KARACHI: – SANGAT, Raag-based fusion music concert, a melodious blend of East and West was presented by music artistes of Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music- the University of Texas at Austin, USA in collaboration with Pakistani artistes from NAPA, in the function which was held on January 06th, 2017 at National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA).
Fourteen performances were presented in the program which mostly included instrumental music, a very melodious combination of Western and Eastern music, while instruments included Sitar, Cello, Tabla, Flute, Sax, Guitar, Keyboard, Trap-set, Clarinet, Tuba and Rhythm Section. The NAPA choir contributed in some performances.
The highlight of the evening was the famous Qawali of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan ‘Allah Hu’. The way the American artiste sang it was remarkable. It was well received by the audience.
The other performances of the event were improvisation based on a famous Thumri melody and poem, Karachi to Austin, Morning, Sun of the 10th, Moon of 15th, Tum, Hansadhvani, Hasandvich, Taal Bandan, Music Senza Confine, Raageshri, Me & Mike, DarabiJazz and Malkouns.
Sonya Seeman- Director of the event said Music brings people close together. It was a wonderful experience to be able to bring the students of NAPA to the University of Texas- Austin in collaboration with the NAPA for this concert.
Kamran Ali who teaches at the University of Texas- Austin informed about the whole journey experience when the students of NAPA visited the US. Students came to them, time to time during their different semesters. He also informed that the American artistes who performed at the concert were present here for almost one month for this collaborated performance with NAPA students.
It was a wonderful event for the audience, as well as for the young artistes of NAPA who got an opportunity to further improve their music talent by working with international artistes.
The legendary artiste Zia Mohiyeddin also graced the event, while John Warner, Acting Consul General USA for Public Affairs attended the event and appreciated the artistes’ performances.