Torchbearer of a tradition a couple of centuries old, Ustad Ziauddin is arguably the most capable Sitar maker in Pakistan. Winner of the Presidential Pride of Performance Award, Ziauddin is the son of Ustad Sher Muhammad, who had been one of the most prolific Sitar craftsmen of United India. Ustad Ziauddin also happens to be the only credible Sarangi craftsman in Pakistan.
Chardha & Ghizhek
A former cop, Shafqat Karim was born to be a craftsman and master woodworker. He is a hunter, a taxidermist, and a carpenter as well. Shafqat Karim taught himself to craft musical instruments to find his true calling after taking the brave step of quitting his government job, despite resistance from his family. He saw a gulf of traditional music in Hunza during the years he started off and sought to fill it with his contribution.
Mumtaz Ali Sabzal
Multiple award winner Mumtaz Ali Sabzal is an expert craftsman of the Balochi Banjo while being a maestro of the instrument. He comes from the founder family of the instrument based in Lyari and followed his father’s advice to learn to craft the instrument. Today, he crafts a banjo in a month and a half and also prepares them with the addition of a Swarmandal. He also has plans to create a new musical instrument derived from the Banjo and the Veena.
Allahjurriyo is the only known potter who can craft a Boreendo. His workshop is located in Keti Mir Muhammad Village in the Badin district in Sindh. The over-70-year-old potter crafts the Boreendo for Saeen Zulfikar who tunes it by drilling holes in the clay vessel. He is thought to be the only master craftsman of Boreendo left in Pakistan.
One of the two Suroz players left in Eastern Balochistan, the young Muhammad Jan crafts Saroz. Muhammad Jan also sings and plays the Dambura on the side. He is the son and student of Thango Khan who crafted the original instrument played by legendary Balochi artist Sachu Khan, featured in the Indus Blues project.
A student of the illustrious Ustad Khamisu Khan, Ibrahim Hajano crafts the Alghoza, which has become synonymous with the culture of Sindh. He had learned to craft this instrument in a period of one year in his teens. A passionate soul, Hajano loves his craft and makes the instrument for his teacher’s son Akbar Khamisu Khan.
Ajmal Laal Bheel
Ajmal Bheel is a member of the troupeof the folk artist Krishan Laal Bheel. In addition to being a Raanti player, he also crafts the instrument that is only played by the people of the Merwari culture. Raanti is only crafted by this community based in the Daddi Karam Khatto village in Rahimyar Khan in Pakistan.
Sattar Jogi from the Jogi community is keeping an ancient tradition alive that is specific to his own community. For an instrument that is not sold publicly, he bears a heavy responsibility on his shoulders including the others from his community. However, this rich symbol of the heritage of the Indus is fading gradually.