Song of Lahore
Director: Andy Schocken, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Cinematographer: Asad Faruqi
Language: Urdu, English with English subtitles
- DURATION : 82 min
- COUNTRY : Pakistan, United States
With its ancient palaces and stately gardens, the Lahore of Pakistan's 1947 independence was a haven and a muse for musicians, artists, and poets. Today, this vision of Lahore exists only in myth. Islamisation, ethnic divisions, war and corruption have torn apart the cultural fabric of Pakistan, and the sounds of the tabla no longer drift through the old city's bazaar.In 2004, Izzat Majeed founded Sachal Studios to create a space for traditional music in a nation that had rejected its musical roots. After convincing a number of master musicians to pick up their instruments again, they quietly released some classical and folk albums. But it is an experimental album fusing jazz and South Asian instruments that brings Sachal Studios worldwide acclaim. Despite their rising international acclaim, Sachal Studios remains virtually unknown in Pakistan. The ensemble is faced with a daunting task; to reclaim and reinvigorate an art that has lost its space in Pakistan s narrowing cultural sphere.