Sounds from two continents mesmerize audience at Pakistan National Council of the Arts

Musicians from Pakistan and Poland mesmerized the audience of twincities here late Saturday at Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) with their melodies in a live concert \”Poland-Pakistan; Sounds from Two Continent\”.
The event was jointly organized by The Embassy of Republic of Poland in Islamabad and Ministry of National Heritage and Integration with performing artistes Maria Poianowska, Marta Solek Mlynarska, Dr Taimur Khan, Muhammed Ajmal Khan and Muhammed Azam Khan.
The event aimed to bring musicians from Poland and Pakistan closer and help strengthen cultural ties between the countries.
Through this tour and cultural exchange programme, there will an exchange of ideas, information, values, traditions, beliefs and other aspects of culture with the intention of fostering mutual understanding of the cultures of both Poland and Pakistan, the organizers said.
Azam Khan hails from a strong musical tradition-family. He is the son of the legendary Bakshi Salamat Qawwal. As a vocalist, he belongs to Qawwal Gharana, He has also mastered classical, semi classical, ghazal and sufi forms of vocal music.
He has been performing for more than 45 years on many reputable music programmes .
The event also featured instrumental music on Bilgoray Suka by Maria Pomianowska, Suka is a traditional Polish folk instrument.
Dr Taimur Khan is a prominent Sarangi player and a leading disciple of Ustad Allah Rakha – the last great living Sarangi maestro of Pakistan. The Sarangi is a bowed, short-necked instrument found in Pakistan and other parts of the Indian Subcontinent.
The sounds of sarangi is said to be as expressive and evocative as hundred colors.
Muhammed Ajmal Khan is a leading Tabla player of \”Punjab Gharana\” and a pupil of the late illustrious Tabla Maestro, Miyan Shaukat Hussain. In recognition of his outstanding achievements and distinguished merit, he was the recipient of the prestigious President pride of Performance Award by the Government of Pakistan.


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