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Song of Lahore: How these Pakistani artistes kept their music alive

The story of Sachal Studios — as narrated by film-maker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy in her latest documentary "Songs of Lahore" — is as haunting as it is touching.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: December 25, 2015 10:56:26 pm

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What once used to be the pride of Pakistan, has today got lost under the influence of Taliban. The country used to boast of its rich music culture but ever since the extremists started calling the shots, it has lost its charm. In such a restrictive environment, a few musicians took it upon themselves to preserve their cultural heritage. They came together and produced a video that became an instant hit.

The story of Sachal Studios — as narrated by film-maker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy in her latest documentary “Song of Lahore” — is as haunting as it is touching. The documentary traces the journey of the musicians who went on to receive international recognition but suffered the darkness of anonymity and censure in their own country.

“For at least a thousand years, Lahore was one of the great art centers. But ever since the Taliban arrived, music has collapsed”: the story takes on from this hard-hitting statement.

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