Alhamra Live aims to be the platform local musicians need

After the cancellation of 'Awaz Punjab', Arts Council took it upon themselves to start an initiative for young...

Adnan Lodhi April 26, 2019

Alhamra Arts Council organised the fourth edition of Alhamra Live, an initiative to bring young and talented musicians to the fore. A number of artists from across Punjab performed on the occasion.

The Punjab Information and Culture Department failed to kick start Awaz Punjab due to mismanagement. Thus, members of the Arts Council took it upon themselves to provide a platform to budding artists. The programme was another project of Executive Director, Ather Ali Khan, aimed at providing an opportunity for aspiring singers to showcase their talent at a national and eventually, international level.


A large number of young male and female singers took part in Alhamra Live. E-invites were sent to various colleges and universities through which many participated at the event. Famous Pakistani songs from yesteryear films were sung by the contestants and their performances were highly appreciated by audiences. The team of Alhamra Unplugged also performed at Alhamra Live.

"Alhamra Arts Council is home to many musicians, artists, folk singers and classical dancers from all over the country who delight people through their art," Khan told The Express Tribune.


He continued, "The general audience knows Alhamra as the cultural hub of Punjab and Alhamra’s team is working hard under the supervision of Alhamra Arts Council to make the platform accessible to all kinds of people related to fine arts."

Khan went on to share that Alhamra arranges festivals, drama events and musical nights on a regular basis so that artists from different parts of the country get an opportunity to exhibit their talent. "One of the most enlightening aspects of Alhamra is the provision of a rich cultural environment to our young and amateur artists and students who have just begun learning arts professionally. Alhamra is located in Punjab but it has become a brand of cultural promotion and diversification in Pakistan.".


The emerging singers also expressed their joy after the disappointment they felt due to the cancellation of Awaz Punjab. "This event was appreciated by many people, especially us participants. It was a great event for young singers as Alhamra is the place for us to polish our talent," stated budding singer Wasif Ali.

He added, "Around two months ago, we were asked to send our portfolio for Awaz Punjab but that show has now been cancelled. We  demand that Awaz Punjab be held as many singers around the country are hoping for a platform like that to showcase their talent and skill."

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