I began learning the Rabab back in 2003, under the tutelage of Ustaad Homayoun Sakhi, but then a lack of practice and moving out of Peshawar made me lose touch with my rabab. While I understood the basics of sargam (musical notations) and could play a tune if written in those, the problem that I faced was that I could not get my hand on Pashto songs broken into sargam.

The solution as always was to get accepted by an Ustaad, and then take it from there. Living in Islamabad, finding an Ustaad was a challenge in itself. Luckily, I found Yar Gul Ustaad, who plays at the Islamabad zoo on the weekends. I have decided to tape my lessons, break them into sargam and make them available online.

The plan is to break down a song into its different parts, for each part we will share a slowed down version of the strumming along with the breakup of the part in terms of sargam. I must warn you that both of us are not that well versed in the identification of surs, so any corrections would be highly appreciated.

Feel free to send in breakdowns of songs in a similar format, and we will share them on the site.


48 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Noor Raziq
    May 24, 2011 @ 03:27:58

    Dera manana wrora


  2. Shahid Khan
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 13:25:35

    I moved to Australia for study three years ago and i went to pakistan to visit my family recently and i bought a rabab and from peshawar with me, i was looking for videos on learning rabab but couldn’t find a good one but ever since i started following your videos, i have improved my rabab skills alot and i play it pretty well now … thanks for uploading the videos and breaking them down into such easy steps … i will try to send you some of the songs that i have learned so far in these three months ….


    • Imran Khan
      Jul 03, 2011 @ 06:02:16

      Dir ala Shahid Khan, looking forward to receiving your videos… thanks for the feedback!


      • ali
        Jul 04, 2011 @ 20:15:58

        hi imran khan….tnx for sharing these videos…i really appreciate ur efforts…they r really helping me out…i request to plx dnt stop uploading new lesson to dis blog…as normally happens… tnk u so00000000000ooo much… u r gr8 man….thumbss uppp..

      • awais
        Nov 25, 2012 @ 06:39:04

        brother how can i get all the lessons 4 the beginer?
        i know the sa re ga ma pa ……….. but i dont know how can i put a song from it 😦
        please guide me will wait for ur precious reply THAnKS!

  3. ali
    Jul 04, 2011 @ 20:13:33

    plx shahid khan..do post dm as soon as possible..m vry eager to learn rabab….


  4. ali
    Jul 04, 2011 @ 20:18:52

    plxxx post new lesson abt pashtoo new song ‘QARAR” i will b very thankful to you…


  5. Zaid Ahmad
    Jul 17, 2011 @ 12:17:22

    wow am so happy so saw thiz becaz there is no such source frm wahere we can learn rabab thats realy nice plxxx never ever stop uploading lessons ..


  6. ali
    Jul 17, 2011 @ 18:52:36

    waiting 4 new lessonss..:(((


  7. waleed hayat
    Jul 18, 2011 @ 19:59:43

    awsum bro thnx thnx for ur help u make it soo easy for me the online lessons are just faboulous to be learned and one more thning bro do upload as much lessons as possible thnx
    ur regardz
    waleed hayat


  8. ali
    Jul 22, 2011 @ 19:55:28

    nxtt lesson plxxxx:((((


  9. B Singh
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 23:05:31

    Thanks for the info. What Raag are your lessons in? I need to tune my Rabab accordingly.


  10. Ali Durani
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 23:38:33


    i was just watching some youtube video of Rubab and i clicked on your video and then this web. i dont know how to say thanks and how happy i am to find out that i can learn some songs and passibly rubab here. i live in SF. CA. your ustad Humayon Sakhi lives here as well but he dosent teach becuase he is busy with other things i guess.
    anyways this is my first time at your web. thank you soooooo much for giving everyone the appartunity to learn. i am a rubab lover from Afghanistan i used to live in Peshawar in years 98 to 2001 and tried to learn rubab before moving but i didnt learn much in that short time.

    once a gaine thank you soooo much.


    • Imran Khan
      Aug 30, 2011 @ 18:27:51

      Ali khana!

      dera manana for all the good things that you have said. It encourages me to post more. My salamoona to Homayun Ustaaz if you ever come across him, not sure if he would remember me 🙂

      I am really happy you found this site, Rabab remains unappreciated on the internet, and this is a small effort to address that issue. Positive feedback is always very heartening so thanks once again.


  11. Ali Durani
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 23:40:29

    this is such a great idea. honistly i dont know how to thank you enough for this.
    i am in love with your web.

    i just took out my rubab after 4 years . i would play rubab everyday from now on. thank you.
    may Alah bless you and your family


  12. Ali Durani
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 23:54:02

    i am very new to your web. i was wondering how i can send an email to you.


  13. Ghulam Hossain
    Oct 02, 2011 @ 17:55:57

    much respect for what you are doing for sharing Afghan culture to the world. Please keep the great work. thanks


  14. Ghulam Hossain
    Oct 03, 2011 @ 04:04:14

    Imran Khan,

    Could you write the SA RI GAM of this song? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e42MHyLhw2A

    I’m a beginner and I am in love with this song, I want to play this song one day.

    Please keep teaching. You don’t know how many people will be benifiting from your lessons. Please keep the great job. Proud of you man!


