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Music education trend grows among youngsters.

ISLAMABAD -- The trend of getting trained in musicology both theoretically and practically is gaining popularity among the young generation as many government and private institutions are considering music education as important part of their activities.

Music - the rhythm of instruments and vocals is a dream field for many youngsters but the country lacks music academies and professional training institutions in this regard.

National level institutions of performing arts like Pakistan National Council of the Arts, Lok Virsa and Arts Councils hold short courses and workshops by experts in the field and music maestros while still regular studies with theory and specialized degree in the field is demanded by the budding musicians.

"Music is an inspirational performing art and an important part of life for many while the Pakistan born vocalists and instrumentalists pass difficult stages to become master in the field as there are no specialized institutions on large scale," said Salman Adil, a popular young musician who represented Pakistan at many forums internationally.

Small institutions and organizations offer music training and education at short term classes which brings on stage many talents of music growing in Pakistan while these can become voice of nation to promote country's soft image if given a proper qualification, he said.

Pakistani music is represented by a wide variety of forms. It ranges from traditional styles such as Qawwali and Ghazal to more modern forms that fuse traditional Pakistani music with Western music.

The living legends belonging to 'Gharanas' take part in training the youth at various institutions during their stay at different places in Pakistan but still the students and amateur musicians want regular studies in music.

"Pakistan produced many internationally known singers and instrumentalists from traditional Qawali and Ghazal singing to pop music and rock bands who took the music industry on heights with their exquisite skills and became inspiration for the generations to come," he said.

A national level music academy with its centers all across the country should be established to give opportunities to music lovers for studying and projecting musical traditions of Pakistan besides promoting soft image of the country, he added.

An official of Pakistan National Council of the Arts said the PNCA made efforts to organize music classes in form of short courses, workshops and talent hunt programmes in which youngsters and children took part and were also represented at national level.

These courses are the part of PNCA's programmes for exploring the talent of young generation and providing them with a plat form to show their abilities.
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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:May 7, 2012
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