"Music of Indus: The Essential Raag" has been created to archive, develop and promote the classical music of Pakistan. Pakistan’s classical musicians – even the living giants of the tradition – have suffered from a tragic lack of attention from the modern recording industry, resulting in a deep void of professionally recorded, world-class, classical music. The musicians themselves are exposed to poverty and adversity. Compared to their counterparts in other parts of the world, who are pursuing classical music through artistic endowments and sales of their records, Pakistan’s artistes are often forced to support themselves through menial labor. They continue to compose and perform their music only because they understand that classical music, like lofty metaphysical concepts or sublime artistic creations, has the rare ability to transcend tribal differences and unite people through inspired human genius. That genius is our heritage, a heritage that Music of Indus intends to preserve.
The project features 19 Master Pakistani Artistes, with all original works recorded in high-definition audio, showcasing the traditional and ancient classical styles of vocal, instrumental, solo and Sufi Qawwalis. A total of over 600 minutes of audio music.
The project is presented in ten audio CD’s, a documentary film on a DVD, showcasing artist interviews and studio performances, a Best of Works video illustration DVD specially mixed in surround sound 5.1, a 106 page hard cover book, all packaged in a handsome wooden case. The project showcases some of the best classical musicians of South Asia, different ‘gharanas’ and their unique performance styles.