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Gulberg III, Lahore 54662 Pakistan
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If lovers of music had nostalgic memories, the musicians were totally frustrated. The height of despair was reflected in the decision of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan to leave the country. Soon after, Roshan Ara Begum announced that she was giving up Riaz as no one seemed interested in listening to her music. Her announcement jolted concerned citizens into action. Accepting the challenge, they decided to find ways and means to revive and rejuvenate the seemingly lost but rich and glorious heritage of our classical music.
Forty-five years ago, on 15 September 1959, these concerned citizens met at the famous Coffee House of Lahore and launched a voluntary organization under the title and style of The All Pakistan Music Conference.
The main objective of the APMC was to promote music and musicians by organizing concerts, conferences and festivals. It was decided to hold, as soon as possible, a large event on national level to focus attention on our melodic culture.
A festival of folk, light, semi-classical and classical music was announced for 19-23 February 1960. Spread over five evening and two morning sessions, the festival was an instant success. Musicians from all over the country had participated. People from all walks of life, from all the big cities, Dhaka, Quetta, Karachi and Peshawar, and from towns and villages all over Pakistan attended the concerts in large numbers. The programme started daily at eight in the evening and lasted for five to six hours with the last evening closing a couple of hours after sunrise – a glorious day had dawned.
The festival was the first major step which gave new lease of life to music in Pakistan. Followed by monthly concerts, it helped promote this noble art. Simultaneously, the festival helped project musicians. Great masters of whom the general public had not even heard and who were hidden even from the discerning eye were brought to the fore.
Maestros like Qadir Bukhsh Pakhawaji, Nazakat Ali Khan, Salamat Ali Khan, Amanat Ali Khan, Fateh Ali Khan, Barkat Ali Khan, Sharif Khan Poonchwalay, Sardar Khan, Nathu Khan, Allah Ditta Pari Paikar, Shaukat Hussain, Nazim Ali, Munir Sarhadi, Zahida Parveen, Sadiq Ali Mando, Khamisu Khan, Sain Akhter Hussain, Latafat Hussain Khan, Niaz Hussain Shami, Naseem Begum, Nabi Bakhsh, Umeed Ali Khan, Zahoori Khan, Adbur Rashid Beenkaar, Tufail Niazi, Talib Hussain, Lal Muhammad, and of course, Roshan Ara Begum warmed the hearts and uplifted the souls of millions.