A nightingale from Lahore up the night at the Indus Valley School of Art

Karachi:April 02:The three-day 13th All-Pakistan Music Conference (APMC) got off to a flying start with some of the country’s most talented amateur musicians performing on Friday evening at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture (IVS).

The evening featured three ‘khayals’, a transverse flute recital, and a qawwali by Najmuddin Saifuddin. All the performances were really astute and masterful, but the one that really stood out was the opening ‘khayal’, Raag Jaunpuri, most adroitly rendered by a young academician from Lahore, Ayesha Ali.

She held the audience spellbound with her highly mellifluous voice and her marvelous breath control, transiting from the lowest notes to the highest ones with fluent ease and her cadences were so measured. She was accompanied on the tabla by Muhammad Azam.

Ayesha, who is a professor of mathematics at the Lahore School of Economics, is presently a pupil of Ustad Parvez Paras. Her main training is in ‘dhrupad’ by Hafiz Khan Talwandi, and her class was evident as she really stole the show.

Another engrossing performance was the transverse flute recital by Akmal Qadri, again from Lahore. Qadri, who happens to be the grandson of the noted folk musician Sain Marna, rendered a beautiful melody, ‘Raag Hans Dhun’. The tune exudes diversity with slow, lilting, melancholy movements alternating with lively, vibrant ones.

At no juncture did he fumble or run out of breath, and held the music fans who were there in large numbers spellbound with what was, indeed, an astute performance.

Besides, there was a ‘khayal’ rendered by Mehmood Ali Khan that was most deftly executed, and the qawwali by Najmuddin Saifuddin, that too was highly appreciated by the audience.

The APMC is a not-for-profit organisation which has been endeavouring since 2004 to promote indigenous arts and sub-continental classical music.

With a mission to preserve our cultural heritage, the APMC festival is free and open to all music lovers.

Over the past decade, the APMC’s main focus has been on; making traditional dance and music accessible to all through free and open events, establishing a membership base, and establishing links with local and international organisations to provide a platform to provide greater exposure to our performing arts and their practitioners.The news.