Lahooti Melo an Ode to Liberated Women, enthralls, enchants and empowers

Jamshoro: The annual Lahooti Melo festival kicked off in style on Saturday, yesterday and is all set to set the stage on fire today.

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The two-day-festival is taking place in Jamshoro where artists, activists and people from different walks of life are performing together to highlight good arts and social problems.


The founder of the event Saif Samejo revealed he got the idea after someone close to him opened up about being harassed by a celebrity.

“This year’s Lahooti Melo was extremely tough because it revolved around a case close to my heart,” said the musician. “This event is all about women. Their voices, their stories and their ordeals; celebrating women in all their glory and urging them to come forward with their tales…”

Two-time Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, also present at the event unveiled snippets from her upcoming documentary on female freedom fighters. Herein, the film-maker will be telling the stories of women who speak up against violence, are leading elite forces in Nowshera and those who are fighting for the betterment of Pakistan.


“We (women) are the ones who climb the mountains, we are the ones who bring Oscars home,” Obaid-Chinoy stated to cheers from the crowd. “Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah once said, ‘There are two powers in this world, a sword and a pen. And then there’s another one: the power of a woman.’ And if we work together, the power of a woman will make Pakistan shine.”

“We believe that by organising such events, we can inspire social change and begin to transform our community, country and the world,” stated the description on the festival’s Facebook page.

The organizers have dedicated the festival to much larger issues such as gender discrimination. Hence, the theme: An ode to the liberated woman.


The organisers also aim to simultaneously engage members of the academia, government officials and head of institutions so that some practical solutions can be carved out from the festival.

Started in 2016, the fourth Lahooti Melo is being organised in collaboration with the Sindh Culture Department.

The annual Lahooti Melo, founded by The Sketches front-man Saif Samejo is kicked off on February 9, 2019. The two-day-festival took place in University of Sindh, Jamshoro.

Artists who are scheduled to perform at Lahooti Melo 2019 collectively exhibit the many sides of Pakistani music – ranging from Sufi, regional folk to electronic, rock, pop, rap and more.

The festival will continue to host a diverse line-up of artists, speakers. Among them is Hamza Akram Qawwal, The Sketches, Dhool music group, Mughal-e-Funk, Rachel Viccaji, Tajdar Zaidi (storyteller), Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Jami Mehmood, Kami Sid, writer and author Mohammed Hanif and many more.

This time Newsone, Tvone and FM 91 is official media partner of Lahooti Melo 4.

Lahooti Melo is a festival to talk Music, dance, Poetry & various genres of Art in Jamshoro, Sindh,  where folk artists, main stream as well as indigenous musicians, poets, instrumentalists, writers, filmmakers and keynote speakers from different societies will participate and share their stories & perform their art.

 

 

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“It is a kind of event where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted between the audience and artists. It’s an event to take a deliberate pause and feed your mind, body and soul. It’s for art and artists, culture and discourse to intentionally collide,” said Saif Samejo

 

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SUPPORT LAHOOTI MELO, FOR SPONSORSHIP AND DETAILS EMAIL US AT MELO@LAHOOTI.ORG OR VISIT THE LINK BELOW. http://melo.lahooti.org/become-a-sponsor-now Lahooti Melo 2019 – AN ODE TO A LIBERATED WOMAN We are back with the 4th edition of Lahooti Melo on 9th & 10th of February 2019 by THE SKETCHES! in Collaboration with ‘Sindh Culture Department’ – A Festival to Talk Music, Dance, Poetry & various genres of Art in Jamshoro, Sindh, Pakistan. Where Folk Artists, Main Stream as well as Indigenous musicians, poets, instrumentalists, writers, filmmakers and keynote speakers from different societies will participate and share their stories & perform their art. Lahooti Melo is a kind of event where racial and cultural connections will be consciously uplifted between the audience and artists. Its an event to take a deliberate pause and feed your mind, body and soul. Its for art and artists, culture and discourse to intentionally collide. We believe that by creating such events we can inspire social change and begin to transform our community, country and the world. Get ready for 2 days non stops music & let the music rules the hearts because ”We Believe In Music” Venue: Pavilion, University of Sindh, Jamshoro #MusicFestival #LahootiLiveSessions #TheSketches #LM2019 #Lahootimelo2019

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Lahooti Melo started out as an extension of the Lahooti Live Session in 2016. These were organised by The Sketches frontman Saif Samejo in an attempt to promote the native music of Sindh.

In past years, Lahooti Melo has hosted artists such as Aaroh, Faraz Anwar, Khumariyaan, Rakae Jamil, Sounds of Kolachi, Arieb Azhar and many more.

The fourth Lahooti Melo is organised in collaboration with the Sindh Culture Department this time. The event is free for public.


Lahooti Melo proved to be a success overall, especially in terms of getting its message across. Women are here to stay. And we hope it’s only the beginning.

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