Book Report On Sufi Rock Concert

Sufi Rock Concert

By Anuj Malhotra



Music is the universal phenomenon of peace and mankind. This was re-affirmed at the concert held at the Wang Center, Stony Brook on Wednesday evening. The singer, Dr. Salman Ahmad is a Pakistani doctor who changed profession for his passion for music. After listening to the amazing music of the Pakistani rock star Salman Ahmad and his answers to many interesting questions, I was really curious about music in South-Asian countries and I am also sure that other students were too. Events like these help the students understand the role of music and musicians. For example, Salman Ahmad is the Goodwill Ambassador for HIV/AIDS in Pakistan. Not only is he working towards spreading awareness about HIV in South Asia, he is also helping to bring peace between Pakistan and India as an artist. If not the music, such events generate some sort of tolerance and curiosity for different religions, cultures and people. I have been to other Asian-American events and I get the same vibe from all of them. To quench my curiosity, after the concert I went back home and saw the movie which we were going to see during the concert; “Islamabad: Rock City”. The movie is a story of a very unlikely rock band who managed to defy politics, culture and fundamentalism all in the name of music.

After attending two events Sufi Rock and Taxi to the Dark Side, I get a sense of equality and parity. While Taxi to the Dark Side tackled a very serious problem related to humanity and ethics exercised by a war-torn country. The Sufi Rock concert gave a sense of belonging and a feeling that even in this world in war, there is still room for love and respect for other cultures, other religions and other people.