Photos: Afghan music scene going silent under the Taliban

A month after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, the music industry is fearing going under. The last time the

Published on Sep 29, 2021 03:53 PM IST 8 Photos

Fighters from the Haqqani network are seen inside a room of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul, on September 16. In the alleys of Kharabat, a neighbourhood in Kabul’s Old City, families where music is a profession passed through generations are looking for ways to leave the country after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan on August 15.(Bernat Armangue / AP)

An Afghan musician plays the harmonium in Kabul, on September 16. “The current situation is oppressive,” Muzafar Bakhsh, a 21-year-old who played in a wedding band told AP. His family had just sold off part of its belongings at Kabul’s new flea market, Chaman-e-Hozari. “We keep selling them … so we don’t die of starvation,” said Bakhsh, whose late grandfather was Ustad Rahim Bakhsh, a famous maestro of Afghan classical music.(Bernat Armangue / AP)

Disassembled beat instruments sit in one of the rooms of a musician in Kabul, on September 14. Afghanistan has a strong musical tradition, influenced by Iranian and Indian classical music. It also has a thriving pop music scene, mixing electronic instruments and dance beats to more traditional rhythms. Both have flourished in the past 20 years.(Bernat Armangue / AP)


An Afghan musician poses for a portrait with his dilruba in Kabul, on September 18. Asked whether the Taliban government will ban music again, spokesman Bilal Karimi told The Associated Press, “Right now, it is under review and when a final decision is made, the Islamic Emirate will announce it.”(Bernat Armangue / AP)

Lights shine at a no longer operative Karaoke hall in Kabul, on September 21. Some karaoke parlors have closed. Others still open face harassment, AP reported.(Bernat Armangue / AP)