Erum to put on display Ek Khawab Sa Dekha Hai on Jan 1

Erum Ashfaq, a Lahore-based artist, is all set to host her solo exhibition titled Ek Khawab Sa Dekha Hai at Alhamra Arts Gallery on January 1. “I gathered from life that it reverts to its originality for one is created for and every particle of the universe continues to drag in that direction,” Erum said about her initiation of art career. “Painting is the most intense mode of individualism that world has known. It enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time,” she said. Erum Ashfaq emerged on the horizon of art world in 2010 when Nayyer Ali Dada gave her the first opportunity to exhibit her art in his gallery. It was a profound effect of her powerful strokes and use of colors that made Dada to provide her with the opportunity with a zero background in the art world.–Staff Reporter

Alhamra Cultural Complex halls being revamped

The renovation of Hall No 1 and 2 of Alhamra Cultural Complex has been started by the management of Lahore Arts Council. These halls are being used for commercial and non-commercial stage shows. The renovation included improvement of stage and replacement of chairs. Lahore Arts Council Executive Director Captain R Atta Muhammad Khan told APP on Thursday that Alhamra is the biggest cultural centre in the country and the hall and sitting arangements and stage designs would be upgraded according to the international standards. He said that there was need to promote Pakistani culture to create harmony and peace in society.–App

Lahore Music Meet from Jan 6

Pakistan’s leading comprehensive music symposium, Lahore Music Meet (LMM18), has announced the performance line-up for its fourth edition at Alhamra Arts Council from January 6. The two-day festival is dedicated to bring together artists from across Pakistan. Karachi-based band Sikandar ka Mandar, Balochistan’s Akhtar Channalon, Qawwal Farid Ayaz, Taka Tak Band, Zohaib Bilal, Alien Panda Jury, Sameen Qasim & Co, Sunny Khan Durrani, Bayaan, Sami Amiri, Fazal Jatt, Bushra Marvi and others will show up at the festival. The Lahore Music Meet team consists of festival directors Natasha Noorani and Zahra Paracha with Sana Nasir as lead designer and Munizeh Sinai as the programming manager.–Staff Reporter

CM prays for recovery of Munnu Bhai

Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has sent a bouquet to renowned journalist, intellectual and columnist Munnu Bhai, who is under treatment in a private hospital. He prayed for his early recovery and expressed good wishes, saying that Mannu Bhai enjoys a distinctive position in column writing and he has given a new dimension to the genure. The CM also lauded the literary and journalistic services of Mannu Bhai and prayed that may Allah Almighty give him complete health. Also, Shehbaz expressed a deep sense of sorrow and grief over the sad demise of Master Aashique Hussain, a music composer of memorable songs. In his condolence message, the chief minister prayed that may Allah Almighty rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage and strength to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with fortitude.–APP