I was recently invited to the music video launch of Ali Sethi’s latest single, Mahi Mera. Ali is a multi-talented individual; Harvard graduate, published author and a classically trained vocalist. Talk about diversity… 🙂
Following the participation and appreciation on Coke Studio’s Season 8, music for award-winning biopic “Manto” and his spellbinding single ‘Kithay Nain Na Jorin’ last year, the soulful and multifaceted musician Ali Sethi has released his first song and video of the year on 05th February 2016: “Mahi Mera”, a collaboration with folk artist Jamaldin, with a video directed by acclaimed international filmmaker Umar Riaz. (more…)
During my first year in Uni, I studied Communication Skills. As part of our module, we were supposed to make a documentary filmon a subject of our own choice. Me and my two friends chose Basant. Basant is a kite-flying festival which is usually a way of welcoming spring! It is widely celebrated in Punjab, both Pakistan as well as India.
The historic city of Lahore is the hub of all Basant festivities. People from all over the country and even abroad come to Lahore to celebrate the ‘Kite-Flying’ Festival in true Lahori enthusiasm. In the recent years, corporate brands have sponsored concerts, decorated park and gone to extreme lengths by producing Basant advertisements on TV during the much hyped season. One gets to see Yellow everywhere and hospitable Lahoris are always spotted on the roofs, either flying kites or arranging entertaining barbecue evenings. However, since the past few years Basant has been banned due to its extreme negative consequences. Metallic twines used to fly kites are a great threat to life and safety.
This short documentary film highlights our concerns, as we aim to get the answer: ‘Basant: Bash or Blood?’
We made this in 2007 so please please ignore some sound and other technical issues.