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April 21, 2016

All Pakistan Music Festival to start on April 22


April 21, 2016


Karachi is a culturally thriving city of the country, and throughout the year, the city holds many cultural festivities for the people of Karachi. 

In a way, the metropolitan city reflects the mood of the whole country, and the credit goes to the Arts Council, Karachi, which has been playing a very important role in promoting music, besides other literary and cultural activities in the city.

These views were expressed by the incharge admin committee of the Arts Council, Ahmed Shah, while speaking at a press conference in connection with the three-day All Pakistan Music Festival being organised by the Arts council. 

The festival will be held from April 22 to 24 in the Arts Council auditorium from 8pm till late night.

President Arts Council Prof Ejaz Farooqui, Treasure Shehnaz Siddiqui, Chairman Drama Committee Talat Hussain, Chairman Music Committee Kashif Grami and Chairman Special Events Committee Asjad Bukhari were also present on the occasion.

Ahmed Shah further said that our traditional music instruments were gradually fading away and it was mandatory that these instruments remain in vogue in the world of modern day music. 

This was why the All Pakistan Music Festival was being held by the council, he said.

Legendary musical figures, including Ustad Hamid Ali Khan, Ustad Salamat Hussain (flute player), Farhan Raees Kham, Bashir Khan (sitar and tabla player), Ishtiaq Bashir, Fatah Ali Khan, Ghulam Abbas, Abdullah (Shehnai -double-reed conical oboe-player), Mazhar Umrao, Bundo Khan, Humair A Channa, Niaz Ahmed (Harmonium), Mohammad Ali, Akhlaq Bashir, Nand Lal, Mumtaz Sabzal (Banjo) and Zafar Ramay, will perform at the festival.

Ahmed Shah informed the media that every year the Arts Council would hold three music festivals.

This particular festival doesn’t include pop and rock stars because an exclusive festival for these artists will be held next month. Folk and Theatre festivals will be held after Eid-ul-Fitr.

In the end, President Arts Council Prof Ejaz Ahmed Farooqui thanked the media for covering the council’s activities and making people aware of them.

The press conference was also attended by the governing body members, including Haseena Moin, Dr Fauzia Khan, Saadat Jafri and Sohail Ahmed. 

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