Noor Zehra Kazim performs Raag “jaijai wanti” on Sagar Veena for Tehzeeb Foundation’s annual festival 2012. The festival was held in Karachi on Oct 6, 2012 for the launch of Indus Raag, a project of classical music with Indian and Pakistani artists. Following is a piece about the festival in Dawn newspaper:

sagar veena in karachi


SIPA’s 16th Birthday

February 17, 2011

On 2nd Feb, 2011 Sipa’s 16th

Raza Kazim with members of the institute

On 2nd Feb, 2011 Sipa’s 16th birthday was celebrated. This event was organized and hosted by the Audio Engineering Department. The heads of all the departments shared their experience and views illuminating their future objectives and work plans. The Director responded and shared  his views and feelings with the team.

A paper written by the Philosophy department has recently been published in an online Journal called ‘Neuroquantology’. Neuroquantology is a peer reviewed Journal which aims to connect the facts and knowledge about the brain with the insights coming from quantum physics.

To read the full text of the paper click the following link:

Philosophy department recently completed a paper titled’ Revisting the relationship between mind and genes as a first step towards understanding the origins of the contemporary human mind, its current functioning and problems’, which was chosen for poster presentation in the annual ‘Toward a Science of Consciousness’ conference held from Jun 11-14, 2009 in Hong Kong. 

For details of the conference visit:

To read the full text of the paper click here: TSC 2009 conference Paper.

To see the poster presentation of this paper click below:

 TSC 2009 Poster

Rakae Jamil recently wrote an article titled,

Classical Music – currently a mere novelty in Pakistan’, which was published in the online magazine, ‘The Green Kaleidoscope’. in March 2009. To check out the article, click on the link below:

The philosophy department recently submitted two abstracts for the 15th annual Toward a Science of Consciousness (TSC) conference to be held in June 2009 in Hong Kong. The conference titled “Investigating Inner Experience Brain, Mind, Technology” accepts original papers related to philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, phenomenology, media, technology, games, computer science, and other related fields. For further information regarding the conference visit:
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On August 23, 2008, while participating in a two-day convention on Hindustani music and partition at the Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, Raza Kazim shared his theoretical and practical work of the past 38 years on music with a large number of scholars and musicians from India and Pakistan. On the last day of the convention, Noor Zehra Kazim, also gave a debut (in India) performance on the Sagar Veena. On August 28, 2008, Raza again gave a stimulating lecture on music and philosophy at the Bharat Bhavan in Bhopal and Noor Zehra gave a presentation on the Sagar Veena. Another concert of the Sagar Veena was also held for a large audience at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi on September 2, 2008. To view newspaper coverage and pictures of these events please click the links below:

Hindustani Music and Partition, High Tension Wires, Divided Pitch, Convention Pictures,


In August 2008, the Director of Sanjannagar will be participating in a workshop on the ‘Impact of the 1947 partition on the Art Music of South Asia’, supported by Asian Scholarship Foundation and co-hosted by the Academy of Third World Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. To view a write-up and program of the workshop Click  workshop-on-music-aug-2008 and music-workshop-program


2 In June 2008, Faisal Qureshi from Samaa Television, came to interview Raza Kazim. After the interview he also listened to a lot of his favorite music on ‘Bhulley Senior’, the sound reproduction system designed and made in the Institute

3 On Dec 22, 2007, Ustad Shujaat Khan, the a renowned sitarist from India, visited Lahore and the institute to meet the director and to test the stringed instrument known as the Shruti Bahar, which is a redesigned version of the Surbahar. The Shruti-Bahar is a product of Raza Kazim and Mohammed Riaz, the instrument-maker.