Popular music group Sachal Ensemble, featured in the film “Songs of Lahore” will perform in the Capital Region in this October. The event will be organized with the collaboration between Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), Proctors and Universal Preservation Hall. The music group will perform at Proctors on October 28 and at the Spa Little Theatre on October 30.
While speaking on holding such classical music event, the President and CEO of SPAC Elizabeth Sobol said that she watched the film “Songs of Lahore” in 2014 and it had a profound impact on her. This year, the film will be screened at Proctors on October 24 and at Bowtie Criterion Cinemas on October 29.
Two-time Academy Award-winning director Sharmeed Obaid-Chinoy and Andy Schocken made the film “Songs of Lahore” that tells the story of music group Sachal Ensemble. The film depicted how traditional musicians are struggling to survive within the brutality and oppression of modern Pakistan.
While expressing his resentment over the struggle of traditional musicians, the producer of Sachal group Izzat Majeed said that music lovers of Pakistan were losing their musicians and culture and something had to be done about it. In the early 2000s, Majeed had made efforts to help a group of musicians to survive and he recorded their music in his Sachal Studios.
The film “Songs of Lahore” demonstrated how their expensive music-making gave them hope in keeping the tradition alive. It also helped in sustaining them in their struggle. While talking about the film, Proctors CEO Philip Morris said that the film has shown how music can be made in the struggle. The brave musicians shown in the film used that art and skill to sooth within an unfavorable environment, the CEO added.