Romantic Rabab

18 Oct

Here’s what happened the other day … Every day, in the room we train in, I hear drums playing, horns blowing and people jamming.  Yesterday I took it upon myself to investigate the source of this funkiness.  So I walked the halls of the fine arts building at Kabul University.   I was stopped on one staircase by some heavenly rabab playing.  Coming from where, I didn’t know.  It was magical and lovely to just stand there and listen.

The music stopped and I slowly moved on, letting the sights and sounds take me wherever they desired.  I then found myself stopped at another staircase to take a photo of the ceiling.  Light coming in and forming geometric shape upon shape.

As I finished taking photos of the light and shape, I turned to find a lovely young man in a snazzy suit standing next to me.  He was smiling and I smiled back.  (As a woman you’re not really supposed to do that, but I forget.)  He then speaks to me in Dari, which I understand SO LITTLE of .. but somehow we understood each other.

It turns out he’s a rabab player and saw me listening to him practice, as I stood on the staircase.  He invites me to his practice room and proceeds to play a little for me.  The short video was supposed to be below but my connection can’t even support a tiny video. Monireh, our co-director from Herat, says in her life she was only once able to upload a video successfully!!


Well, the video was just a short bit where the same musical phrase repeated, but it was such a sweet encounter and reminded me, yet again, that I have nothing to fear.  Listening to others with an open heart always brings about understanding and closeness – despite everything that may “seem” to be in the way.

Love K


5 Responses to “Romantic Rabab”

  1. Ricardo October 19, 2011 at 1:24 pm #

    I guess I’m too suspicious of a Nuyorican: “He was smiling [and]…he invited me into his practice room.” All I kept saying to myself was, “Girl, don’t be white! Don’t go into the light!” Big jaded hugs from NYC, R.

    • shireen kharas October 19, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

      Listening to others with an open heart always creates valuable friendships and understanding-Shireen

  2. Tina Lai October 19, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

    Thanks K for sharing your experiences, I am fascinated !

  3. Neesha Meminger October 20, 2011 at 3:04 am #

    I love your updates. Thank you for sharing your experiences…so heartfelt and beautifully written.

  4. Stedroy October 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

    Hi Kay how’s things.
    I like the photo of the kitty and your foot Kabul seems so tranquil.
    Well I hope your are having a fun time, I can’t wait to see your production
    When you return btw I did well at the comic con and I now have my Crime Motion Comic App available on android for .99 iPhone is on it’s way soon.

    Peace and love

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