In 2016, the first Lahooti Melo festival was launched in Hyderabad. In attendance were 73 musicians, writers, activists, filmmakers and artists. The goal: To bring forward the culture of Sindh which is bursting with creativity, mysticism and divine art.
As expected, the festival was a hit and throngs of people from different parts of Sindh gathered at the mela to experience the culture they have been missing out on for years.
The fact is, though globalisation has many advantages, the constant promotion of western and other Asian cultures in the media has caused the youngsters of Pakistan to be disassociated from their roots. Therefore, it’s festivals like Lahooti that reintroduces and bring‘s forth everything great about the different cultures our land is bursting with.
The fifth Lahooti Melo being held on the 14th to 16th of February is a continuation of the mission of promoting the Sindhi culture. This time round, the theme of the mela is Climate Action, Eco not Ego. The aim is to inform the audiences about climate change and its dire affects on our planet. The events at the mela are meant to ingrain the message in the audience’s mind with the aid of panel discussions, workshops, screenings and performances.
Here’s what’s happening on each day:
Day 1: The first day of the festival kicks off with an opening ceremony and a mushaira. For the last few hours of the day, a cultural musical evening will keep the audience enthralled. This includes performances by renown Qawals.
Day 2: The second day focuses on climate change and has numerous discussions that brief the visitors on the repercussions of modernisation as well as the struggles Sindh is facing due to the drastic change in climate.
After some enlightening discourse, the melo will have performances from musicians like Sanam Marvi, The Sketches, and more!
Day 3: Day three is all about protecting the environment, saving our wildlife, and making sure the earth remains litter free. The final day will close with a bang as artists like Kashmir, Hamza Akram Qawwal, Krishan Bheel, and others will hit the stage to give the audience and evening to remember.
Missed this year’s festival? Fret not, next year will be bigger and better. All you have to do is plan your trip beforehand