Taliban fear : threat to the future of classical music in Afghanistan, musician couple expressed concern
The Taliban is moving towards the establishment of a radical Islamic regime in Afghanistan. According to the Taliban, music, and satire are forbidden in Islam. In such a situation, it cannot be imagined that under the shadow of the Taliban, classical music will flow in Afghanistan. In such a situation, what will be the future of those who were once considering classical music as the goal of life and were engaged in its sadhana?
Recently, famous Afghan comedian Nazar Mohammad was killed by Taliban terrorists. In view of these circumstances, Indian classical musician couple Pt. Abhishek Adhikari and Dr. Murchana Adhikari Barthakur, who once taught sitar and sarod in Afghanistan, are worried about the lives of their students.
The official couple said that from 2012 to October 2019, they were associated with the Institute of Instrumental Music and the Afghanistan National Institute of Music. They say that there was a lot of love and respect. The students called him Ustad Abhishek and Ustad Murchhana. After 2019, they started online classes for students wanting to learn music in Kabul due to Covid, but everything has stopped since the Taliban took over. However, through Facebook, he is in touch with some students.
Our students are afraid to listen and practice music, says Pt. Abhishek, because the Taliban is against music. Some students gather in one place to listen to Indian classical music with doors and windows closed so that no one else can find the country. Pt. Abhishek told that the Director of the Music Institute told him that all the music teachers and students wanted to leave Afghanistan, but the Taliban had banned them from leaving the country. The official said that 350 students of the institute were taking classical music education.