LAS plans ghazal, theater and folk music festivals – Journal

LAHORE: The Lahore Arts Council (LAS) will host ghazal, theater and folk music festivals. In addition to holding workshops, LAS will relaunch its street theater activities called “Alhamra on Wheels,” LAS executive director Zulfiqar Ali Zulfi told Dawn on Sunday.

The ghazal festival will take place on January 4 and 5, the theater festival from January 7 to 16, and the folk music festival on January 20 and 21.

Mr Zulfi said the ghazal has been limited to salons lately. For the revival of ghazal singing, which has a strong tradition in the subcontinent, the LAC organized this festival. Likewise, for the revival of the parallel theater, the council organized the 11-day theater festival. In addition, folk music had deep roots in this region and had a strong tradition. This is why the council wanted to organize a big festival of folk music, he added.

The ghazal festival will feature singers such as Ghulam Abbas, Hamid Ali Khan, Sara Raza, Fareeha Pervaiz, Saima Jahan, Saira Naseem, Hina Nasrullah and Amanat Ali. The theater festival will feature theatrical productions by creating theater troupes, such as Ajoka, Mass Theater, Naurattan Theater, Ghayyur Theater, Sufi Tabassum Academy and a few others. The folk music festival will feature Attaullah Khan Esakhailvi on the first day of the festival and Arif Lohar on the second day.

Zulfi said that Alhamra will also be holding workshops in the near future, each workshop will last for 15 days. The first workshop on classical music would be led by Ustad Shafqart Ali Khan, followed by another on ghazal led by Hamid Ali Khan and Tarranum Naz. The third workshop would focus on calligraphy. All these workshops would be remunerated.

LAC would also establish a craft bazaar at the Alhamra Cultural Complex at the Gaddafi Stadium, featuring traditional pottery, jewelry, embroidery, woodwork, lace, bone carvings and papier mache. Mr Zulfi said Alhamra was also relaunching its ‘Alhamra on Wheels’ street theater project, which had been put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As part of the project, Zulfi said, theatrical traditions would be performed in markets, bazaars and different areas of the city to revive the tradition of street theater.

Posted in Dawn, December 27, 2021

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