Arsan Fahim, an Afghan pianist, says that for him, journalists are the heroes of Afghanistan and that he wants to honor them by music.
Afghan Pianist Plays Music To Honor Fallen Journalists
A student of Afghanistan National Institute of Music has composed a song in memory of Afghan journalists who have lost their lives in deadly incidents this year.
Arsan Fahim, a pianist, is a student of 11th grade at the institute. The three-minute solo piano music piece has been composed in six months, Fahim said.
The music was initially composed in April. He made many changes in the music after deadly bombings in Kabul which took lives of journalist, athletes and students.
The goal of the changes was to bring more emotion to the music in honor of the fallen journalists and civilians.
“A reporter is someone who maintains our freedom and works for the country’s freedom. By killing journalists, the enemies of the country want to take our freedom,” said Fahim.
He said when he was 12 years old, he watched the “The Pianist” movie which was about the life of a pianist during the World War II and that the film encouraged him to join the music institute.
He joined the music institute six years ago and started to learn piano.
“Through music, I can convey my message to thousands, millions and even billions of people. Even a politician does not the power that art has,” said Fahim.
Fahim’s piano teacher Janielle Beh said when Fahim made changes to his music in memory of the fallen journalists, he understood that Afghan boys are able to change, even a terrible incident, to an artistic piece of work.
“When I first came into my studio to show me this piece that he had composed, I was very happy to listen to it when he told me what is the inspiration behind it,” said Janielle.
Fahim keeps pictures of the fallen journalists and according to him they are heroes of the country.
On May 1, nine journalists were killed in a second explosion in Kabul while they were covering the first incident.
The two explosions claimed the lives of 30 people. The attack, claimed by Daesh, took place in a heavily-fortified area of the city.
On September 6, two TOLOnews journalists were killed in a second blast while covering the first explosion.
The first explosion took place inside a wrestling gym in Dasht-e-Barchi area which claimed lives of nearly 30 people, according to government report. But reports said the casualties were much high.