Masters of the Afghan rubab, the tabla and the dayra gathered recently at the Ismaili Centre, Burnaby where they conjured the rich musical legacies of Central Asia.
The stirring performance by Homayun Sakhi, Salar Nader and Abbos Kosimov on 4 November, took place in collaboration with the Aga Khan Music Initiative before a distinguished audience from academia, civil society, public service, and the arts community. It was prefaced with an address by the British Columbia Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.
“Culture,” remarked the Honourable Ida Chong, “is an avenue where we truly can learn from one another. It creates understanding, and that is very important in the kind of world that we live in.” Minister Chong went on to underline the role of cultural expression and preservation in sustaining vibrant community development. She noted that the preservation of culture through musical traditions and musical talent fosters an understanding of our shared human heritage.