Keeping Afghan Culture Alive

Afghan Culture Alive,
Web site review by Sara Buckwitz,
Afghan Magazine
For the past 25 years, war and internal conflict ravaged the land
and people of Afghanistan and decimated the arts and humanities. To
pay homage to his heritage, a man with a Web site dedicates his
life to preserving Afghan culture. Publisher Farhad Azad started in 1997 ‘to help bring awareness
to the arts and culture of the Afghan people.’ According to an
article in Wired, Azad recently left a job in the technology sector
to work full time on the site, even though he makes no money from
it. It’s hard to imagine that he even held a job when you look at
the immensity of the site. To navigate the site, you pick links
from one of 13 different categories of content, ranging from music
and visual arts to travelogues, history, and poetry. From the
moment you enter the site you will find artifacts of Afghan culture
that address the loss. The cover image for the current edition,
Women Musicians of Bamiyan, is an interpretation of a fresco that
hung in the main chamber of the Bamiyan giant Buddha, which the
Taliban regime destroyed last spring.
–Sara V. Buckwitz

Learn more about Farhad Azad in the Wired Article,
Afghan Archivist of Culture, by Robin

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