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
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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