    • Imran Khan
      Oct 04, 2011 @ 16:02:52

      Ghulam Hossaina wrora, we have decided to restrict it to Pashtu songs only, atleast in the beginning, because notations are not available for Pashtu songs…. but since its an indian song, there already is stuff available…

      here is the song in piano notation http://sari-gama.blogspot.com/2008/01/baazigar-oh-baazigar.html

      you need to translate this into swara sargam by using this key http://www.srutiacademy.com/page/Carnatic-Keyboard-Notations.aspx

      try it and let us know how it goes… best of luck! 🙂


      • Ghulam Hossain
        Oct 09, 2011 @ 16:09:51

        Oh I didn’t know that. Thanks for letting me know.

        You are right, we should focus on our own music. I’m glad to hear that.

        looking forward to see more post on your blog.

      • Ghulam Hossain
        Oct 11, 2011 @ 02:05:04

        How about this one, although it’s different but seems nice

      • waleed afridi
        Feb 24, 2014 @ 12:40:45

        imran bhai can you please send me some songs notations ,I’M PRACTACING SA RE GA MA PA DA NI SA , THANKYOU

  15. Ali Furqan
    Nov 11, 2011 @ 20:51:14

    Great effort by you in making rubab world famous…Kindly upload lessons for song “QARAR”….It’s very popular now a days…..


  16. Umar
    Nov 13, 2011 @ 11:53:50

    Great effort……… thanks alot
    its an easy way to learn
    plzzzzzzzzz do more post
    sir if u can post khuber zalmi i will b really thankful
    and i really appreciate you


  17. Ali Furqan
    Nov 22, 2011 @ 20:08:31

    still waiting for “QARAAR”….please upload it’s lesson.


  18. Qaisar
    Nov 27, 2011 @ 17:11:26

    My prayers are answered today at long last—–Thank you


  19. ibad
    Dec 04, 2011 @ 16:55:35

    when will b new song uploaded plzzzzzzzzzzzz


  20. saeed ahmad
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 12:17:43

    i am new user and i interst in the rabab plz help me what can i do


  21. saeed ahmad
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 12:23:34

    this is my email address


  22. babar ayub khan
    Feb 08, 2012 @ 18:25:15

    i like ur site verry much and i will be happy if you send me qarra rasha notes in sa re ga on badada_2@yahoo.com


  23. pashton
    Jul 12, 2012 @ 03:51:00


    can you break down this one please thanks


  24. Obaid
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 01:57:25

    I want to learn rabab so Badley


  25. Naqib
    Dec 12, 2012 @ 20:42:38


    I came across your blog online. I loved it! I recently got a rabab and am trying to learn it.
    My first one from your blog will be Shinware lawangeena 🙂 great work.

    Do you have more videos availabe?
    I want to be in touch, so i am looking forward to hearing from you!



  26. sheerenay
    Dec 26, 2012 @ 11:30:00


    I am so happy to see this blog as i was seeking help for i want to learn how to play rabab.
    I really want to learn and i hope this blog will helps me as well. I wanna be a pro
    Simply love the ‘tung’ of the rabab wallah it makes me feel i am alive.
    And i hope this isnt strange cux i am a girl who is crazy about rabab 🙂
    waee i guess dora kafi da for now 🙂 i am sure i will learn quick

    Larr aw Barr d Puhtana wasi ❤


    Feb 03, 2013 @ 20:49:11

    i like wht ur r trying to do and its very helpful for me, so i would like u to have more of it, have more songs posted in here, i would like u to work more on it……every 1 loves ur work….but ur working on it very slowly……………..anyways thank u i hope u would not mind wht i said…..thnkx…………………!


  28. adil khan
    Apr 11, 2013 @ 10:21:54

    salam . plz post dz one song bazigar o bazigar


  29. shahid ahmad from uae
    May 31, 2013 @ 20:12:00

    dear imran khan i am searching logaree saz but i did in found so plz also ad logaree and also give tip about how to move forward to the songs


  30. Efrén López
    Jul 04, 2013 @ 08:25:28

    Dear Imran Khan,
    Thank you for your effort, one good friend of mine just recommended your blog to me, and I’m very happy to find finally a site on the Internet with such information about our beloved instrument. I think it will be very helpful for all the rubab lovers, specially for the beginners.
    All my respect and greetings from Spain.
    Efrén López


  31. Efrén López
    Jul 04, 2013 @ 08:30:34

    I wrote down many Afghan tunes in European notation for my students, projects and workshops. If you think that this staff could be helpful for your followers I could send them to you to be published here.


    • Imran Khan
      Jul 10, 2013 @ 05:49:01

      Thanks efren!

      yes definitely send it, would love to share it here.

      please send it on iopyne@gmail.com

      thanks again!


  32. usman
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 19:24:02

    qarara rasha song format


  33. rahbar khan
    Jan 02, 2014 @ 12:30:54

    hi imran baye muj ko acha laga aap ka web plz ap newlession kab upload kare ge i m very hungry plz upload new lession


  34. ali.khaser.@yahoo.com
    Feb 12, 2014 @ 06:09:44

    i think this the first sit e of rabab learning and very usefull sit for rabab learner thanks


  35. waleed afridi
    Feb 24, 2014 @ 12:29:01

    aoa. can some one please send me some songs notations , i will be thank full


  36. youtube.com
    Sep 21, 2014 @ 07:53:54

    excellent points altogether, you simply won a new reader.
    What may you suggest about your put up that you just made
    some days in the past? Any certain?


  37. Shani
    Sep 28, 2014 @ 08:11:00

    AoA dear frnds i m glat to inform that when i start rabab learning from my ustaz he always says to me that try on sargam if u clear sargam its good for u after that i always repeat sargam i request to admin of this grup that plz include alaf plz


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