Farhad Darya

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Farhad 'Darya' Nasher is an Afghan
Afghanistan , officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country located in the centre of Asia, forming South Asia, Central Asia and the Middle East. With a population of about 29 million, it has an area of , making it the 42nd most populous and 41st largest nation in the world...

 singer and composer
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, as well as a highly acclaimed music producer, and Good Will and Peace Ambassador for Afghanistan to the United Nations. Widely popular, he has earned affection for not only his music
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 but also patriotism
Patriotism is a devotion to one's country, excluding differences caused by the dependencies of the term's meaning upon context, geography and philosophy...

. He has fan base that stretches from his native Afghanistan to Central Asia
Central Asia
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, Pakistan
Pakistan , officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan is a sovereign state in South Asia. It has a coastline along the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman in the south and is bordered by Afghanistan and Iran in the west, India in the east and China in the far northeast. In the north, Tajikistan...

, India
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, and extending to the West
Western world
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 among the Afghans. Farhad sings in various languages including: Pashto
Pashto language
Pashto , known as Afghani in Persian and Pathani in Punjabi , is the native language of the indigenous Pashtun people or Afghan people who are found primarily between an area south of the Amu Darya in Afghanistan and...

, Dari Persian
Dari (Eastern Persian)
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, Uzbek
Uzbek language
Uzbek is a Turkic language and the official language of Uzbekistan. It has about 25.5 million native speakers, and it is spoken by the Uzbeks in Uzbekistan and elsewhere in Central Asia...

, English
English language
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and Hindi
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Early years and personal life

Farhad Darya was born in Kabul
Kabul , spelt Caubul in some classic literatures, is the capital and largest city of Afghanistan. It is also the capital of the Kabul Province, located in the eastern section of Afghanistan...

, Afghanistan
Afghanistan , officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country located in the centre of Asia, forming South Asia, Central Asia and the Middle East. With a population of about 29 million, it has an area of , making it the 42nd most populous and 41st largest nation in the world...

, to an Afghan family originating from Kunduz
Kunduz also known as Kundûz, Qonduz, Qondûz, Konduz, Kondûz, Kondoz, or Qhunduz is a city in northern Afghanistan, the capital of Kunduz Province. It is linked by highways with Mazari Sharif to the west, Kabul to the south and Tajikistan's border to the north...

. Farhad's blood lineage can be traced to the Nasher
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 Khans. Darya attended Sher Khan High School
Shir Khan
Shir Khan may refer to:* Sher Khan Nashir, Afghan political leader in Kunduz in the 1930s* Shir Khan Bandar, a town in Afghanistan...

 in Kunduz, which was named after his grandfather Sher Khan after whom the Sher Khan Bander [Sher Khan Dam] is also named. He started his first band
Band (music)
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 by the name of Nayestan, meaning Reed-bed. He later graduated from Habibia High School
Habibia High School
Habibia High School is a school in Kabul, Afghanistan, which has educated many of the former and current Afghan elite, including President Hamid Karzai and the country's most famous musician Ahmad Zahir. It was founded by King Habibullah Khan in 1903....

. After high school he enrolled in the Polytechnical University of Kabul
Polytechnical University of Kabul
Kabul Polytechnic is a university located in Kabul, Afghanistan and was established in 1963 in Karte Mamourin area beside the Intercontinental Hotel...

 and then subsequently in Kabul University
Kabul University
Kabul University is located in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. It was founded in 1931 but officially opened for classes in 1932. Kabul University is currently attended by approximately 7,000 students, of which 1,700 are women. As of 2008, Hamidullah Amin is the chancellor of the university...

. It was while attending Kabul University that Darya founded his first professional band, Goroh-e-Baran, meaning Rain Band. Initially it was to be called Halqahai Tilayee (Golden Rings) but the newcomers later settled on the former title. The band itself was not largely successful, due in part to its non-traditional music; however, it did acquaint the public with the faces of the member singers: Darya, Asad Badie
Asad Badie
Asad Badie is a singer from Afghanistan of pop music. He is one of the 1980s era singers that emerged as Dari music was reaching the zenith of its international popularity. As a member of Goroh-e-Baran , that included Farhad Darya and others, he became immensely popular not only for his voice,...

, Mukhtar Majid and Jawid Rahie. Still involved in his music career, Darya continued his studies in college. During this time, he wrote music for other artists under the pseudonym
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 Abr (Cloud). In 1988, Darya became a professor at the university and taught Western classical music for a year before leaving for Europe
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After traveling through Prague
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 and Hamburg
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, Darya arrived in Paris
Paris is the capital and largest city in France, situated on the river Seine, in northern France, at the heart of the Île-de-France region...

