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I read The Kite Runner back in 2008 and since then I have been in love and very much intrigued by the Afghan history. A Thousand Splendid Suns and The Bookseller of Kabul were subsequently added to my library. I have enjoyed all three books a lot, they are my most favorite books of all time.

Recently, I came across an ad on the newspaper about a concert by ensembles of Afghanistan National Institute of Music and it was to be held at Carnegie Hall right here in New York! The whole thing sounded magical – music from a country I’m smitten over, music from a war-torn country, music from people who suffered for decades and were forbidden to play any sort of music…and at a prestigious venue – this event was not to be missed! A few years ago, this wouldn’t even have been possible.

The performance was beautiful beyond words, it brought tears to my eyes. The whole thing was much more than a musical concert. I see these passionate and skillful youngsters, who make up the ensembles, as the bright hope of a nation yearning for peace and stability. And I hope the rich history and tradition of Afghanistan will come to life through this selfless endeavor.

 

More readings:

Afghanistan National Institute of Music
How do You Get to Carnegie Hall? Start in Kabul.
‘Bolero’ on Instruments Ravel Never Dreamed Of – Afghan Ensembles at Carnegie Hall

 

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