Shehzad Noor Butt, vocal teacher of The Guitar School, shares how music has slowly begun to earn its place among the youth.

Founded in 2009 and based in Lahore, the school is the physical brainchild of local music sensation, Hamza Jafri.

The interview brought into focus the contrasting nature of western harmony and eastern shruti, the latter of which was embedded within the history of Indian classical music. There persists the need for a more fundamental understanding in this trend of western-eastern fusion.

Relating to his teaching experience, we learn that playing music might have been deemed as nothing more than a cultural activity under certain contained perceptions, but there are too many instances where it had benefited music believers subconsciously. Though not immediately apparent, it no doubt has the most tenacious impact.

As Victor Hugo puts it best, “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.”

—text by Alisia Pek—

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