Lok Virsa to discuss “Ethnomusicology of Sindh” tomorrow (Thursday)


ISLAMABAD, Mar 6 (APP):National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage, Lok Virsa will hold Muzakra session on “Ethnomusicology of Sindh” here on March 7 at its media center.

The session will endeavor to present a broader cultural picture, explore the history and typology of “Ethnic Musical Heritage” of Sindh.
Although music genres are not classified at the local level in Sindh yet there are ten main genres of music of this territory that include Folk Music (Instrumental), Folk songs, Ritual Songs, Spiritual/Religious expressions, Songs describing topics from common life in lighter format, Rendering of poetry with ‘Chang’, Narr-Bait, Bhagti School of thought, Music of Shah Latif, Classical (Shastri Sangeet), Semi-Classical, Kaafi and Kalaam, Sung (Sachal Sarmast School of thought), Revolutionary Music (raised during the times of ban on speech), Ghazal and light music. The format of each genre will be discussed with examples.

Mr. Abdul Haq Yasir Qazi will be the guest speaker. He is a cultural expert, poet, writer, artist, researcher, radio and TV broadcast journalist and a PhD scholar serving radio broadcast since 1995.
During his long career he has served as Director at Karachi’s office of PNCA for four years and also worked as consultant with Culture and Tourism department of Sindh.

He has written three books of children’s poetry in Sindhi language all of which are awarded as “best children book” of the year by Sindh Language Authority, Government of Sindh and Institute of Sindhology.

His fourth book is also in Sindhi language pertaining of essays, write ups, and columns written by various writers about great poets of Sindhi language.

The Muzakra fortnightly series is an interactive session in which audience can engage with the guest speakers during the question and answer session. It is regular part of Lok Virsa’s activities to preserve and promote the various forms of heritage in the country and highlight the magnificent cultural legacy of Pakistan, said the organizers.