Music Culture in the Yasin Valley of Gilgit Baltistan, Northern Pakistan

Date: 01 August 2016
Location: Ismaili Centre Dushanbe, 47, Ismoil Somoni Avenue, Dushanbe, Tajikistan
9 July 2016, 17:00

Wajahat Shah 

Music student Wajahat Shah will deliver a presentation on the culture and music of the Gilgit Baltistan of Northern Pakistan. He will introduce the rich music culture of the Yasin Valley, his home region located in the northwest region of Gilgit. A geographically beautiful and culturally interesting place, Gilgit Baltistan is home to different linguistic groups with diverse cultural patterns. Wahjahat Shah’s presentation will introduce us to this culturally rich place through a discussion of the region’s people and culture, and with a live performance of regional music. This lecture is open to music and ethno musicology students and specialists, and to a broader audience interested in regional and international cultures and music.
Wajahat Shah is a music student of Lahore’s National College of Arts in Pakistan. He was born in Yasin valley in 1992 and finished his primary and secondary school there in 2010, before moving to Gilgit and enrolling in English school. In 2013 Shah enrolled in the Musicology Programme at Lahore’s National College of Arts, majoring in vocal singing. Shah plays music and conducts research in the field of Music Studies. He is currently engaged in research on the folk music of Yasin (tehsil) in Gilgit Baltistan, titled “An Analytical Inquiry into the Folk Music of Yasin.” While conducting fieldwork in his hometown, Shah has explored the historical connection between Central Asian music culture and Yasin folk music, through similarities in the lyrical content, melodic structure, rhythmic patterns, intonation of notes, musical instruments and culture. 
The presentation will be conducted in English.
Ismaili Centre Dushanbe, 47, Ismoil Somoni Avenue, Dushanbe, Tajikistan

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* The views presented in this lecture are those of the presenter and not necessarily those of the University of Central Asia or any of its staff
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