Video Blog: Singing for peace

Published: September 2, 2011
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French author George Sand wrote in a letter to her friend in 1872:

“Art for art’s sake is an empty phrase. Art for the sake of the true, art for the sake of the good and the beautiful, that is the faith I am searching for…”

Mankind’s struggle against ugliness is as ancient as the human existence itself. In these times, as we continuously witness new wars and bloodshed in the name of “civilizational conflicts”, Sand’s statement should be the manifesto of every creative person. Sadly, in our not-so-pure land, commercial artists of every medium continue to produce material which doesn’t serve the people in any way.

Meanwhile, AMAN, the band, stands as a unique example of our upcoming music landscape. Comprising of six female vocalists, it is the first band in Pakistan dedicated to singing the anthems of peace, coexistence, harmony and secularism in a society where all of these are mere words.

With Entity Paradigm’s famed Salman Albert as their technical advisor, AMAN consists of vocalists who are also social activists, working for different development organizations.

The presence of such socially relevant artists is surely vital in today’s Pakistan. Art for life is what we need, as art for the sake of art is the philosophy of the well-fed only.

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Ammar Aziz

An independent filmmaker and political activist who teaches film theory at NCA. He blogs at ammar-aziz.blogspot.com and tweets at @ammar_aziz

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