Sachal Jazz Orchestra
Drawing on influences from Lahore to New York, the Ensemble presents innovative jazz and bossa nova standards from their recent album that has captured musical imaginations with a flood of internet hits. Their fresh re-working of Dave Brubeck's iconic Take Five prompted the jazz legend to exclaim that "this is the most interesting and different recording of Take Five that I have ever heard." Other innovative interpretations include Antonio Carlos Jobim's 'The Girl from Ipanema' and Dave Grusin's 'Mountain Dance', the latter highlighting some incredible sitar playing. In the reworked 'Misty', composed by Erroll Garner, the sitar and tabla supply the melody lines layered on a lush rhythmic foundation provided by the traditional clay pot, ghungroos (ankle-bells), triangle, and tambourine. Blended with these south Asian instruments are sweeping classical violins and bursts of western drum, guitar and bass.
Gauher Aftab is the CEO of CFx Comics, one of Pakistan’s pioneering digital entertainment companies that has produced illustrated and animated content for education and various social issues. He is the author of the internationally acclaimed 'Paasban' graphic novel series, published as CFX Comics debut series in June 2015. Inspired by the potential for local content in Pakistan, CFx Comics aims to tell their stories across all multimedia platforms including comic books, tv series, animated movies, games and others. Previously, Gauher has worked in diverse fields like Financial Services, Advertising, Education, Telecommunication, and Social Development.
Haseeb Abbasi’s phenomenal story of overcoming the obstacles of growing up with intellectual disability is beyond inspirational. Determined to fight for others, Haseeb is actively helping to change the perceptions and mindsets of the society, thereby making a way for the intellectually disabled to follow their dreams like everyone else.
Izzat Majeed is a renowned music producer/ arranger of music and the owner of the Sachal Studios. Sachal Studios is now very well renowned in Pakistan, India and the West.
Izzat Majeed produces and arranges all kind of music from classical, folk, current music and Jazz. Recently, Sharmeen Obaid made the movie Song of Lahore on the amazing journey of the orchestra.
Izzat Majeed was immersed in the music from early days with his father who was a renowned businessman and a very close friend of the great Ali Akbar, son of the Master Allaudin Khan, and Jaidev who also learned from the Master of his era.
Razi Ahmed is the founding director and CEO of the annual Lahore Literary Festival, the first such public initiative in Lahore. He has organized three successive editions of the Festival since its debut in 2013. He is a director in his family-run business house of Associated Group and has spearheaded his company's CSR initiatives in public education at Government College, Forman Christian College, and Care Schools, Lahore.
Ahmed served on the jury of the 2015 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. He has written for Dawn, Open Democracy, Dissent, and Huffington Post.
Rizwan Nusrat has earned himself the experience of providing marketing solutions to companies across the board. He has managed 360 degree marketing campaigns for several successful product launches and finds the innovation and creativity involved in his work to be a key driving strength in his career.
Rizwan is currently leading the work on product development and marketing strategy for GRID and finds it exciting to pitch a video game to a development audience.
Syeda Ghulam Fatima
She has been imprisoned, tortured, electrocuted, harassed and exploited but she did not discontinue her struggle.
Due to her extensive struggle and bold statements at national and international media Government of Punjab Promulgated “Prohibition of Child Labor Ordinance 2016” and government started a campaign of enrollment of brick kiln workers’ children in schools.