The Afghan National Institute of Music (ANIM), Symbol of Afghanistan’s Development

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The ANIM is embodying Afghanistan’s development as the musical culture of the country is recovering after it used to be subdued by the Taliban’s regime. Founded by Dr. Ahmad Nasir Sarmast in 2010, it currently has 210 students. Among them, 60 are women, proving that any wide spread Manichean opinion about Afghanistan is possibly wrong too. Indeed, this has also become a goal for the institute to show the world another face of Afghanistan: as anywhere in the world, the past may be a heavy burden to carry, but as anywhere in the world music is appreciated in Afghanistan, and as anywhere in the world, people aspire to peace and education – core values in music.