Brave Mu­si­cians

Southasia - - Editor’s Mail -

It was fas­ci­nat­ing to read your story on young Afghan mu­si­cians who con­tinue to pur­sue their pas­sion re­gard­less of the many odds against them. It is true that many in the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity only view Afghanistan through a prism of war and have a me­nial un­der­stand­ing of the real-time changes tak­ing place in the coun­try. While the in­ter­na­tional me­dia por­trays it through a cer­tain bias, ground re­al­i­ties show a healthy level of in­sta­bil­ity and in­se­cu­rity, es­pe­cially as the coun­try gears up for a demo­cratic tran­si­tion. In such a sce­nario, Afghanistan, with its rich cul­tural his­tory of mu­sic and the per­form­ing arts, must make con­certed ef­forts to pre­serve its tra­di­tions. The Afghanistan Na­tional In­sti­tute of Mu­sic is one such in­sti­tute that does this. The youth of Afghanistan is brave, passionate and ex­tremely tal­ented. To pro­vide them with a venue to hone their tal­ent and find peace and success in an oth­er­wise war-torn and un­sta­ble na­tion is very com­mend­able. Mu­sic is a uni­ver­sal lan­guage that is not con­strained by bor­ders, gen­der, age or eth­nic­ity. It is heart­en­ing to learn that young girls are also equally in­volved, be­com­ing a part of this move­ment and that Afghanistan is train­ing its next gen­er­a­tion of world-class mu­si­cal tal­ent. Mooed Ma­sood

Dubai, UAE

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