Arieb Azhar is one of the most prominent contemporary folk and Sufi singers and songwriters in Pakistan. Son of the late Aslam Azhar, who is remembered as the architect of television broadcasting in Pakistan, Arieb inherited a rich tradition of arts and culture in his family. Inspired by folk and Sufi music from an early age, his music reflects an attractive and approachable fusion of Western Rock and traditional music of Punjab and Sindh.
Nighat Chaudhary is the leading classical Kathak dancer of Pakistan. Born and raised in the United Kingdom, she moved to Pakistan to practice and promote her passion of classical dance. She is currently teaching classical Kathak dance in Lahore. However, her art has been under attack since the Islamization during the Zia regime in Pakistan. In modern Pakistan, she remains to be one of the few beacons of hope resisting social taboos and keeping the tradition of classical dance alive.
Saif Samejo is the lead vocalist and songwriter of the Sketches band. Samejo is known for his cultural activism and revivalism of the folk music, with Sindhi music as his primary area of interest. Founder of the Lahooti Melo festival, he is credited for bringing ancient Sindhi musical instruments such as Boreendo, Chang and Kamacho to the modern spotlight.
Krishan Laal Bheel
The head of the Bhakti musical troupe of the Bheel tribe of Cholistan, Krishan Laal Bheel is the leading Merwari artist in Pakistan. Bheel’s troupe is known for its Bhakti music, using traditional insturments such as the Manjeera used in Hindu chanting rites. Introduced in a popular show of Pakistan Television in the late 70s, Krishan Laal Bheel has since become an essential feature in folk music shows in the country.
Faqeer Juman Shah
A devotee of the Sindhi saint and Sufi poet Shah Abdul Lateef Bhittai, Faqeer Juman Shah has been playing and teaching his music for more than 30 years. Faqeer Juman masters the Dambura, an instrument similar to the Tanpura, patronized by Bhittai himself. Faqeer teaches the “Wai,” a raga that the devotees chant at the Bhittai shrine every day, keeping a centuries old tradition alive.