The Rarity of Girls Playing Rabab
So it is known that it’s rare to find a (Pukhtun) girl playing the rabab. (This girl named Semira Azadzoi is like an exception.) But I’m wondering ... isn’t it rare to find a Pukhtun girl doing ANYTHING? I mean, how many Pukhtun women play other instruments? During performance, many male singers sing as well as play some instrument; is this the case with females as well? I’m not deciding whether or not it’s better to be able to do more than one thing while performing, but I’m making a comparison.
Forget music. Let's talk about the media/journalism/writing. It’s a huge deal that we have someone like Farhat Taj writing on Pukhtun issues in the media – because she’s one of the extremely few who does so. I wish that wasn’t so, but since it is, let’s face it and encourage other Pukhtun females to venture on similar causes.
Then how many Pukhtun women do we have who are leading professionals in their fields – doctors, lawyers, businesswomen, engineers, professors, etc.? How many are even PERMITTED, let alone encouraged, to go into the arts, and how many are given the opportunity and freedom to go into the sciences? It’s almost really sad that we get all excited and happy when we hear of a Pukhtun woman like Samar Minallah or her sister Fauzia Minallah – the former of whom is popularly identified and the latter of whom is an artist who teaches children with special needs the message of peace through art. Really, how many women, or even men, do we know who are so involved like this? It shouldn’t be a rarity, but alas, it is. We should realize that the more fields we have Pukhtun women succeeding in, the better for Pukhtuns' future.
I don't call for every single Pukhtun female on earth to go out there and do something for her people. No, not at all. I want only those who have the means and the skills to help us, especially those who are abroad and thus have more opportunities and acceptance.
My favoritest website lists several Pukhtun women who have done something praiseworthy for their people in many different ways. They are:
Dr. Amineh Ahmed Hoti
Dr. Aneela Babar
Dr. Parveen Azam Khan
Dr. Saba Gul Khattak
Dr. Salma Shaheen
Mahvish Rukhsana Khan
Dr. Mehnaz Afridi
Dr. Shaheen Sardar Ali
** I expect to see Farhat Taj's name on there some time soon. The name of the lady who designs and funds this website should also be included in this list. (I know her personally; a wonderful lady! SO cool, SO intelligent, SO intellectual, SO fun, SO everything good!)**
May these women be blessed with long and healthy lives so that they will continue representing what the educated Pukhtun woman is like, or what she can become if she’s given the opportunity.
But we still need women to go into rubab-playing ;)