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Mumtaz Ali Baluch
Monday ,August 27,1990
Ayoung Banjoist in old Tradition
By: Muhammad Baig Baluch
Before 1930, Banjo was not more than a toy, At last in presence of traditional indigenous instruments like Sitaar , Beena , Sarangee, Tanpuraa, Sur-Mandal and the alien ones Like Violin, Guitar etc. (All stringed)no musician or singer even noticed the existence of banjo, like so many beautiful crafted toys from Japan, every body thought it to be an other Japan made playing thing .
Stringed with guitar neck and tambourine body, Banjo was not regarded to be tune with Indian Classical Ragas or any other regional mode of music, So, it was considered totally unsuitable for use in any of the main or regional music modes of Indian Sub -Continent, Banjo had thus remained neglected rather rejected as a standard musical instrument in colonial days, until about 1930 AD When Ustaad Gul Muhammad brought about certain changes in it and developed and transformed this hitherto toy into a full flung musical instrument, although these changes were not structural but minor ones, here & there, in shape, length, breadth and depth.
When I saw young Mumtaz Ali playing a classical Raags
in a net work of PTV he reminded Bilawal Beljam and me of two great Banjoists
of the recent past-Ustad Khaliq Dad. Surely, Mumtaz Ali was not even a
remote match to these giants in Banjo playing, yet the mere fact that
at such a young age he was playing his Banjo on PTV's network was enough
to surprise me. This is because not very long ago Banjo was a taboo on
Radio and Television. Reason, when played on a micro phone, its every
striking key unmistakably produces a pronounced distorting tick in Mumtaz
Ali's performance, but couldn't find any, because his melody was free
from such "Bad effects". I even felt slight resemblance of style
of the old Ustaad Khaliq Dad in him and this is why I was tempted to find
out who Mumtaz Ali was.
Bilawal Beljam (Beluk)
M. Usman Baloch
Maula Baksh & Nek Muhammad (Nekoo)
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