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US Consul General Grace Shelton opens Sindhi Music Festival Lahooti Melo in Hyderabad

HYDERABAD (21 Jan., 2017): Grace Shelton Consul General of USA at Karachi post and  Syed Sardar Shah Culture Minister Sindh have opened the two-day music festival Lahooti Melo here today.

Speaking on the occasion Consul General held: “Events like Lahooti Melo music festival show the power of the arts as a medium for cultural identity and social harmony – that’s why we’re so glad the U.S. Consulate is one of the sponsors of this year’s festival”.

This year’s edition of Lahooti Melo will feature the American music band The Dallas Brown Band and American guitarists Andrew David Tutmark and Ben Rector.

In addition to sponsoring a booth at the festival where visitors are given information about the U.S. government’s educational and cultural exchange programs, the U.S. Consulate’s diplomats based in Karachi will lead virtual sessions on U.S. music traditions and folk instruments.

Deputy Commissioner Hyderabad and other notable leaders from the area were conspicuous among the people present there.

Earlier in the morning, CG Shelton visited the shrine of Sufi poet Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai in Bhit Shah and listened to a live music performance by the faqeers of Shah Bhitai.

Commenting on the experience CG Shelton stated: “Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai was a gifted poet and musician. His many works showed the world the beauty of the language and culture of Sindh”. | YouTube Channel

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.