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The Crossing of Pakistan’s top Gharanas – The Rise of Soch Band

11:37 AM | 20 Nov, 2022
The Crossing of Pakistan’s top Gharanas – The Rise of Soch Band

In 2009 composer / vocalist Adnan Dhool dreamt of making a huge name in music. He went from studio to studio in hopes of finding someone who would give him the break that he most desparately needed. Adnan happens to come from a family which has studied under the guidance of the Sham Churasi Gharana. (One of the top two “Gharanas” (Schools of music) in Pakistan. Adnan also had a love for Sufi poetry, especially Rumi and Buleh Shah.

In 2010 he came across Rabi Ahmed (A musician / composer) through a mutual friend. Rabi’s family had been working for many years with the “Patiala Gharana” (Likely the top Gharana in Pakistan). Rabi had worked closely under the guidance of Ustad Rustam Fateh Ali Khan (A top vocal trainer for the Patiala Gharana).

The two agreed to jam together and soon put together some of the finest musicians across the two Gharana’s.

Word slowly spread across Pakistan regarding the collaboration between the two gharanas. (The first of its kind).

Later, during a local performance, the two were met by Mr. Zulifiqar Jabbar Khan (aka. Xulfi). Xulfi injoyed the unique sound of the band, and asked them to create tracks for an upcoming musical season. The group created the tracks “Awari” , “Bol Hu” and “Uth Jawana” for “Nescafe Basement” ( a project for Nestle group , under the supervision of Xulfi).

All three went on to become smash hits, with both “Awari” and “Bol Hu” being added to Bollywood soundtracks. The classical training, along with captivating Sufi composition and catchy Punjabi lyrics became the signature for the group.

The group now is known as one of the most prominent groups within Pakistan. Soch has successfully filled the huge gap that “Junoon Band” left when they announced their breakup.

Aroosa Khan is working as a digital journalist and lifestyle anchor for Daily Pakistan. She is famous for her coverage of the country's fashion industry, housing, human rights, women empowerment and child rights issues. Khan also hosts a weekly road show for Daily Pakistan's digital media. She can be contacted at @AroosaAsif1 & https://bit.ly/3TVmBhw.

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 26 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 26, 2024 (Monday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 26 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94

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