: AFP
KARACHI: The Tehzeeb Foundation will be organising its annual music festival this December in Karachi at the Arts Council Auditorium.
The couple behind the foundation – Sharif and Malahat Awan – addressed a press briefing at Koel Cafe on Wednesday afternoon.
The one-day event, set to take place on December 5, will have participants from all over Pakistan including Pride of Performance recipient sitar nawaz Ustad Rais Khan along with his son Farhan Khan, Ustad Fateh Ali Khan of the Gawalior gharana, Ustad Naseeruddin Sami, Fariha Pervez and sarod nawaz Asad Qizilbash.
The event will also feature Indian veena player and Grammy Award winner Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt.
The Awans were formerly associated with the All Pakistan Music Conference for 15 years until three years ago when they “branched out and created Tehzeeb Foundation out of a passion for classical music and theÂ fine arts.”
Malahat Awan, who is the president of Tehzeeb Foundation, said, “We want to introduce the decorum of listening to classical music, something we have seen in performances held in India and the United Kingdom. Our objective remains the preservation of classical music and fine arts in Pakistan. For the past three years, Tehzeeb Foundation has been busy doing that. This is our second annual festival. Last year we held the very first Tehzeeb Festival at the Hindu Gymkhana.”
“This event is going to be a treat for listeners of classical music and will be tiresome for those who don’t appreciate it,” said Malahat.
“We love the art and the artistes, hence this initiative.”
The general secretary of the foundation Sharif Awan said, “This is an event in which we want to bring quality music for the listeners of classical music. We see that old performers are fading out and we want to preserve their music.”
Sharif said that since the foundation’s inception, they have also worked on archiving music and have recorded Ustad Rais Khan’s music.
According to him, “While pop music is a very exportable commodity of Pakistan, classical music is not even exposed abroad.”
As a part of its future projects, Tehzeeb Foundation plans to announce Tehzeeb Awards in the categories of classical music of the subcontinent, folk music of Pakistan, as well as awards for Urdu poetry, Urdu prose and for fine arts.
Source :Published in The Express Tribune, November 25th, 2010.
Musicians don’t retire; they stop when there’s no more music in them.It happened when Ali Azmat flew to America to play live in shows with the “Crunchy” guitarist-vocalist Omran Shafiq. And with Ali Azmat, the Bassist accompanied was ,GOOD OLD, Brian O’Connell..
Ali and Brain were in touch all the time, probably missing the “MAGIC” in their collaboration everyone witnessed in Junnon’s live performances. These people are artists. These people are musicians. They’re taking it out and trying to express it this way.People want to see musicians play things that come from their mind and heart in real time, responding to the moment. So, Omran, Ali and Brain.. its gonna be a blast…
Why do musicians release song on Websites first and then on TV Channels?
By Danish Mughal
I have been asked an amazing question from an upcoming artist “Why do musicians release their song first on websites & then on TV Channels ? ”
Well, as being an Administrator of a Music Sharing Website I think there are certain factors due to which musicians prefer to release their song via websites , some of them are as follows:
More Popular Among Youth
In Availability of Video
1. Instant Release
The very first reason to release music on Websites is “Instant Release” . Normally, it doesn’t take more than 1-2 days to release a song on websites. Sometimes, a song released within an hour of its submission(only where pro-active team members like us are working : p). On the other hand, TV Channels take some time airing a particular video & they can’t release a single song without its video.
2. Instant Feedback
By releasing the music on websites first, Musicians get immediate feedback from their target audience which is not available in mass communication. If the feedback comes positive then they move to the next level and make a video for it and go ahead with their work & vice versa. Feedback helps musician to observe the taste of the audience and also motivates as well as help to learn more their mistakes. Indeed, it is the most important factor which force musicians to release their songs online.
3. Popular among Youth:
Internet has become an important part of the life of the younger generation. In a recent survey the results showed
Similar scene in Pakistan is developing these days. Today, most of the young people who has Internet access, spend more time online than watching TV. Thus, It is clear from the survey as well that Websites are more popular among Youth than TV Channels.
4. In-availability of Video:
A single track can’t be on-aired on tv channels until the musician is ready with its video.So, here internet again fills the gap and give musicians a chance to throw their singles online and get benefits from “Instant Release” & “Instant Feedback” factor, even if they don’t have a video of the song.
Airing a music video on TV Channels is more lengthy & tiring process than submitting & releasing your video on websites.
6. FREE PROMOTION
Ultimate benefit is, Music Websites give musicians a free chance to submit, release & promote their songs & not a single penny is charged from them in many cases. It has also been observed that Musicians happily spend Rs. 40,000 on a song recording but do not spend Rs. 4000 on its effective promotion.
After reading all these factors, now you may have the idea that Why Musicians release their music first on Internet & then on TV Channels.Â So, I close this topic by saying that there should be no doubt that