(MENAFN – Tribal News Network)
Jarsanga was among 15 winners to receive the 2022 Aga Khan Music Awards during a gala concert at the Musical Arts House, Royal Opera House Muscat.
Jarsanga has been honored with the prestigious award for his career-long dedication to orally transmitted traditional Pahsto music. Apart from Jarsanga, another Pakistani singer Sain Jahoor also received a special mention at the award.
His Highness Syed Bilarab bin Haitham Al Said and Prince Amin Aga Khan presented the winners with their prizes. The award presentation marked the end of a spirited two-day celebration where the winners performed live or presented in short films. Acclaimed tabla player Ustad Zakir Hussain was presented with a special Lifetime Achievement Award at the opening night concert of the Music Awards on 29 October.
This evening’s program features performances by Penny Candra Rini, an Indonesian composer, improviser, vocalist and educator; Yasamin Shahhosseini, an Iranian oud player who is reimagining the oud’s place in Iranian music; the Tehran-based Golshan Ensemble, which performs Iranian classical music; and Soumik Dutt, a sarod player from the UK who fuses his training in Hindustani classical music with pop, rock, electronica and film soundtracks to raise awareness of pressing social issues including climate change, refugees and mental health.
The winners of the 2022 Music Awards were selected by a master jury from a field of nearly 400 nominees from 42 countries. They share $500,000 in prize money and will have professional development opportunities. These opportunities include commissions for the creation of new works, contracts for recording and artist management, support for pilot education initiatives and technical or curatorial advice for music archiving, preservation and dissemination projects.
In his closing remarks, Aga Khan Music Awards Director Fairuz Nishanova expressed gratitude for the invitation from the Sultanate of Oman to celebrate the awards in Muscat on behalf of the Music Awards and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. Collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports of Oman; Royal Opera House Muscat and its House of Musical Arts; and the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra, which performed at the program on 29 October. Quoting Prince Amin Aga Khan’s speech at the award winners’ previous evening performance at the House of Musical Arts, he added, “We could not have hoped for a clearer demonstration of the power of music to unite us despite our many apparent differences. , and to influence our passions and our dreams.”
The winners’ performances and awards were presented in front of a packed audience at the House of Musical Arts, Royal Opera House Muscat. It included Omani dignitaries and officials, members of the diplomatic corps, musicians and academics, international guests of the Music Awards including the Award Master Jury and Steering Committee, and representatives of many AKDN institutions.