Rawalpindi- (Educational Reporter)The Department of Anthropology in collaboration with the Department of Urdu and Fine Arts organized a workshop on “Ethnomusicology”. The workshop was conducted by renowned Anthropologist and Ethnomusicologist Dr. Amelia Maciszewski, who is an award-winning musician, teaching artist, scholar and founder of Sangeet Millennium from USA. She is deeply committed to leading persons of various backgrounds and abilities regarding exploring the diversity of performance traditions in the world.
She expressed her concerns that in Pakistan, Ethnomusicology is an under-developed field and research on music is often brushed off as something not so serious. She said that music must be taught in schools and universities because it develops critical thinking in children and makes them smarter. She hoped that in a short visit to Pakistan, she could get time to hold music workshops in more local universities. In this regard, Dr. Maciszewski’s visit has been beneficial for the students and faculty members in understanding ‘Anthropology of Art’ and ‘Aesthetics’ in terms of its origins, concepts, history, evolution and structure. She further added that Ethnomusicologists is the study of wonderful array of musical types, locations, processes. During workshop she delivered lectures, as well as arranged live performance workshop on Ethnomusicology.
Chief Guest was Dr. SarwetRasul while Dr. Muhammad Bilal Incharge, Department of Anthropology, Dr. SurriyaChaudhary,Incharge Fine Arts Department and Dr. FarhatJabeen, Incharge Urdu Department were also among the attendees. A large number of faculty members and students from various departments also attended the event.