Save the Sitar

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I really love what [Save the Sitar] is doing … keep up the good work!

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 colorful background, something is missing. Where is the music? That’s where we come in. Save the Sitar aims to create a thriving culture of Pakistani classical music that will remain true to its roots while having a strong worldwide presence. Lofty goals aside, what have we achieved so far? What is our detailed mission statement? What’s our history and who are we?

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No-one is quite sure what the sarangi’s name is meant to mean. Some argue that it comes from the Persian for ‘three strings’, while others claim that it means ‘a hundred colours’, a reference to its incredible musical range. Whatever it means, one cannot deny that that very name is now synonymous with Pakistani classicalContinue reading “The Sarangi”

Uncovering the Untold Half

Legend has it when the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb banned music, his court musicians decided to appeal to his sense of mercy to save their livelihood. One Friday, as Aurangzeb was going to the mosque, he saw an elaborate funeral procession being carried by the musicians, who were ‘crying aloud with great grief, and many signsContinue reading “Uncovering the Untold Half”


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