ISLAMABAD: National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) on Thursday organised a Muzakra – a literary session – titled, Endangered and Extinct Musical Instruments of Pakistan.
Director General at the Office of the Auditor General of Pakistan Sheraz Haider was the guest of honour at the occasion. The speakers, in their discussion on the topic, illuminated the details of the extinct and the endangered instruments through description and visuals.
At the same time, they also deliberated upon the threats, challenges, opportunities and possible revival of such instruments through an open and interactive session. “It was a matter of grave concern that this music and these musicians are dying out. We need to preserve this music and part of the problem is that this is an expensive instrument that most people cannot afford. There are no institutions teaching instrumental music, and we need to teach this free of cost to save it,” the speakers added.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 28th, 2018.