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Youngsters breathe new life into Gilgit-Baltistan folk styles

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By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: Traditional music and poetry in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) has been dying a slow death in recent years. However, renewed interest from locals and educated youth has seen reins of the ‘dying art’ taken up again. The shift from traditional singers to educated youth has come during the past decade when sectarian extremism squeezed out the traditional singers. The ...

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Chitrali sitar player sticks to the tricks of his trade

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PESHAWAR: Clad in a traditional dress and a thick khakhi shawl, Zainullah Khan Umerzai clutches his Chitrali sitar with pride. He is touted as one of the finest Chitrali sitar players who are affiliated with traditional Pashto music. He has also been billed as a living legend. Music vital for world peace: sitar performer Speaking to The Express Tribune, Umerzai said ...

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Hum Gilgit-Baltistan Kay Hai

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Danatum Passu

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Dance on the roof of the world

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Chitrali Dance on a tune by legendary Ustaad Jan Ali

Chitrali Dance

By Imran Hunzai: The mountain music of Northern Pakistan is unique in it’s own. Here a video of some youngsters dancing on a Chitrali tune played by Ustaad Jan Ali and his group. The dance patterns are bit different from those we see in Gilgit, Hunza and Baltistan. The Chitrali tunes are faster and the drumbeat pattern also varies from ...

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Yahaan/This Place (Beautiful Gilgit-Baltistan) by Shafqat Amanat Ali

Yahaan/This Place (Beautiful Gilgit-Baltistan) by Shafqat Amanat Ali

Tribute to  beautiful Pakistan & Specially Paradise of Gilgit/Baltistan by Great Singer Shafqat Amanat Ali. Share this:

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Karimabad Scouts Band bags first prize in Gilgit Mela Marching Band 2013

Gilgit Mela Marching Band 2013, Photo: Goher Roy

News Desk Karimabad Scouts Band bagged the top prize in the Scottish style bagpipes and drums band competition, dubbed as “Gilgit Mela Marching Band 2013,” held in Gilgit today, our correspondent reported. The event, which was the greatest battle of bands in history of GB, was attended by 13 pipes bands in addition to three brass bands from across Gilgit ...

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Gojal: The AKSJBG will train members of newly formed Nasir-e-Khisraw Pipe Band

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By Qasim Ali The Aga Khan Silver Jubilee Band Gulmit (AKSJBG) will provide training to the newly started pipe band in Upper-Gojal, named Nasir-e-Khisraw Pipe Band. A team of the AKSJBG, which has over the years won dozens of accolades for its best performance, visited Sost on Monday to participate in the opening ceremony of the newly formed band. The ...

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The drumbeat – A psychological analysis

Hunza local dance

By Didar Ali “One good thing about music is, when it hits you, you feel no pain” Bob Marley Music has remained a major source to express ones inner feelings; through instruments, composition, performance, art, fine art, sounds or silence. It has never been a confused or controversial phenomenon as its in today’s world, especially among religious and scientific school ...

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