tuesday 8th march

7 pm “Sounds From The Heart” a robab recital by Ustad Daud Khan Sadozai ( Afghanistan ) 

The Afghan Robab is a long-necked lute that is carved from a single mulberry tree trunk. The sound body is covered with a goatskin with a bridge and  three playing strings.  

Throughout Afghanistan the Robab is one of the dominant melody instruments due to its versatility and its haunting sound. It is played on all ceremonial occasions and is the principal instrument of Afghan folklore. It has played a central role in the spiritual music of the Sufis. It found its ultimate expression for the Sikhs as their first Guru, Nanak  travelled through most of India and Central Asia for 27 years preaching his verses accompanied by his Muslim disciple Bhai Mardana playing on the Rabab.  

The instrument reached the courts of North India in the 17th century and  was modified in form and style of play to become the sarod. In modern times the tradition of the classical sarod had been kept alive by Ustad Muhammad Umar whose great knowledge and his deep musical expression on this instrument has been inherited by his disciple Ustad Daud Khan who is trying to preserve this authentic style of his master’s school. 

Daud Khan, was born in Kabul in 1955.  He studied Robab  with Ustad Muhammad Umar. He also studied the Sarod with Ustad Amjad Ali Khan in India whose ancestors had brought the Robab from Afghanistan to India. 

Daud Khan has frequently performed all over Europe and participated in many international music-festivals including  Weltfestival der Laute in Frankfurt, Nacht der Mogule in Munich , Festival Musicale del Mediterraneo in Genoa. He has also performed in festivals in the US, France and Morocco. 

Since 2004 Daud Khan is performing with the Ensemble Radio Kabul in concerts and festivals all over Europe and abroad. He also heads the Academy of Indian Music in Cologne, founded by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan.  

His CDs include: 

    • Tribute to Afghanistan
    • The voice of the mystics (Jaffar Hussain Khan-Qawwali)
    • The soul of sound (Ustad Muhammad Umar-Robab)
    • A world of string and sound (B.L.Sopuri-Santoor) 

His son Dorran Ahmad Sadozai studies the Robab with his father.   



monday 21st march
4 & 6 pm (2 showings of 2 documentaries)

 'Posheeda Qadam - Hidden Footsteps'

 'An Ode To The Mystic City - Androon Lahore'

Running time each film: 30 Minutes. Language: English.

By Nageen Hyat

‘Posheeda Qadam’— highlights the history of the struggle of women against domestic and cyber violence and the discriminatory laws affecting women and minorities.

The documentary features Pakistani senators Raza Rabbani and Sherry Rehman, as well as prominent members of civil society, feminist activists, as well as the views of Kamla Bhasin from across the border.

“An Ode to the Mystic City – Androon Lahore,”

 The cultural heart of Pakistan is the city of Lahore. The capital of the Sikh kingdom of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in the 19th century and earlier an important centre of Mughal power, up to the present day, Lahore retains a uniquely distinct ambience. Akbar built a thirty feet high fortified wall around the city with twelve gates in the 1500’s. The entire structure of the walled city is based on Mohallahs, Koochas, Katras and Galis, representing centuries-old contributions by Afghans, Tughlaks, Lodhis, Mughals, Sikhs and the British.

This documentary highlights not only the lives and problems of the residents of the Walled city but also its rich art and culture, its beautiful heritage sights and its vibrant street life. The historical references are gleaned from the ‘Shahi Guzargah’ (Royal Trail), a conservation project that links many of the landmark monuments of the Walled City, including the Delhi Gate, Shahi Hammam, the Chowk Wazir Khan Wazir Khan Mosque, Sonheri Masjid, Chuna Mandi Girls College, the Begum Shahi Mosque and the Lahore Fort.

There will be a short discussion after each documentary.

Nageen Hyat is a Rights & Social Activist and Founder-Director Nomad Art & Cultural Centre, Islamabad. Nomad’s mission is to promote the rich heritage of Pakistan through art and culture, crafts development, human rights, and peace. Its program “Art for Social Change” has made major contributions in creating awareness and providing skills training and income generation schemes for artists and members of various communities. Another program, “Shanaakht – A Nomad Forum for the Arts,” is a voluntary group involved in fund-raising, art workshops, film screenings, talks, and presentations that offer a platform for fledgling artists, poets and writers.