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ON APPRECIATING AND PARTICIPATING IN Hassan Azad
 

Summary: ON APPRECIATING AND PARTICIPATING IN
RAAG
MUSIC
Hassan Azad
(My father-Rauf Ahmed Ansari- and Hayat Ahmed Khan were close friends. The seed
of the Music Conference which they planted in Lahore almost 50 years ago has now
grown, despite all odds, into a sturdy tree. There is a thriving branch in Karachi and
a nascent branch in Islamabad. This essay is dedicated to the memory and ideals of
my father and Hayat Sahib)
The classical music of India and Pakistan is one of the two systems of
music which enjoy worldwide appreciation. The following lines are
written for someone who is keen to widen his-or hers- horizons. A
genuine appreciation can only come from extensive exposure to this
music, for then one learns to sift the exceptional from the ordinary
and to appreciate the heights to which the human spirit can rise.
Like all arts, the classical music of Indo-Pak derives its inspiration
from folk elements. A composer of art music has the same relation to
folk music as a poet has to everyday language. Through centuries of
cumulative work, these simple folk melodies have been transformed
by men of genius into what are called Raags or Ragas. In contrast to

  

Source: Azad, Hassan - Department of Mathematics and Statistics, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals

 

Collections: Mathematics