In an impressive ceremony at Alhamra Art Center, known singer and musician Attaullah Esa Khailvi proudly introduced his son Sanwal Esa Khailvi, being the successor to his ‘singing throne’.
Sanwal, who has studied engineering from the UK, made his debut at Alhamra with all-out support from his father. When Esa Khailvi himself started his singing career back in 70’s, he had to face a great deal of resistance from his parents and he was discouraged to become a singer. However not repeating the history, the veteran singer held a vibrant and lively launching ceremony for his son’s debut album titled ‘Teray Khayal Mein’ on Friday night. The album -- a mix of Punjabi, Seraiki and Urdu -- is the first effort to step into the world of singers by Sanwal.
Two videos based on two of the songs of the album were also shown on the occasion. Khailvi, who is a Pride of Performance and has some 403 or so music albums to his credit, got emotional while introducing his son as a budding singer. “I am so glad that my son has stepped into singing and I am sure he will make his own recognition in this field,” said Khailvi with his eyes brimmed with tears.
A large number of people from different walks of life and showbiz folks attended the launch.
The Lahore Arts Council administration, finally realising the fact that Alhamra Cultural Complex, a wing of the council at the Qadhafi Stadium, needs a bit of renovation in its halls, has temporarily closed the commercial theatre activity there.
The halls would be renovated in terms of new carpets and seat covers. Another important issue that could not be addressed for the last many years, was putting a fence around the Cultural Complex to avoid security risks. Funds, according to council’s officials, have also been released in this regard and a fence would be set up around the building. The major reason behind fencing around the building is to protect priceless artworks of masters lying in the Permanent Art Gallery of Alhamra Cultural Complex. The Permanent Art Gallery will also be renovated, especially its roof to stop leakage of rainwater. And foyer area of the gallery would also be constructed. Non-availability of sewerage system at the Cultural Complex is another major issue and it is also being addressed now, if delayed, the problem could damage the structures especially the Permanent Art Gallery. Alhamra architect Nayyer Ali Dada has sent a proposal and a design to the arts council in this regard.
The National College of Arts and Last Word on Friday evening held an event to launch a novel titled ‘Between Clay and Dust’ by Musharraf Ali Farooqi.
The novel was published to critical acclaim by David Davidar’s Aleph Book Company in April 2012.
The novelist was interviewed by Raza Rumi on the occasion and during the conversation Farooqi spoke about when and how he decided to write this novel. Musharraf Ali Farooqi is a prolific author and to many literary buffs he is extremely good at storytelling.
Raza Rumi with whom the author had an on-stage conversation session said that Farooqi had revived the art of storytelling because this art had lost somewhere between reader and writer.
Farooqi throwing light on the background of the novel said he observed the life of wrestlers, (read history of sub-continent wrestlers), their outside and inside world. The novel deals with two institutions - that of the wrestler and the prostitute.
To a question, the author said: “Literature is about life and not about goals or achievements.”
He said Nazir Akbar Abadi was a great storyteller but progressive writers had never mentioned him. He said the mettle of classical writers just could not be challenged. About his favourite writers from Urdu language Farooqi mentioned a few names like Afzal Ahmed Syed, Ghulam Abbas, Salman Farooqi. Nayyer Masood, Ali Akbar Nadir and Muhammad Khalid Toor.
‘Between Clay and Dust’ is also being translated into Urdu.
Azad Theatre, a new company which has recently emerged on the horizons of theatre scene in Lahore, will stage its first production on June 4 at Alhamra Art Center, The Mall.
Though Azad Theatre is a new name in the fraternity of theatres from the city, it is `old wine in new bottle.’ The group of people which have formed this theatre are all seasoned actors who were earlier associated with Ajoka Theatre. They got separated from Ajoka back in September 2011 due to personal reasons. The artistes who have formed this group include Sarfraz Ansari, Imranul Haq, Usma Zia and Malik Aslam.
The play they are going to stage is a historical one – ‘Rustam Aur Sohrab’ written by Agha Hashar.
The basic objective of forming this theatre, according to Malik Aslam -- one of the members, is to revive folk theatre and promote the modern theatre.