Dhrupad Revival – The Oldest Style of Classical Singing at T2F

Join at The Second Floor for Dhrupad Revivial with Aliya Rasheed on Tuesday, 10th March at 8:30 PM!

About the Singer:
Pakistan’s only female Dhrupad singer, Aliya Rasheed’s shy appearance belies her powerful voice. She was one of six siblings to be musically inclined and thanks Allah and her lack of sight for it. “If I was able to see the real world, haqeeqat, then maybe I would not have been singing. It is Allah’s dua (blessings) that I can pick up sounds in one or two tries,” she believes. It was a strange twist of fate that she was born with poor eye sight that culminated in blindness.

When Aliya Rasheed moved to Pakistan from the UAE in 1986 to be closer to extended family, she continued her academic studies in Iqbal Town. She was the leader of her school’s choir that sang patriotic songs in Urdu and Punjabi. Her parents bought her a baby Grand piano that she would spend hours playing. A family friend introduced her to the director of Lahore’s Sanjan Nagar Institute of Philosophy and Arts, Raza Kazim, and she started to train in music. Rasheed’s captivating voice caught the attention of Shubha Surendran, an accomplished master of the surbahar (vocal music in the khayal style) who was conducting workshops at the institute who urged Kazim to send her to the Gundecha Brothers in Bhopal, India, for further training. There, Aliya mastered the Dagar gharana which has just a few practitioners in Pakistan.

Her circle of life in music is now complete as her student Ateeq Ul Rahman learns Pakhwaj at Bhopal. Music has given Rasheed a way of life. She teaches at the National College of Arts in Lahore and in Sanjan Nagar Trust School. She has never let her handicap get in her way and scoffs, saying, “Being blind is nothing. Not doing something because you’re blind is a handicap.”

Date: Tuesday, 10th March 2020
Timings: 08:30 PM – 09:45 PM
Location: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Rs. 500/- (Available at Venue)
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/673692156707158/

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