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There are some beautiful museums in the world which attract millions of visitors. The region of Mardan is rich in culture and especially Gandhara remains are matchless. The people of Mardan had the idea of a museum for a long time and they were keen to preserve the heritage. For this reason they formed National Heritage Preservation Societies in the past. Ultimately with the interest of the local Government Officials and the then commissioner of Mardan, Mr R N Sahibzada, the proposal of building a museum in Mardan was made in 1990. The museum was opened in April1991.

The original name is Takht-i-Bahi. This town is situated 15 km from Mardan on Swat Malakand road. In 1908/9 the ancient Buddhist history was discovered in the mountains. Large numbers of buildings look beautiful on top of the mountains.

Unfortunately the possessions of the houses and buildings have been taken away illegally and maybe decorating some famous buildings in the rest of the world. The population is expanding and new houses are approaching the site. If ignored for a few more years, the tourist and historic attractions will disappear.

Cultural heritage has a great historical significance. It represents the taste and theme of the time. The Guides Memorial Mardan also has a very relevant historical importance. It was built by the British in 1892 in memory of their soldiers who sacrificed their lives in defence of Queen’s Residency in Kabul on September 23rd 1879.This historical memorial was built in the centre of Mardan city.

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Music in Mardan
By: Akbar Hoti
fazlewahabThere is no doubt that Pushto Singers and Musicians of Mardan are well known throughout Pukhtoonkhwa and Afghanistan. On the one hand the poets have written beautiful poetry and on the other hand the musicians and the singers have worked hard to convert these into beautiful songs.
The majority of this traditional group of singers and musicians are living in Par Hoti Mardan. Most of them have come from Marghuz and Baja Bam Khel in Swabi and some from Swat. The reason of coming to Mardan was the hardships of life in their villages and the relatively closer geographical position of Mardan to Peshawar. From here they used to visit other places to perform .They also used to go to Peshawar Broadcasting Station for recording of the songs. There were small studio rooms where people used to visit and listened to the music in Par Hoti. For this reason this area was called the music bazaar of Mardan.

Some great singers have emerged from Par Hoti. The famous ones are Bachazareen Jan, Qamro Jan, Kishwar Sultan, Mashuk Sultan, Nigar Sultan,Khatoon, Shakila Naz and Neelam. The well known Pushto singer Khial Muhammad also learnt singing in Mardan in his childhood.

The musicians who became popular are Farrukh Seir Shama, Rahdat Hussain, Muhammad Anwar Master and Wali Dad Tibla Nawaz. At the present time Master Liaqat, Moeen Ali, Iqbal Hussain Shan, Laloon, Fazal Wahab Dard, Zar Nosh, Muhammad Ali (Rabab Nawaz), Malik Aman and Kachkol Ustaz are worth mentioning.

These are the people who have kept the Pushto music alive and in particular the traditional and folk music of Pukhtoon Nation. They are also working hard to promote Pushto poetry and language. Despite the struggle, this group of people have always been living in poor conditions. The main reason is that like the Pushto language, these are the disadvantaged people. There is not enough coverage of Pashto language on the Government Media. With the introduction of Private Pushto Radio Services and TV Channels there is some hope that Pushto language and along with it the Pushto Music will flourish.

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Mardan Song

Listen to the "Song of  Mardan". The poet is Akbar Hoti Advocate and the singer is Waheed Khan Achakzai, an ex student of Fazle Haq College Mardan.

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