The fourth version of Lahooti Melo kicks off this weekend with non cease music and love for music.
This yr, the Melo has the theme of ‘An Ode to a Liberated Lady’ and holds many periods in respect to that. The Melo will function quite a few energy talks on points akin to pressured marriages and gender and public areas.
Quite a few artists, each well-known and upcoming, are set to take the stage for performances, together with Mekaal Hassan, Arieb Azhar, Jimmy Khan and Chand Tara Orchestra.
Group Photographs received in contact with the Lahooti Melo founder Saif Samejo and organisers Sana A Khoja and Areesha Khuwaja.
Saif Samejo can be the founding father of the Lahooti Music Ashram, a platform for musicians who can’t get the alternatives they deserve, and for selling peace and concord by way of music. He might be performing on the Melo along with his band The Sketches.
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Sana A.Khoja is the actual brain behind #LahootiMelo and strength of Lahooti, i call her Iron Lady, she is strong, responsible not like a man but as SANA, she doesn’t want to be a man, she doesn’t to be known as man but a woman, She is actually a Wonder Woman with great patience and honesty. She has that courage to dream big and live it. When I hear many women cries against men which is perfectly all right & truth since men made society is cruel, it made armies, weapons, bombs, religions, countries, divisions and there is nothing good to be a man and glorify the trends men has given to world and that’s what she knows and understands and she prefers to be herself, she lives as wants, creates as she wants and she gives us all courage to face greater hardships. Whenever I think about her a strong woman comes to my mind and she doesn’t want to be like a man, she doesn’t want to earn dominance in life but a life to care, gather & giver. Happy #womensday to the strongest woman I know 🙏🏽😊❤️
Sana manages the logistics, volunteers, artists and rather more whereas Areesha is the artist who created the animated video for the Sketches monitor, ‘Raat.’ She designed the artwork work of Lahooti dwell periods and Lahooti Melo.
Photographs: How would you briefly describe the Lahooti Melo?
Group: Our tag line says all of it – A pageant to speak music, poetry, artwork, and dance. It’s a pageant having one thing for all. However what units it aside is the way it consciously uplifts racial, cultural and now gender based mostly connections, between the viewers and artists. Lahooti melo has change into an amplifier for the small however highly effective voice coming from deep contained in the hearts of a standard person who spreads like a wildfire by itself and consumes all those that change into part of it.
Photographs: How did you come to decide on the festivals theme ‘An Ode to a Liberated Lady’?
Group: The theme, ‘An Ode To a Liberated Lady’ represents layers and layers of steps of rising from particular person consciousness to a collective one. Our inspiration is a narrative of a lady and a predator that began from our first pageant. However that story not belongs to that predator. That story has change into about that one woman and her journey to therapeutic.
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It begins from a previous rooted in ache: a sort of ache that provides one depth, and strikes in direction of therapeutic: right here there are breaths to be taken and a lesson to be recalled. Lesson that top is simply as essential as depth to create steadiness and top can’t be reached with out tending to the injuries that the depth introduced with it. Lastly, the ladder to liberation: giving your feelings the price they deserve, rising out of the societal expectations, selecting to not let your self be outlined by anybody or anything apart from your self, and finally rising above personal self picture as properly to open your interior eyes to see how limitless you might be. We selected a lady to mirror this journey of rising above as a result of we imagine it begins together with her. She represents & educates the household, leads the group to well being, and can finally stroll the world in direction of therapeutic together with her sensitivity as her energy and vulnerability as her armor.
Photographs: What does this theme imply or hope to symbolize?
Our staff is aware of what number of massive challenges we have now confronted after we determined to decide on this theme. It is as a result of it has weight. It’s an sincere hope to symbolize the voice of the unheard and the silenced. The voice suffocated beneath the lads in energy. The voice of survivors of violence stifled beneath the stress of defending the honour of their household or their group. The voice of all courageous souls struggling and on the lookout for others like them, for path and for hope. By this theme, by way of a lady, we purpose to symbolize each particular person within the society on the lookout for therapeutic and transferring past.
Photographs: What demographic is that this pageant catering to? What demographic finally ends up attending?
Group: Lahooti caters to viewers from throughout South Asia. The place we have now periods centered to handle present points and speedy actions that must be taken relating to these artistic, developmental, Social justice associated, environmental, psychological well being or instructional challenges confronted by our personal public, our periods additionally mirror the problems and options which can be a part of the discourse of all South Asian international locations. Some periods are part of the worldwide discussions too however in the long run we all the time discover our approach again to our roots with them. Equally, we carry international cultures to Sindh by way of music, dance, and theater performances as properly. We find yourself getting viewers from everywhere in the nation and different South Asian international locations too. Nonetheless, there is a bigger international viewers on our social media that will like to be bodily current in our celebration provided that with different international locations weren’t so sophisticated. We hope to some day welcome them in our nice massive household too.
Photographs: What periods or performances ought to individuals be certain to attend?
Group: This yr, we have now such promising periods and performances that it has change into tough for us to select favorites. Nonetheless, we’re actually trying ahead to the dialogue in Be Khauf Azad Hai Jeena Mujhe: From #Metoo to #NeverAgain, Redefining Consent, and lady by way of the eyes of literature. All periods may have one thing new to supply however these three very fastidiously curated periods maintain the essence to our pageant’s theme this yr. There are very some very attention-grabbing particular person Energy Talks to happen as properly, and they’re a should for each attendee. Performances are all price experiencing. We now have wonderful native and indigenous expertise on board and our worldwide line up of artists from Italy, Nepal, France, and the US is already creating fairly an uproar in our viewers.