Music and culture in Pakistan: Top Five Sarangi Nawaz of Pakistan

Sarangi players

Sarangi is a stringed instrument of the Indian sub-continent. It is one of the most difficult instruments to play and fortunately Pakistan has some specialist sarangi players. The greatest Pakistani sarangi player of all times was Ustad Allah Rakha.

Ustad Allah Rakha was born in pre partition India and learned the art of sarangi playing from some of the big names of that time. He was associated with the Radio Pakistan Lahore and Rawalpindi. He gave performances in many countries of the world. Ustad Allah Rakha devoted his life to classical music and he also received the Pride of the Performance Award for the services rendered.

Ustad Ghulam Hussain Shaggan is one of the finest Pakistani sarangi players. He was acclaimed as a legend in the world of classical music and his long lustrous career is full of many awards, titles and acknowledgements he received from millions of admirers. The government of Pakistan honored him with the Sitara-e-Imtiaz and the Pride of Performance award.

People tuned to the Radio Pakistan Karachi to especially listen to the sweet notes played by the sarangi maestro Ustad Natho Khan. Ustad Nathoo loved music would be an understatement as he lived and breathed music. Ustad Nathoo played this complex instrument effortlessly and enthralled the audience whenever he tugged the strings.

Another noted Pakistani sarangi player from Karachi is Muhammad Hussain. He learned the art of sarangi playing from Ustad Ashiq Ali and Ustad Jeeroo Khan. He was associated with Radio Pakistan Multan for thirty years and later came to Karachi where he was employed by the National Academy of Performing Arts.

Akhtar Hussain Khan is a fascinating Pakistani sarangi player of the present generation who has won accolades from music lovers for his performances. He has done solo performances also plays with other musicians as well.

Author MairaS:
Webpreneur. CEO ContentCreatorZ Pakistan. Managing Partner Media Marketing Services.

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