The Indus Raag Project is an ace initiative that aims to cultivate, archive and promote the inspirational legacy of music traditions that have been evolving in the sub-continent since the inception of the Indus Valley Civilization. Locating, discovering and understanding the rich repository of indigenous music and its contemporary re-creative expression, the project attempts to establish its relevance and commonality among the South Asian countries.
Sharif Awan is a writer, culture revivalist, internationally acclaimed curator/producer of classical, folk and world music from Pakistan.
In the past 25 or so years, Sharif has produced more than 12 albums of Pakistani / Indian classical, folk and world music. His project “Indus Raag – Music Beyond Borders” was Pakistan’s first Grammy entry in 2014. He is a voting member of the NARAS – the only Pakistani to have earned this distinction.
Sharif is widely recognized in and outside Pakistan. He was taken as member Board of Governors at the PNCA (Pakistan National Council of the Arts). He recently produced a song “Gulsher” (a tribute to the martyred APS School children) for an international album ACTION MOVES PEOPLE UNITED sponsored by UNESCO. He has recently won a Gold Medal at Global Music Awards (California – June 2016) for his project Indus Raag – Music Beyond Borders.
As founder of the prestigious Tehzeeb Festival, Sharif has worked with great musicians from all over the world to promote the cause of culture in Pakistan.