MUSIC

Music and human struggle have maintained a strong relationship in the recent history. Many of the major Pakistani women singers voluntarily sang for the women’s struggle and roused their audiences. The following Pakistani women singers can be seen and heard during the ASR/IWSL conferences who contributed to the resistance through their music:

 ‘An Evening with Iqbal Bano held in conjunction with the ASR Resource Centre’s conference, ‘Rio to Beijing: Take a Stand-Fight for Your Rights’, at Alhamra Arts Council in November 1995.

Iqbal Bano will always be remembered as a symbol of hope for bravely defying the restriction imposed by Zia’s regime. Iqbal Bano sang Faiz Ahmad Faiz’s revolutionary poem ‘hum dekhenge’, wearing a black sari, on the 23rd of March 1986. It was the time when Zia-ul-Haq was at the peak of his power. On that day, she defied the regime’s several restrictions articulating the public’s discontent with the regime. It was a time when even wearing a particular dress or reciting a certain poem could land someone in serious trouble.

Rubina Qureshi singing at ASR Resource Centre’s conference, ‘Process to Beijing and Beyond’, held at Alhamra Arts Council in April 1995.

Sarah Zaman singing at ASR Resource Centre’s conference, ‘Process to Beijing and Beyond’, held at Alhamra Arts Council in April 1995.

Tahira Syed singing at ASR Resource Centre’s conference, ‘Process to Beijing and Beyond’, held at Alhamra Arts Council in April 1995.

Tina Sani singing at ASR Resource Centre’s conference, ‘A Celebration of Women; Women’s Studies Conference’, held at Alhamra Arts Council in March 1994.

Students of Lahore Grammar School singing Faiz Ahmad Faiz’s ‘Aaj Bazar Mein’ at ASR Resource Centre’s conference, “A Celebration of Women; Women’s Studies Conference”, held at Alhamra Arts Council in March 1994.

Zarina Baloch singing at ASR Resource Centre’s conference, ‘Process to Beijing and Beyond’, held at Alhamra Arts Council in April 1995.