Posted on 2021-02-28

GCU establishes Tariq Farani Center for Music

The Government College University Lahore has established the Tariq Salman Khan Farani Center for Music, besides erecting a portrait of the late music teacher at the University's Bukhari Auditorium.
Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Asghar Zaidi along with eminent classical singer Ustad Hamid Ali Khan inaugurated the center named after the music maestro, the late Prof. Tariq Suleman Khan Farani, for his 50 years long illustrious contributions for the promotion of music at GCU Lahore.
Musician-singer Jawad Ahamd and family members of Prof. Farani were also present.
The inauguration was followed by a ceremony, organised by the GCU Nazir Ahmad Ahmad Music Society (NAMS), to pay a glowing tribute to Mr. Tariq Farani for his invaluable services for the art and music at GCU Lahore.
Speaking on the occasion, Ustad Hamid Ali Khan said that Prof. Farani made GCU NAMS the biggest teaching center of music in Pakistan as it produced galaxy of stars like Shafqat Amanat Ali, Ali Zafar, Waris Baig, Jawad Ahmad, adding that his two sons had been trained in music at GCU NAMS by Prof. Farani.
Ustad Hamid Ali Khan proudly said he also sang a couple of compositions of Prof. Farani. He said Mr. Tariq Farani deserved the Pride of Performance from the Government of Pakistan.
Vice Chancellor Prof. Zaidi said Mr. Farani was a craftsman who crafted and shaped up various lives and turned ordinary individuals into great musicians and extraordinary human beings. He announced to initiate "Khawaja Khurshid Anwar Medal" and "Tariq Salman Khan Farani Medal" for outstanding Old Ravian musician and remarkable current student of the University respectively. He said "if we really want to pay a real tribute to the great man, we should work every moment of our lives for the glory of this great institution."
The Vice Chancellor also announced to hold tributes for living Old Ravian legends including eminent television broadcaster Mr. Zia Mohyeddin, Barrister S.M Zafar and businessman-philanthropist Syed Babar Ali.
Noted Old Ravian singer Jawad Ahmad said he performed for first time ever live at GCU NAMS, and it was there he found a singer in himself. He paid tribute to the contribution of Prof. Farani for the music society of GCU.
Students Advisor Mr. Siddique Awan shared few light moments that he spent with Mr. Tariq Farani and cherished the time he spent in music society. "Prof. Farani inculcated the moral ethics, values and real sense of Ravians" spirit in his students and its been a privilege to Know Farani sahib, he added.
Saban Farani, the son of Prof. Farani, expressed gratitude to the Vice Chancellor and faculty members for arranging such beautiful tribute for his father who loved this great institution, i.e. GCU Lahore, throughout his life.
Prof. Dr. Khalid Sanjrani, Prof. Dr. Saima Irum and many students of Prof. Farani also spoke.
The students of Farani Sahib remembered his teacher also by presenting his compositions at the ceremony.

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