A folk music school in Gilgit, keeping native traditions alive

A folk music school, Bulbulik, is a kind institution teaching indigenous music in the remote Gojal valley of Hunza district. The students of music school are making efforts to revive musical traditions that are on the verge of extinction. It is established by the Gulmit Educational and Social Welfare Society with the help of USAID to keep native traditions alive. There may be little support but that has not discouraged the institution from doing what it loves, playing Pamiri music.

Bulbulik is teaching music with conventional instruments like ghazxek, surname, tutek, gabi and sitar in the local Wakhi language. More instruments include flute, pipe and drum will be taught to many different groups of learners over a time of one year.

This Music School needs support and attention from the government and other organizations for its enduring sustenance. The musicians feel happy when onlookers cheer for them; when they play their soothing lullabies, the native Pamiri finds a voice.

Jamming at Bulbulik Music School (Source : Dawn News)
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