The Spell Binding Side of Life

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Kashif Moten with Ustaad Ashraf Sharif Khan (Nominee Pride of Performance)

Art is the soul of life and life can be so much more beautiful if you just change the way you look at it. As preposterous as it may sound, but it’s true, for the past several years the spare time of our lives has been engulfed by the news channels, promoting fear, uni polar political discussions and enforcing paid agenda. Living in a country where the sounds of bullets seem are more frequent than fire crackers, bomb blasts have become a routine, sectarian violence, target killings pick up every now and then and among other stresses of life our politicians degrade each other religiously on national television.

Somewhere in the midst of all this #SanatInitiative and #GoetheKarachi are showing the world a lighter side to life. For the past few years Sanat has been promoting art and artists from around the world and particularly from Pakistan whilst Goethe is hosting a series of several art shows and musical programs. It was a pleasant night for an outdoor evening when recently the German Consulate Karachi at its premises hosted a mesmerizing fusion music night with Ustad Ashraf Sharif Khan  (nominee for the Pride of Performance award in Pakistan) & Viktor Marek a musician par excellence. Together the chemistry of music was well balanced and critically tuned.

There was a time when there were a handful of connoisseurs in Pakistan but now thanks to galleries and exhibitions, art is finally becoming an industry. I believe it’s important for people to engage themselves in to the world of art, culture, poetry and music so that we can all get a break from these political shenanigans and appreciate the finer things in life. As I look forward to the Jazz and Electronica concerts in the near future.

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