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ANIM wants people to respect music, artistes

ANIM wants people to respect music, artistes

Mar 07, 2018 - 18:21

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) has earned several international awards recently and has drawn a number of deprived girls and boys to learn music.

Inaugurated in 2010, the institute has been providing instructions in three disciplines -- general education, special Afghan music education and global music training.

ANIM follows the curriculum introduced by the Education and its students graduating from the 12th grade are eligible for appearing in the university entry test.

The institute has two departments, schooling students on playing western and eastern tools of music. Rabab, ghechak, tabla, tambur, dilruba seta and sarod are the major eastern musical instruments students learn at the institute.

In a serene environment, the students are also taught violin, saxophone, trumpet, piano, guitar and other types of instruments. ANIM focuses on supporting the most disadvantaged children --orphans, street vendors and girls.

This Pajhwok Afghan News reporter visited the institute and held discussions with some students and officials. The place is different; no news of fighting, violence and insecurity. There is music all around.

Nazeera, one of the students, said: “I was admitted to the institute’s kindergarten and have been learning music for the past seven years. I have participated in concerts in the US, Oman, Germany, Switzerland, Turkmenistan, China and India.”

While urging people to respect music and stop opposing the art, she says this virtuosity shows Afghanistan’s soft image that needs to be promoted globally.

Nasir Sarmast, head of ANIM, says many of students are those who lack the opportunity to learn. The institute currently has 250 students, compared to 100 in 2010.

He hopes the number could surge to 300 this coming year. ANIM has won the musical right award (2010), the best regional performance award (2015), the open musical award, the global musical award and other global accolades.

He said members of the institute would make trips to India, Switzerland and Portugal in May this year to introduce Afghanistan’s music to the world.  ANIM was included in the top 100 global institutes in 2017.