Folk’s flavor in harmony initiates from their culture and heritage. Pakistan, being the center of attention for the tourists from all around the world contains a specific importance in depicting its cultural heritage and lok (traditional) music. Lok Mela brings around joyous ten days for the people to get to know about their culture, this year Lok Mela made a folk singer happier too. Lok Mela, preserved the heritage best for Saima Jatti.
Bali Jatti was the first women to be the owner of a stage theater in Punjab but she did not permitted her daughter to adhere her profession but her granddaughter Saima Jatti chose the profession by heritage.
Samia Akhtar as known as Saima Jatti being the granddaughter of Bali Jatti engrossed the spectators by performing the melodious notes and shared the stage with Fazal Jutt on 8th April 2017 at Lok Mela, Islamabad Pakistan.
The annual ten days colorful festival add more color to it, when the performing artists feel proud to take forward their ancestors profession.
During the mela, I met Saima Akhtar.
A very loving artist from Lahore who performed a song during the day time ‘Teray Bajray di Rakhi’ and while talking to her I came to know that she she really happy as she was given her grandmother’s dress in legacy.
The black dress she wore while performing with Fazal Jutt
holds great importance, as the same dress was worn by Bali Jatti in 1987 while performing at the stage of lok virsa. This is how lok mela, preserved the heritage best for Saima Jatti.
As you begin to realize that every different type of music, everybody’s individual music, has its own rhythm, life, language and heritage, you realize how life changes, and you learn how to be more open and adaptive to what is around us. 🙂