The Golden Voice Lives On

In the Ice Candy Man, written in the backdrop of 1947’s Partition, Bapsi Sidhwa wrote: “And the gramophones and speakers mounted on tongas and lorries scratchily, endlessly pouring out the melody of Noor Jehan’s popular film song that is now so strangely apt,” Mere bachpan ke sathi mujhe bhool na … Read more

Classical Music in Pakistan Is it dying a slow death?

It was raining since morning. I had walked home from school drenched and, having eaten my lunch, was lying on the charpoy under the thatched roof of our railway quarter in Tiger Pass, Chittagong. I loved the rain. The man at the small tea house in Deevan Haat across the … Read more

Khursheed Anwar – The Great Master

Incidentally, the two contemporaries – Khursheed Anwar and Sajjad Hussain – were not only appreciative of each other’s work but had many similar traits as well. Both were highly temperamental, believed in purity of the indigenous music, could not tolerate any interference in their work and had generally a ‘who … Read more