Icons of Afghan and Global Music, Arts and Culture to Headline Ariana Television’s 10th Annual ATN Music Awards in Istanbul on 5 April 2016

Annual Celebration To Highlight Shared Artistic History Between Turkey and Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan, April 1, 2016 / PRNewswire / — Ariana Television Network (ATN) (www.arianatelevision.com), Afghanistan’s premier broadcaster of award-winning television and radio programming will welcome a star-studded roster of Afghan and International recording artists scheduled to the stage at ATN’s 10th Annual Afghan Music Awards, which will be broadcast from the Istanbul Congress Center (ICC), on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 5:00PM local time.

Performances by an array of Afghan music icons, including Ustad Mahwash, Ramshah Shifa, Ustad Gulzaman, Farhad Darya, Ustad Khyal, Amir Jan Sabori, Wahid Qasimi and Mozhdah Jamalzadah, will celebrate the alluring and timeless musical heritage of Afghanistan and the region.

“The ATN Awards are the world’s most prominent forum for honoring the best of Afghanistan’s arts and culture,” said Mr. Bassir Bayat, co-founder of ATN and Chief Administrative Officer of The Bayat Group. “Hosting this amazing recognition of Afghan and regional culture in Istanbul, highlights the friendly and longstanding links between Turkey and Afghanistan—and affirms that our shared artistic history continues to enrich the world.”

ATN expects that the 10th Annual Afghan Music awards will be viewed by a large international audience in Afghanistan, Turkey, and around the globe. “We’re very gratified by the strength of our Afghan and worldwide audience, and for our viewers’ support of ATN’s mission to recognize, preserve and contribute to Afghanistan’s cultural heritage,” Mr. Bayat said.

Additional information about the 10th Annual ATN Music awards is available from the event website: www.atnawards.com

About ATN:
Launched in 2005 by Mr. Ehsan Bayat, Founder of ATN and the Chairman of The Bayat Group (www.bayat-group.com), ARIANA Television (ATN) and Radio Ariana 93.5 are the largest private media channels in Afghanistan, covering 33 of 34 provinces and reaching over 20,000,000 Afghans.

Focusing on information, content and entertainment that rekindles Afghanistan’s traditions and culture, ATN’s programming places particular emphasis on education, health, children’s programming, women’s and world issues, and we take great pride in broadcasting accurate, unbiased news to our audience.

ATN provides the Afghan Nation with a “Window for a Better Tomorrow”, by exposing our radio and television audiences to the best of international arts & culture and expanding opportunities for Afghan writers, producers, actors, and directors. Along with our affiliated enterprises – The Afghan Wireless Communication Company – and The Bayat Foundation, we employ and train more than 6,500 Afghans throughout the country and we are proud to have Afghans building and broadcasting ATN / Ariana 93.5 for all of Afghanistan.

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