Sadarang Archives Launch Sponsor a Musician Initiative

Sponsor a musician scheme

A new initiative is being launched by Sadarang Archives aimed at safeguarding musical traditions in danger of falling into oblivion. The basis of the scheme involves sponsoring a number of classical musicians over a period of twelve months.

The primary reason for starting the scheme is to ensure that an essential part of our cultural heritage does not fall victim to historical neglect. Classical music has been on the demise in Pakistan for over fifty years and urgent steps are require to halt the stagnation.  It is hoped that this initiative will highlight the importance of our musical heritage and form an important step in the propagation of classical music.

Aims and Objectives

The major aim of this initiative is to ensure certain classical music traditions are propagated to the next generation. The scheme hopes to achieve the following objectives:

  •       Provide financial assistance to a number of senior exponents in order to transfer their knowledge to the next generation of musicians.

  •       Create awareness amongst classical music enthusiasts of talented musicians benefiting from sponsorship and promotion.

  •       Encourage other art-promoting organisations to start similar schemes in order to halt the demise of classical music.

  •       Highlight the progression of each sponsored musician through the medium of this website.

  •        Facilitate a congenial environment for the growth and promotion of classical music in Pakistan.

Focus of the Scheme

The scheme will primarily focus on promoting the sarangi due to the fact that there are only a handful of exponents left in Pakistan today. Widely considered as one of the most difficult instruments to play, the sarangi is a bowed stringed instrument of the Indian sub-continent. The instrument is mainly used in accompaniment with classical and semi-classical forms of vocal music due to its ability to replicate the subtleties and nuances of the human voice. With the passing away of many senior practitioners, youngsters are not being groomed to replenish the void. Musicians have often lamented that they cannot teach students or family members due to financial constraints. This scheme aims to alleviate their financial burden and create an encouraging environment to impart musical knowledge.

The scheme will also promote the pakhawaj, another instrument in danger of disappearing from the concert platform. With only a single performing pakhawaj player in Pakistan today, immediate attention is needed to safeguard the tradition of this austere instrument. Other talented musicians featured in the scheme include a bansuri player and vocalist.

How the scheme will be initiated and monitored

The first phase of the scheme is to generate funds to finance the project and we urgently require the assistance of our readers, multinational companies and philanthropists to make this venture successful. A PayPal account has been set up to facilitate donations and amounts are also being accepted via money order and personal cheque.

Once we know how much funds have been raised, focus can be placed on the number of musicians to support. Each musician will be paid on a monthly basis. As a compliance check, the names of all donors will be included on our website with the amount they are donating towards the cause.

A board to manage the scheme has been set up comprising of individuals from the music and business sectors. Eminent ghazal and thumri vocalist Salamat Ali is the Artistic Consultant who has been given the task of monitoring the progress of the scheme.




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Board Members

Saqib Razaq (UK) Chairman

Riaz Ahmad Barni (Pakistan)- Sponsorship Liaison Manager

Salamat Ali (Pakistan) Artistic Consultant

Raghib Razaq (UK)  Media Consultant

Sachin Fing (UK) Manager

Gurinder Singh (UK) Coordinator

Shams Talukdar (USA) Advisor



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