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Protection, boosting pure Afghan music a national need

 Ustad Ulfat Ahang is one of the beloved, popular classic musicians who has learned classic music from late Ustad Mohammad Hussain Sarahang, the Afghan top and qualified musician and then he traveled to India, stayed there 12 years and learned music from Ustad Monawar Ali Khan and Ustad Pandet Amarnat Khan. He received the title of professor and first degree music deploma.

He travelled to  several countries and gained considerable achievements.
Ustad Ulfat Ahang has over 600 songs and several music albums including Rahi-e-Maikhana, Gharib Nawaz, Moqam-e-Kharabat. All of his albums contain Qawali songs which have been presented to enthusiasts of his voice. Ulfat Ahang has also prepared composes for well-known Afghan singers including Hangama, Bashir Ulfat, Fawad Ramez, Fereshta etc that attracted attention of other musicians.
In an exclusive interview with The Kabul Times reporter, Ustad Ulfat Ahang said If we have a glance at the past of Afghan music, we find that Afghan-India music are common.
Beside that excavations that took place in most parts of Afghanistan by archeologists, nd several sculptures discovered that all of them show thousands years old music of Khorasan, Afghanistan-Indian.
He clarified, there is a place in Afghanistan called Khawja Khordak or “Kharabat street” in which there was a school or institute of music which has brought up several acknowledged classic artists including late Ustad Sheida, Ustad Rahimbakhsh, Sarahang, Nabi Gullate Ustad Natoo etc who have left behind rich musical heritage.
Ulfat Ahang added, there is two kind of music. 
The first one is knowledge on music that is learned by artists in music school and the second one is imitative music from Iran, Tajikistan, US, Europe and India. Even a number of youth perform remix songs to attract the attention of audiences while their lyric and compose is unknown.
He went on to say, the Ministry of Information and Culture led by minister Abdul Bari Jahani has recently taken positive steps in the field of music and classic musical orchestra of the Music Department. We hope as a result of this initiative, our original and classic music would be rehabilitated and survive.
Ulfat Ahang asked the MoIC to employ 14 long standing musicians who are part time contractors with the Music Department, officially and use their knowledge and experiences.
Ulfat Ahang is currently living in Canada. He was invited to attend Silk Route festival which was due to be held in Bamyan province, but due to July 23 explosion in Dehmazang area, Kabul the festival was postponed and he failed to attend it.