The Lahore Music Meet (LMM) is a two-day event dedicated to the celebration and critique of music in Pakistan. LMM aims to bring together enthusiasts, artisans, artists, patrons, industry representatives and academics to initiate dialogue on the developments in music and their shortcomings. Lahore Music Meet will be held from 4th to 5th April from 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM at the Alhamra Art Center on Mall Road. The event is open to the general public and has no cost of admission.
The Lahore Music Meet team, consisting of founders Natasha Noorani, Zahra Paracha, Hasan Abbas, Noor Habib, creative director Ayesha Haroon, and director programme Sarah N. Ahmed, have set up a series of seminars to stimulate a variety of discussions on music and relevant topics such as; The Technique Behind Classical Music, Marketing Yourself As A Musician, Corporate Patronage Of Music, Music In The World Of Film, Women In Music and many more. The event will also feature workshops and musical performances by renowned musicians including Jimmy Khan and the Big Ears, Asrar, Pappu Saeen & Nasir, Keeray Makoray, Sachal Orchestra, Noor Zehra and Rakae Jamil, Ali Suhail, Sikandar Ka Mandar, Alien Panda Jury, Shajie, Sameen Qasim, Dynoman, Those Retards and Toll Crane.
The seminars will be conducted by a unique blend of esteemed and well-known music patrons, musicians, professors, directors, RJs, producers, and corporate officers. The line-up includes Ahsan Bari, Saif Samejo, Sara Kazmi, Jami, Gumby, Shaheryar Popalzai, Omran Shafique, Asrar, Ali Gul Pir, Suraya & Rahat Multanikar, Izzat Majeed, Iqbal Qaiser, Arshad Mehmood, Arieb Azhar, Rohail Hyatt, Jimmy Khan, Ustad Pervez Paras, Imran Raza, Faheem Mazhar, Raavail Sattar, Ustad Naseerudin, Wes Malik, Altamash Sever, Zoe Viccaji, Hassan Umer, Raza Kazim, Tabish Habib, Selina Rashid, Khalid Bajwa, Waqas Almas, Farhad Mirza, Nadir Shehzad, Waqas Manzoor, Shafqat Ullah, Moosa Abbas, Haamid Ali Khan, Ghazala Irfan, Shehzad Noor, Ali Usman Qasmi, Adnan Malik, Sahir Ali Bagga, Athar Masood, Beenish Pervez, Sara Zaman, Hassan Javid, Ali Aftab, Ammar Rashid, Ustad Salim Khan, Faris Shafi, Ahmer Naqvi, Umer Sheikh, Bassam Qureshi, Mano Javed, Fariha Naqvi, Sharoon Wajahat, Ammara Hashmi, Mandana Zaidi, Jamal Rahman, Ali Suhail, Aziz Ibrahim, Zain Peerzada, Nighat Chaudhry, and Shahida Minni. The event itself has been made possible by sponsors and partners Alhamra Arts Council, Millat Tractors, Sachal Studios, Tariq Glass, PTCL, and Interra.
On speaking about the Lahore Music Meet, founder Natasha Noorani said “I believe that the provision of such a platform is of critical necessity in encouraging the sharing of experiences and aspirations, the reclamation of sites of expression, the appreciation of the sociological contributions of music and efforts to preserve social narratives and critiques embedded within neglected forms of music. It is hoped that such dialogue provides much-needed impetus to processes which could potentially revitalize the dynamics and perceptions of musical activity in the country.”
Lahore Music Meet is an organization that has been established this year to provide a platform for all activities pertaining to music performance, enterprise, education and academia to take place with the ultimate goal of encouraging talents and fostering relationships between individuals within the music fraternity. By providing such a platform, LMM hopes to revitalize the reputation and perception of music within the country and abroad.