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Patari releases “The Gulmit Anthem” by Bulbulik Music School

Patari, a Pakistani music streaming app, has released “The Gulmit Anthem” performed by students of Bulbulik Music School in upper Hunza. The track was released on Patari’s website as part of its new music series called Fanoos which is produced and directed by Zohaib Kazi.

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Patari releases "The Gulmit Anthem" by Bulbulik Music School

Patari, a Pakistani music streaming app, has released “The Gulmit Anthem” performed by students of Bulbulik Music School in upper Hunza. The track was released on Patari’s website as part of its new music series called Fanoos which is produced and directed by Zohaib Kazi.

Patari had earlier announced that it is featuring two artists from Gilgit-Baltistan for the very first time on its website. Patari had formerly no music from entire Gilgit-Baltistan, however, with the two musicians made part of a series which has so far been well received, there seems to be some hope for G-B based musicians.

The original song  žu Dur žu jon was written by Wakhi poet Nazir Ahmed Bulbul.

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Bulbulik Music School is part of the Bulbulik Heritage Center in Gulmit which is working on reviving the lost Wakhi music. The band has performed at various big events like Music Mela, Hunza Cultural Festival, and Folk Mela at Lok Virsa in Islamabad.

Islam Habib Hunzai is another artist from Gilgit-Baltistan who will be featured in Patari’s Fanoos. The next episode of the music series is expected to be released in the coming week.

Despite having diverse and rich folk music, Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral (GBC) has not been given the deserved coverage; be it the commercially launched musicals like Coke Studio or independent music initiatives. Artists like Irfan Ali Taj, Salman Paras and others have been trying to make some waves with their personal efforts but it is about time the music of the mountains gets recognized at bigger arenas.

Listen to The Gulmit Anthem on Patari

Imran Hunzai is a Digital Media Consultant and activist based in Islamabad, Pakistan. When free, he likes to travel, do photography and play Rabab. He also runs a HONY inspired blog called Humans of Hunza. Follow him of Twitter @ihunzai.

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In Pictures: His Highness Aga Khan’s First Visit to Hunza in 1960

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Aga Khan in Hunza 1960
Photos: Abdul M. Ismaily

On this day in 1960, His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan made his historic first visits to Hunza and laid down the foundation of what we know as a model valley today. Since then, Hunza has come a long way and developed into a model valley for many. Every year on 23rd October, Ismailis of Hunza Valley celebrate this day as “Salgirah” to commemorate Aga Khan’s visit to Hunza for the first time.

During the first visit of His Highness Aga Khan to Hunza, photographer Abdul M. Ismaily took numerous photos that remained unseen for decades. However, in 2016, Simerg Photos released a number of pictures of this historic visit with the permission of Abdul M. Ismaily’s family.

On this happy occasion for the Ismailis of Hunza, GBee is pleased to share some of the photographs from Aga Khan’s first visit to Hunza in 1960.

Attached by pulley to the third cable was a wooden box, five feet square, with sides rising 18 inches. This was the only way to Hunza. The five journalists which included two Americans were horrified, and despite urging from Pir Ali Allana, the Aga Khan’s advance man, none would get into the box. Far across the river, men pulled on a rope, and, swaying and shaking, the box shot out over the swift-flowing stream of Hunza River. Today, the Nasirabad Bridge stands in this place.
Ismaili Volunteers with community leaders during the preparations to receive H.H. The Aga Khan at Baltit Polo Ground in Karimabad, Hunza.
Col. Ayash Khan, the brother of Mir Jamal Khan, the last royal ruler of Hunza, is seen standing in a uniform with members of the royal family of Hunza outside the royal palace in Hunza where His Highness the Aga Khan resided during his visit in 1960.
Aga Khan first visit to Hunza Valley 1960
Aga Khan in Hunza 1960

H.H. Aga Khan in conversation with Mir of Hunza.
Aga Khan in Hunza 1960
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AKAH Celebrates Global Handwashing Day 2019

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A Hunza school girl at Al Murtaza School in Hunza Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan
AKAH in collaboration with other AKDN and government agencies is campaigning for “Clean Hands for All”. Photo: Imran Hunzai / AKDN

Aga Khan Agency of Habitat (AKAH) in close coordination with other Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) agencies, Government Departments, civil bodies and media groups celebrated Global Handwashing Day 2019. 

A number of activities and events were designed and organized at the school level across districts in Gilgit- Baltistan. These activities aimed at campaigning for better hygiene. 

school kids in Aga Khan Diamond Jubilee School Hunza Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan
Global Handwashing Day 2019: Aga Khan Agency for Habitat, through its School Health Improvement Programme (SHIP), is sensitizing school children and management across vulnerable communities for hygienic practices, including handwashing with soap.
A Hunza kid washing hands
AKAH is spreading smiles through providing access to safe drinking water and educating communities for handwashing with soap, under its Water And Sanitation Education Programme (WASEP), to prevent diseases and save lives.
AKESP Global Handwashing Day 2019
Students at AKES, P school in Chatorkhand are demonstrating handwashing in an event organized to campaign for hygienic practices on Global Handwashing Day.
school kids in Al Murtaza School Hunza Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan
The students of AKES, P school in Murtazabad Hunza are learning the steps of Handwashing with the help of health hygiene trainers.
Representatives of AKDN on Global Handwashing Day 2019
Representatives of AKDN agencies emphasized addressing “Handwashing disparities to prevent diseases and save lives”, in events organized to mark Global Handwashing Day, 2019.
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