Tokyo modal music lab Written by Takayuki Ueda

Why introduce Hunza, Pakistan, the setting of Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, in Japan?

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Hello, I’m Takayuki Ueda from Tokyo modal music lab
I’d like to talk about the folk instruments and songs of Hunza in northern Pakistan, which is said to be the setting of the Japanese anime “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.
I’d like to talk about the folk instruments and folk songs of Hunza in northern Pakistan, which is said to be the setting of the Japanese anime “Nausicaa valley of the wind”.

The Rabab is short-necked lute instruments were made from ancient times.
They were introduced to Europe in the Middle Ages.
These stringed instruments are thought to be the ancestors of lute-type instruments such as violins and guitars.
Are you sure about this?


There is evidence.
I visited the Peshawar Museum in the Afghan border town of Peshawar, Pakistan, where I found a 1900-year-old relief depicting a short-necked lute.
It is a fact that urban civilization existed in this area 1000 years before the development of Western civilization.

a relief in Gandhara, 1st century.

The model for Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
Hunza in Pakistan is
Surrounded by steep mountains.
Until recently, it was like a closed peach orchard.
What remains here is the
Hunza Rabab.

The shape of the body is a little different from that of an afghan rabab, and the body is round.

Both in musical mode and atmosphere.
different from that of Afghanistan.
Let’s take a look at Hunza Rabab’s performance.

https://youtu.be/vICRHXFzRfI


I was impressed that the audience was singing with a lot of emotion.
It may be that this folk song has a nostalgic sound rather than an exotic atmosphere.
This folk song is
This folk song was written by the 20th century poet Allama Naseer ud-din-Hunzai.
It was written in the Hunza language, Brishassky. When I visited
I learned it from the locals when I visited.

Shini bahar dimi sayam balatay la ass
Mayoon a qarish khaa

Sailar kay neyas bayosso naa joon dukharish khaa
春は、たくさんの花や果物とともに
人々にほんとうの叡智を伝えてくれる
そして人々に愛をつたえてくれる

The long winter is over.
Spring has come.
With the blessings of nature
and wisdom
You can imagine the beautiful scenery of Hunza, can’t you? This is a summary, but this is the meaning I learned there.
You can download the music score for free here.

 

The Meaning of Introducing Pakistani Culture in Japan

Due to the long conflict in Afghanistan
In fact, the crime rate in Pakistan is very high.
In fact, the crime rate in Pakistan tends to be lower than that of Western developed countries.
In fact, Pakistan’s crime rate tends to be lower than that of developed countries in Europe and the United States, so it does not necessarily have a dangerous image.

The beauty and grandeur of nature is overwhelming and incomparable to the European Alps.
And there are many warm and hospitable people. We made a documentary film to let people know how wonderful Pakistan is.
We made a documentary film to show the beauty of Pakistan.
I composed and produced the music for the film using Pakistani instruments.

https://youtu.be/XRtad2O_bNM
Karakoram, the album containing the soundtrack, is also available from this web site

The other day, I organized a screening at the restaurant.
I gave a performance of Pakistani folk songs.
I will continue to share the beauty of Pakistan, Hunza, and other unknown parts of the world in Japan.