Sarangi: A dying tradition
The Express Tribune Blogs - almost 5 years
The popularity of classical instruments, especially the sarangi, is declining in Pakistan and as a result, talented musicians and craftsmen who make the instruments are feeling abandoned.
Zohaib Hassan, who has been professionally playing the instrument for the past 10 years, is one of the very few sarangi players left in the country. Hailing from the traditional family of classical musicians — which includes the likes of Ustad Hussain Buksh Amritsari, Ustad Natthu Khan and Ustad Peeru Khan — Hassan feels that the lack of exposure and awareness is killing the instrument for good.
“One of my biggest fears is that I will drop the instrument and I would not know how to replace it; there’s a dearth of skilled craftsmen who can produce a good sarangi,” says Hassan as he plucks at his sarangi, which is over a century old.
Associating himself with the Amritisari Gharana, Hassan says that becoming a sarangi player meant keeping a family leg
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