Afghanistan National Institute of Music

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Afghanistan National Institute of Music
Kabul, Afghanistan
Established June 20, 2010
Director Dr. Ahmad Naser Sarmast

The Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) is a school of music in Kabul, Afghanistan. It was founded by the Afghan-Australian ethnomusicologist Dr. Ahmad Naser Sarmast, and offers a curriculum combining the tuition of both Afghan and Western music.[1][2] ANIM is a co-educational institute.[3][4]

Per an agreement between Sarmast and the Afghan Ministry of Education, the school accommodates both exceptionally talented students and underprivileged children.[1][5]

In 2013, ANIM's Afghan Youth Orchestra toured the United States, including performances at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.[2][5] In 2014 a suicide bomb attack at a student concert killed an audience member and the bomber, and injured many more including Dr. Sarmast.[6][7] In 2015, the first Afghan female conductor, Negin Khpolwak, held her first concert with an all-female ensemble.[8][9][10]


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  4. ^ Coren, Anna (September 21, 2012). "Music school strikes chord with Afghan street kids". CNN. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
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