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Lok Virsa launches program on endangered musical instruments.

ISLAMABAD -- National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage on Friday launched the story of dying musical instruments with a grant musical performance by classical, Sufi and folk singer Wahdat Rameez.

'Saaz Kahani' is a beautiful six-episode program about the dying musical instruments of Pakistan. It is dedicated to exploring one unique instrument from each diverse region of Pakistan.

Lok Virsa Executive Director Dr Fouzia Saeed, Foreign Diplomats, senior officials of Lok Virsa and a large number of music lovers attended the primer of Saaz Kahani at Lok Virsa media centre.

Dr Fouzia Saeed in her welcome remarks said that the utmost aim of initiating this series of program is to not only preserve the endangered musical instruments but also to create a sense of realization among our new generation about their importance.

Moreover, it hopes to provide opportunity to unearth the next generation of music maestros all the while engaging and educating the current generation about the country's rich culture and traditions, ED Lok Virsa expressed.

Renowned TV Host and Media icon Tauseeq Haider hosted the Musical evening held at the jam-packed Media centre of Lok Virsa .

Zohaib Hassan performed a solo performance with the help of the rhythmical instrument and enthralled everyone.

Zohaib Hassan, who has been professionally playing the instrument for the past 10 years, is one of the very few sarangi players left in the country. Hailing from the traditional family of classical musicians which includes the likes of Ustad Hussain Buksh Amritsari, Ustad Natthu Khan and Ustad Peeru Khan Hassan feels that the lack of exposure and awareness is killing the instrument for good.

Renowned Music and Film Director Khawaja Najm ul Hassan proposes that the first goal should be to develop an interest for musical instruments through more live solo performances.

Wahdat Rameez said on the occasion that the popularity of classical instruments is declining in Pakistan and as a result, talented musicians and craftsmen who make the instruments are feeling abandoned.

Diplomats who attended the musical evening said they were thrilled to be a part of a cultural experience and highly appreciated the efforts of Lok Virsa in preserving and documenting the rich cultural heritage of country.

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Publication:The Nation (Karachi, Pakistan)
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Date:Jan 20, 2018
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