Sarmast, Ahmad Naser Dr.
|Name||Sarmast, Ahmad Naser Dr.|
|Date of birth||1963|
|Function/Grade||Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) Background|
|History and Biodata||
1. Founder and Director of ANIM:
Dr. Ahmad Naser Sarmast received his MA in musicology/ethnomuiscology, from the Moscow State Conservatorium in 1993; and his Bachelor Degree in performance and music education from the same school.
He migrated to Australia to return to Afghanistan in 2006.
In 2005 Ahmad Naser Sarmast obtained a PhD in music from Monash University, Australia, becoming the first native of Afghanistan ever to receive that degree. An expert in the music of Afghanistan, Dr. Sarmast is a Research Fellow of the School of Music-Conservatorium and Monash Asia Institute of Monash University, an Honorary Fellow of the National College of Music, London, and the author of the book:·A Survey of the History of Music in Afghanistan.
In 2006, Dr. Sarmast founded the Revival of Afghan Music program (ROAM), and in 2009, with the assistance of Afghanistan's Ministry of Education, founded the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) in Kabul. The ANIM was formally inaugurated on June 20th 2010.
Today, the Afghanistan National Institute of Music provides opportunities for many children currently orphaned or without a home in Kabul. Half of its students' families receive a stipend of around $30 each month so that the children can attend the school instead of working.
Sarmast speaks Pashtu, Russian and English.