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Classical Musician couple worried about fate of their instrumental music students in Afghanistan

Kolkata, August 27

Classical Indian music instrumentalist couple Pt Abhishek Adhikari and Dr Murchana Adhikary Barthakur, who used to teach sitar and sarod to their students in Afghanistan, are now living in worry about their students after the Taliban take over of Kabul.

They are in touch with some of their Afghan students through Facebook Messenger.

The couple had been associated with the Afghan government run institute of instrumental music – Afghanistan National Institute of Music – from 2012 till 2019 October and afterwards quit from the institute and returned to India.

They were reverentially addressed, as Ustad Abhishek and Ustad Murchana in Afghanistan.

After 2019 at personal initiative, the duo continued to impart online music classes to eager female and male students in Kabul till things came to a standstill due to Taliban take over of Kabul in mid-August.

Pt Abhishek told PTI from somewhere in north India on Thursday, “our students are scared to practice or listen to music as Taliban is against music. Secretly a few of my students, living in the same neighborhood, gathered at one’s residence to listen to Indian classical music audio kept with them. They did that after closing the door and windows and ensuring not a single decibel goes out.”

“As they informed me about this yesterday, I asked them to be always careful about their life and safety,” the affable music teacher couple who had been visiting the Kabul Institute twice a year from 2012 and from 2015 onwards shifted there till the 2019 departure said.

“Our institute director told me the other day he wishes all the music teachers and students can leave Kabul, but that seems to be fraught with uncertainty currently as the Taliban doesn’t want Afghan nationals to leave,” he said.

“When they took over Kabul this time, Taliban initially claimed they would not do any harm to artistes, professionals, that they would not prevent women to carry on their professions. They would not take away personal liberty. But going by the reports pouring in from there in the past few days, it seems even if there are moderate voices in the militia, that has been taken over by the hardliners who strictly believe that music and art should not be practiced and women should live indoors,” he added.

“We went there from 2012 to 2015 as guest teachers twice in a year. From 2015 to September 22, 2019 were there as permanent Sitar and Sarod Faculty,” he added.

The institute had around 350 students interested in Indian classical instrumentals. — PTI

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