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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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 Pakistan’s Sitar Story”
“What?” you might be asking, “this is a surbahar? It looks like a regular sitar! Cheaters! I was promised a new instrument not an old one! Quacks! I want my money back!” But fear not, gentle reader. This is, in fact, a surbahar, despite all evidence to the contrary. This instrument, which is also sometimesContinue reading “The Surbahar”
The fifth episode of our series is here! In this episode, we will yet again learn a new tabla composition form, the vistar, as well as how it is related to the kaida. Get ready!
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