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Kuljit Bhamra MBE, British composer and tabla player

Journeying through the Old City of Lahore, the heart of Punjab, you are bombarded by an assortment of noises and smells. The calls of vendors in the bazaar, the smell of fresh-cooked naan, the clink of coins as they are dropped into the merchant’s hand, they all lure you out on the street. Yet in this colourful background, something is missing. What, you may ask. It is the rhythmic beat of the tabla, the melancholic song of the sitar, the strong, throbbing melody of the rubab. These instrument were a means of livelihood and entertainment to all. Now they are gone. Save the Sitar is a blog with one mission: to spread awareness about the disappearance of these instruments and help save them. For these are not only sources of livelihood or entertainment, these are parts of our culture. Read More…

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Zohaib Hassan

Zohaib Hassan Khan (b.1987) is a sarangi-player who associates himself with the Amritsari gharana. He learnt how to play the sarangi from his uncle, Ustad Bakhtawar Hussain Khan Sahib, as his whole family played the sarangi. His ancestors included the noted Ustad Hussain Bakhsh Khan Sahib, Ustad Peeru Khan Sahib, Ustad Nathu Khan Sahib andContinue reading “Zohaib Hassan”

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Niaz Khan (b.1993) is an instrument-maker, surmandal-player and singer. His father was an amateur flute-player, but used to work as an electrician professionally. He has two brothers and two sisters, and has two daughters as well. His family had no tradition of playing classical music, and in fact disapproved of his choice of music asContinue reading “Niaz Khan”


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