The phrase ‘music has no boundaries’ may sound like an overused cliché but it is one of those rare hackneyed statements that will never lose its meaningfulness. The seven notes that musicians employ to exhibit their art and to woo music lovers fundamentally remain the same no matter which part of the world they’re played in. What Italian classical pianist Marco Giliberti and tenor Mariano Sanfilippo managed to do with sitar player Ustad Nafees Ahmed and his team through their distinct performances at a concert titled ‘Music Without Borders’ at the National Academy of Performing Arts (Napa) on Tuesday evening endorsed the observation that even in its most experimentally ‘fused’ form music can be an experience like no other.
The show started off with Ustad Nafees Ahmed’s rendition of raga kalavati. He was accompanied on stage by Ustad Bashir Khan (tabla). Nafees Ahmed, a Napa’s faculty member, did not take long to get into the groove of the pentatonic scale, playing the softer notes with the kind of feeling that’s required for the raga, nicely supported by Bashir Khan who kept things unfussy and simple. Their synchronization in terms of ending set-pieces was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience. (complete)
Zeb Bangesh, Mohsin Hamid, Rashid Rana & @NJLahori on the Irtiqa’s #Art & Societal Development. Wonderful discussion on sexuality, nationalism, identity and pluralism. #log #photos #Pakistan #Lahore #social #culture #history (at Ali Institute of Education, via umalik)
Globetrotting singer Shehzad Roy was recently in Rome on invitation from Pakistan’s Ambassador to Italy, Tahmina Janjuwa. The Pakistan Embassy in Rome in collaboration with Zètema Progetto Cultura, an agency of Rome’s Municipality, had organised the concert last week in Villa Borghese, the second largest public park in Rome, and was part of La Notte dei Musei (The Night of Museums). The solo show presented Pakistan’s rich heritage — especially its music and poetry — to the Italian audience.
La Notte de Musei is an important event on Rome’s cultural calendar. On the night, a series of events such as concerts, plays and other cultural performances are organised at various locations throughout the city. It was indeed a privilege to have Shehzad Roy perform at one of the most prestigious spots in Rome. The audience included representatives of the Italian government, cultural and media leaders, the diplomatic corps as well as Pakistani and Italian community members. (complete)