, where he would meet Sultana Emam. The two were married in 1993, and moved to the United States
United States
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 in 1995, where they still live in the state of Virginia
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. In 1996, they had a son, Hejran Darya. and is 14 years old.


Up Until late 1980s

During the 1980s, Darya's focus was his education
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 and his singing profession
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 did not materialize into an established career
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. Mainly involved with the Rain Band, he was only recognized merely as a single part of a whole group. However, after his emigration
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 from Afghanistan and the dissolution
Dissolution (law)
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 of the group, he embarked on a solo career.

1990s to Present

Since Farhad's television
Television is a telecommunication medium for transmitting and receiving moving images that can be monochrome or colored, with accompanying sound...

 debut on Afghanistan's television network
Television network
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 in 1980, he has released over two dozen albums-the acclaimed ones produced in exile
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, many of which deal with the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the resulting misfortunes of the war-torn nation. Most of the music is aimed at helping the people of Afghanistan and bringing unity to his native country. His 2003 album Salam Afghanistan, specifically, deals with themes of national unity. These efforts have earned him much acclaim and the title of "Best Singer of the Year" in his country, and most recently in Copenhagen
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, Denmark
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He has sung songs in various Afghan dialects, as well as in Uzbeki
Uzbek language
Uzbek is a Turkic language and the official language of Uzbekistan. It has about 25.5 million native speakers, and it is spoken by the Uzbeks in Uzbekistan and elsewhere in Central Asia...

 and Hindi
Standard Hindi, or more precisely Modern Standard Hindi, also known as Manak Hindi , High Hindi, Nagari Hindi, and Literary Hindi, is a standardized and sanskritized register of the Hindustani language derived from the Khariboli dialect of Delhi...

. Darya started playing Afghan
The classical music of Afghanistan is called klasik, which includes both instrumental and vocal forms . Many ustad, or professional musicians, are descended from Indian artists who emigrated to the royal court in Kabul in the 1860s upon the invitation of Amir Sher Ali Khan.These north Indian...

 and Indian classical music
Indian classical music
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 since 1978. He intends to expand his knowledge in this domain as much as possible. Most of Darya's vocal exercises are in accordance with the rules of Hindustani classical music
Hindustani classical music
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Release of his successful album "HA!"

In 2008 Darya released his international CD HA!. According to Beerobar.com sources the CD has been a Super hit inside Afghanistan. The video of Nazdeek Shodan (Dohle Bezan) from his album HA was released on Afghanistan National Television, which was a hit among Afghans inside the country, and the afghan diaspora.

Besides the latest album Ha farhad darya has many other hits like Ghamgen Kabul, Donya Gozaran, salam Afghanistan and khalwat e ku ke khayalat. He has sung both patriotic as well as romantic songs however, patriotic songs won more popularity than the romantic songs.


Darya produced additional scoring and lyrics for Through Her Eyes a film by Mithaq Kazimi
Mithaq Kazimi
Mithaq Kazimi is a film director and producer, mostly known for his documentary film 16 Days in Afghanistan and founding member of Dawn Breakers International Film Festival...

 in 2007.

Darya produced background music for the film In Foreign Land
In Foreign Land
In a Foreign Land is a 2004 American-made Afghan film. It stars Salam Sangi of Gunah, Leena Alam, Farah of the movie Hadesa, Kanishka of the movie Lost Pearls, and Radio Afghanistan and TV artist Qamargul...



  • Afghanistan: Best Singer of the Year (2003)
  • Denmark: Best Singer of the Year (2005)
  • Afghanistan: "Best Album of the Year" (2008)
  • Afghanistan: "Best Singer of the Year" (2009)
  • Human Rights Award: (2007)

Farhad Darya is also working on a new movie with Afghan actor Masood Jan and the movie is in post-production.


  • Released in Afghanistan
    • Yaare Bewafaa (یار بی وفا)
    • Rahe Rafta (راه رفته)
    • Afghan Folk Music (محلي)
    • Zaro Jane (زارو جانه)
    • Baran (باران)
    • Ghazal (غزل)
    • Bolbole Awara (بلبل آواره)
    • Mazdeegar (مازديگر)
    • Bazme Ghazal (بزم غزل)
    • Mehrbaani (مهربانی)

  • Released Abroad
    • Begum Jan (بیگم جان)
    • Teri Soorat (तेरी सूरत / تیری صورت)
    • Ateschparcha (آتش پرچه)
    • Afghanistan (افغانستان)
    • Live In San Francisco (كنسرت سانفرانسيسكو)
    • Shakar (شكر)
    • In Foreign Land (در سرزمين بيگانه)
    • Qabila-e-Ashiq (قبیلهء عاشق)
    • Golom Golom (گُلم گُلم)
    • Salaam Afghanistan (سلام افغانستان)
    • HA!( 2008 )
    • Yahoo (2008)

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