Islamabad: Pakistan’s Punjab university has embarked on a project to save original sound tracks and reels of classical movies from India and Pakistan that many fear may be lost for ever due to poor maintenance.
The 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.
Timney said the original recordings of most Indian and Pakistani music, including work of artists like late 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 praised India for saving the originals of their music and movies and Pakistan should follow on the same path. Pakistani music was deteriorating in quality because the keyboard is played in most songs with the absence of an orchestra, Timney was quoted as saying by the Daily Times.
Timney commended Adnan Samis music and said the local artists need to add more acoustic instruments to their music. Radical Islamist organisations have been conducting a Taliban-style campaign for closing down music shops and have protested against the university’s attempt to popularise classical music, calling it “anti-Islam”.
The Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) disapproved the establishment of the Musicology department at PU because it said playing and hearing “music was against Islamic belief”.