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  • Song of Lahore

    09 & 10 Sep
    8:30 p.m.

    Auditorium DBKL
  • 90 minutes, 15-minute interval
  • Cat. A – RM 150
    Cat. B – RM 90
    Students – RM 30


    Free seating within each ticket category


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    11 - 50 tickets: 10% discount
    51 - 100 tickets: 15% discount
    Above 100 tickets: 20% discount

Song of Lahore

Song of Lahore is a cross-cultural re-creation of songs made iconic by the likes of Duke
Ellington, The Beatles, Dave Brubeck, Henry Mancini and Richard Rodgers, as well as
traditional Pakistani folk songs, performed by the Sachal Ensemble. The Song of Lahore was
inspired by the acclaimed documentary film of the same name by two-time Academy Award
winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Andy Schocken.

The musicians of the Sachal Ensemble come from the Pakistani city of Lahore, for hundreds of
years a thriving center of the arts on the Indian subcontinent. In the 1960s and ’70s, Lahore was
the home of “Lollywood,” the Pakistani equivalent of India’s Bollywood film production center,
employing many musicians who were virtuosos on their instruments and who had developed a
distinctive sound and sensibility.

But in 1977, with the establishment of a conservative Islamic regime and Sharia law in Pakistan,
most non-religious music was discouraged. Esteemed musicians were soon out of work, having

to hide their instruments away to take jobs in coffee shops or drive rickshaws. In the early
2000s, the Sachal Ensemble producer, Izzat Majeed, convened a devoted group of surviving
Lahore musicians to rehearse and record privately within his Sachal Studios – to revive their
tradition and keep it alive. Majeed has contributed a significant amount of funds to support the
musicians and their families in the last 10 years so that they could have the freedom to keep
their musical heritage alive.

Since then, the Ensemble has performed at world renowned venues including the Lincoln
Center in New York with Wynton Marsalis; the Marciac in France; the Barbican in London; the
Tokyo Jazz Festival; Bahrain and Dubai Film Festivals; and India to name a few. The
Ensemble’s Take Five received over a million hits on i-Tunes.


Watch Song of Lahore, the movie

Enjoy a screening of Song of Lahore, the documentary film by two-time Academy Award winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Andy Schocken, before the musical performance by the Sachal Ensemble.

Song of Lahore, the movie, traces the journey of the Sachal Ensemble from the anonymity of its small studio in Lahore to worldwide acclaim on the world’s stage, thrilling audiences with its creative fusion of jazz and South Asian instruments.

An inspiring film not to be missed.

9 & 10 Sep 2017
2:30 p.m.

Auditorium DBKL, Jalan Raja Laut, Kuala Lumpur

Screening - 82 mins, followed by a Q&A session with the Sachal Ensemble

Free admission