Following the power of music.
I am Shumaila, a second year PhD student in ethnomusicology in the University of Alberta’s Department of Music and I come from Karachi in the Sind province of Pakistan. As a teenager, music was a very close and trustworthy friend during the very difficult moments when society and family pressure challenged my independence of thought and what I should pursue as a career. When choosing an area of study, the limited options that were available included Management, Accountancy, Computer Science, or Engineering — options that could provide high-salary jobs in a technologically advanced world, but did not stimulate or cultivate my imagination!
For several years, I lived an inner battle, caught between these impositions from outside and a compelling desire to understand the power of music, which could absorb me in its rhythmic whirlpool and churn the emotional lava into creative imagination.
More at the source: How Shumaila Hemani discovered Ethnomusicology – curious arts