26 Jan '13, 8pm

In Afghanistan, teaching music to overcome war's percussion

In Afghanistan, teaching music to overcome war's percussion

A student cleans his sarod, a traditional Afghan instrument, at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music. Students at the Kabul school learn both Western and regional music. Heath Druzin/Stars and Stripes Students learn drums at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, a school aiming to rebuild Afghanistan's musical heritage through education. Half the school's students are orphans or were working on the street before coming to the school. Heath Druzin/Stars and Stripes KABUL — When insurgents launched a brazen attack that turned into a nine-hour siege in the heart of the capital, many government and Western offices shut down for the day. Down the road from the attack, young Afghan students at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music were playing Bach and Mozart, punctuated by the occasional thud of an explosion. “Why we should shut down? Give up to the Taliban?...

Full article: http://www.stripes.com/news/in-afghanistan-teaching-music...

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