May 2010

Roshan Ara Begum

By |May 11th, 2010|

Twenty years ago on December 6, 1982, Pakistani classical music in particular and that of the subcontinent in general, was impoverished by the death of vocalist Roshan Ara Begum, who was known as Malika-i-Mauseeqi — the queen of music. Although she hailed from Calcutta, […]

Ghulam Ali

By |May 11th, 2010|

Like the tree that branches out as it ages, so too grows the fountain of wisdom. Ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali is one such man who despite being an icon in his trade, is humble to a fault. It seems fame hasn’t touched him. However, […]

Ustad Salamat Hussain

By |May 11th, 2010|

I met the flute maestro in a not-so peaceful setting, with people looking down from a tall and ugly apartment block, and the noise of buses and rickshaws plying nearby. The dirty, noisy, smoke-filled city notwithstanding, the discourse with one of the greatest classical […]

Munir Sarhadi

By |May 11th, 2010|

A music concert is on, continuing till the wee hours of the morning. Many vocalists and instrumentalists are showing their skills. Every performer thinks that his was the best performance on the stage. One girl in the audience is overwhelmed by the performance of […]

February 2010

Abida Parveen

By |February 6th, 2010|

Born in Larkana in Sindh in 1957, she received her early training from her father Ghulam Haider Khan. Starting out with radio, she later made mystical and devotional songs celebrating the great saints of Sindh and Punjab her speciality. She has a powerful voice […]