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Ustad Noor Bakhsh (PAK)

Ustad Noor Bakhsh

Ustad Noor Bakhsh (PAK)Ustad (= master) Noor Bakhsh from near Pasni on Baluchistan’s Makran coastal region. This ustad’s instrument is the benju – an amplified zither with a keyboard and soundbox. Aged nearly 80, he’s played benju since boyhood. His virtuosic playing has roots deep in Baluchistan’s musical forms. Informed by Pakistan’s multilingualism and enriched by his knowledge of South Asian ragas, of Persian and Kurdish melodies, film hits and folk tunes, his performances are a total celebration of life. A chance of a lifetime to see this ustad and his modified Baluchi benju.