Sunday, 11th October 2015 | 4:00 pm
Join us on Friday evening for an enlightening talk by Ally Adnan on the History, Art and Performance of Qavvaali.
Ally Adnan is an enthusiastic and indefatigable patron of the arts. He has a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and has headed several business units in a number of multi-national telecommunications firms. His true love, however, is the arts.
Ally is a collector of arts, antiquities and music. His art collection of more than six thousand (6,000) pieces, includes original works by Abdul Rehman Chughtai, Ahmed Parvez, Ali Imam, Allah Bux, Bashir Mirza, Anwar Jalal Shemza, Gulgee, Jamil Naqsh, Joan Miro, M F Hussain, Marino Marini, Pablo Picasso, Sadequain, Sayed Haider Raza, and many other artists. His collection of music includes eighty (80) thousand hours of unpublished live recordings of music from South Asia. He recently donated a portion of his music collection to the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan, where the archive is named after him. Antique Japanese cloisonné, English sterling silver, Persian and Afghan rugs, Russian icons, Chinese snuff bottles, Muslim prayer beads, and Tibetan thangkas are among other items that he collects.
Ally started writing about the arts at the age of eleven (11) and is one of the few journalists of Pakistan who have written about music and the performing arts consistently for almost four (4) decades. His writings have appeared in Dawn, the Friday Times, Good Times, the Herald, the Nation, She, Upstreet, V Mag and a number of other publications. His articles about Ustad Fateh Ali Khan, Ustad Ghulam Hassan Shaggan, Ustad Shaukat Hussain Khan, Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, Asad Amanat Ali Khan, Iqbal Bano, Malika Pukhraj, Tahira Syed, Nayyar Noor, Shaukat Ali and Madam Noor Jehan constitute a veritable archive of serious biographical documentation of Pakistani musicians.
Ally sits on the board of a number of institutions and organizations including the Indian Classical Music Circle of Dallas & Fort Worth and heads the After Hours organization which is dedicated to supporting South Asian art in the United States. He is also a Visiting Professor in the Department of Musicology at the Punjab University.
Date: Friday, 16th October 2015
Time: 7:00PM onwards
Entry: Free! (Please support us by donating to Sabeen Mahmud Foundation)
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