Siren Song: Understanding Pakistan through its Women Singers
Siren Song is a feminist intervention in the study of classical music and challenges the prevailing orthodoxy in the music field. Written by Fawzia Afzal-Khan, the book explores how women singers in Pakistan have negotiated the hurdles thrown their way in a highly patriarchal and conservative society. An investigation into the often neglected culture, feminist studies, music and post colonial studies of a country rich in the creativity of women, Siren Song is a much-needed book.
I was commissioned to design the book's cover design depicting the iconic women featured in the book. The singers shown are Noor Jehan, Zeb and Haniya, Nazia Hassan, Runa Laila, Meesha Shafi, Suraiya Multanikar, Tina Sani, Aliya Rasheed, Tahira Syed, Malka Pukhraj, Deeyah aka Muslim Madonna, Abida Parveen, and Roshan Ara. You can find Siren Song online here.
Published by Oxford University Press Pakistan. Written by Fawzia Afzal-Khan.