On the occasion of The National Day of Pakistan
Ambassador of Pakistan to Lebanon, H.E. Aftab Ahmad Khokher and the American University of Beirut
cordially invite you to attend a
Live Musical Performance by Pakistani Artists
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Assembly Hall, AUB
Violin is a wooden string instrument in the violin family. They are most prominent in many varieties of folk music. The violin has come to be played in many non-Western music cultures, including The Sub-continent music and Iranian music. Ustad Raees Ahmad Khan is a violin virtuoso of Pakistan and has been awarded ’Pride of Performance’ (one of the most respected awards from Government of Pakistan).
Tabla is a South Asian membranophone percussion instrument (similar to bongos) consisting of a pair of small drums. The tabla consists of two single headed, barrel shaped small drums of slightly different size and shapes: Each is made of hollowed out wood or clay or brass, the drum laced with hoops, thongs and wooden dowels on its sides, which are used to tighten the tension of the membrane. The musician uses his hand's heel pressure to change the pitch and tone color of each drum during a performance. Ustad Ajmal is the leading Tabla player of "Punjab Gharana" (Punjab family). Pakistan Government has conferred the prestigious Pride of Performance Award on Ustad Mohammad Ajmal in recognition of his distinguished merit and outstanding achievements in the field of music.
Dholak is a South Asian two-headed hand-drum.It may have traditional cotton rope lacing, screw-turnbuckle tensioning or both combined: in the first case steel rings are used for tuning or pegs are twisted inside the laces. The dholak is mainly a folk instrument
Alghoza is a pair of woodwind instruments adopted by Punjabi, Sindhi, Rajasthani and Baloch folk musicians. It consists of two joined beak flutes, one for melody, the second for drone. The flutes are either tied together or may be held together loosely with the hands. A continuous flow of air is necessary as the player blows into the two flutes simultaneously. The quick recapturing of breath on each beat creates a bouncing, swinging rhythm. Akbar Khamiso Khan is carrying his father's legacy by playing this instrument.
Rabab is a lute-like instrument carved from a single piece of wood. It has a short neck and many strings that can be plucked or played with a bow. It derives its name from the Arab rebab which means "played with a bow". Gulab Khel Afridi, a maestro Rubab player, began his musical career at a very young age by playing harmonium but his spiritual guide advised him to learn to play rubab.
Dhol is a double-sided barrel drum played mostly as an accompanying instrument in regional music forms. The typical sizes of the drum vary slightly from region to region. The dhol is played using one or two wooden sticks, usually made out of bamboo and cane wood. The stick used to play the bass side of the instrument, known as the dagg, is thick. The other stick, known as tihli, is much thinner and flexible and used to play the higher note end of the instrument.
Flute or Bansuri, is a family of musical instruments in the woodwind. Just like a flute, the bansari is also an aerophone or reedless wind instrument that produces its sound from the flow of air across an opening. Salman Ahmed is one of Pakistan's renowned bansuri players.
Banjo is a four, five or six-stringed instrument with a thin membrane stretched over a frame or cavity as a resonator, called the head. The membrane, or head, is typically made of plastic, although animal skin is still occasionally but rarely used, and the frame is typically circular. Mr. Khalid Mehmood is a leading Banjo player in Pakistan and has been awarded for his brilliant performances.
The sitar is a plucked-stringed instrument. It is believed to have been derived from the veena, an ancient Indian instrument, which was modified by a Mughal court musician to conform with the tastes of his Mughal patrons. Shabih Sen, a professional sitarist, takes pride in being the 18th generation of the seniya gharana (Mian Tan Sen was among the prominent courtier of Akbar, The Great). He masterfully performs different styles of music including ghazal, geet, folk, and classical etc.
Live Musical Performance
by Pakistani Artists
1 Salman Adil
Afreen Afreen (Urdu)
2 Gulab Khel
3 Shabih Sen
Abdul Qadir (Arabic)
4 Khalid Mehmood
5 Akbar Khamisu
Surr Tilang (Sindhi)
6 Raees Ahmed
7 Mohammad Ajmal, Shehryar Bakshi, Nadir Hussain and Mohammad Khan Tabla, Dhol, Dholak
Folk Beats (16 beats)
8 Raees Ahmed
Dunya kisi kay piyar mein (Urdu) 5 min.
9 Salman Adil
Albintal shalbiyat (Arabic)
10 Salman Adil
Chaap Tilak (Punjabi)
11 Gulab Khel
Tujh ko Qasam (Pashto)
12 Raees Ahmed
Chaandni Raatein (Urdu)
13 Khalid Mehmood
Man Aamad-e-am (Balochi)
14 Akbar Khamisu
Pari Pavindissan (Sindhi)
15 Shabih Sen
Eastern Western Fusion
16 Mohammad Ajmal, Shehryar Bakshi Tabla (Solo)
17 Raees Ahmed
18 Raees Ahmed, Salman Adil & Shabih Sen
Violin, Flute & Sitar
Laal Meri Pat Rakhio (Dhamaal)