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PU music dept plans drive to save film music

LAHORE, May 7(Daily Times): Musicology department of the Punjab University (PU) will organise a project where students will visit production houses and people related to film and music industry and ask them to keep records of original sound tracks and reels of classic movies, said Keith Timney, a music teacher at PU, on Saturday.

He said the original recordings of most Indian and Pakistani music, including work of artists like late Madam Noor Jahan and Mehdi Hassan, and reels of old movies were lost.

He said remixes had become popular because originals had been misplaced, which is why people had lost their taste for classical music since no one got to hear any original songs. He added that India had started saving originals of their music and movies and Pakistan should follow.

Pakistani music was deteriorating in quality by the day because the keyboard is played in most songs with the absence of an orchestra, he said. He commended Adnan Sami's music and said the local artists needed to add more acoustic instruments to their music.

He lamented over the poor quality of Pakistani lyrics and cited the example of Turkish music, and how it started where Pakistani music stood now, and has now improved a great deal.

The Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) disapproved the establishment of the Musicology department at PU on the pretext that music was against Islam. They protested many times against PU administration in this regard. The IJT members had also sabotaged the PU Pharmacy Festival because there was a concert at the event.
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