Indeed, music and love are considered as a ‘universal language’ and, both, these form an identity of my Jeejal (mother) Sindh. I remembered those days when life was like music for the people of Sindh, in particular the Sufi singers, performers and artistes, they used to consider every day lost on which they could not dance at least once, but unfortunately nowadays they are in pain and misery.
Kudos to Sindh Culture department and ‘Lok Virsa’ management to arrange such a unique Sindhi Music Concert at ‘Look Virsa’ Islamabad on Friday, where a number of folk and mystic singers mesmerized the distinguished audience from all ethnic backgrounds both, local and foreign nationals. Doubtlessly, the Sindhi music expresses that which cannot be said, and on which it is impossible to be silent. It can produce such passionate emotional response in people, which was visible in the open air hall of the ‘Lok Virsa’. Let me borrow words from Plato to define the Sindhi music, once he said, “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”
As a nation, we are living in very difficult and challenging times. I personally know many people in Islamabad, and in other parts of Pakistan, who worry about their kids playing with guns, and teenagers watching violent videos. Regrettably, some sort of ‘culture of violence’ has taken over. National exchequer is being wasted over non-productive activities and personal projection of wealth, but nothing is being done for the welfare of such rare breed of singers, artists, dancers (like the 8 years old Sajjad whose danced on traditional ‘Ho Jamalo’ and ‘Jhole Lal’ captivated every heart and mind in the music concert).
However, the Federal and Provincial governments are requested to hire, at least, one family member of these singers, artists, so that they feel economically emancipated and lead an honourable life; artists are revered all over the world and considered to be a nation’s wealth. Friedrich Nietzsche said, “Without music, life would be a mistake.” Let’s make the lives of these souls as masterpieces and not a picture of misery and deprivation in which they are now.
Islamabad, April 20.