Sain Zahoor – the Image of Pakistani Folk Music

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I first came across the soulful music from Sain Zahoor a few years back in his debut song at Coke Studio, Pakistan, where he sang Aik Alif.

It was a collaboration with many leading musician of the country. The song was sung along with a lock rock band called Noori.

From the beginning to the end, Sain Zahoor mesmerized me with his passionate and deeply resounding tone. The tone, the attitude and the pitch of the voice cannot possibly be explained in words.

I would rather have you have a listen to it yourself.

Aik Alif, Noori & Saieen Zahoor – Coke Studio, Pakistan


The song itself holds and immense and emotional meaning to it and it is further emphasized by the beautiful and blissful voice of Sain Zahoor.

The theme, the setup, the personality, the song, and the overall act put together in this live show is everything we as folklore lovers dream for.

Folk photography is great, we think a picture can speak a million words but music doesn’t need to speak words. It transcend that barrier altogether.

Lahooti Live Sessions – A Review

Lahooti Live Session – a phenomenon that has struck a deep cord in me. It is our passion manifested in music. While we try to capture this essence from out photographs, this idea captures it via music. Never has our travel and adventures met something as strong as this.  Music, along with photography, is a hobby that is we hold dearly in our hearts especially if it takes it roots from simplicity.

What is Lahooti Live Session?

These are sessions organized and introduced by a visionary Saif Samejo from Sindh, Pakistan who has made a platform to promote indigenous music.

Here is a musical track produced by Lahooti Live Session that shows its essence.

Jai Ram Jogi – Bheen (Malhaar)

Here is another

Maro Re Balam

Moments Lahooti Live Sessions – Intro Video


So now we hope you get what Lahooti Live Sessions is all about. It is about promoting the folk music from the Indo-pak. To bask in the essence of this music, you do need to have an acquired taste. It is quite out of the ordinary and not meant for all ears just as metal is not music for the masses.

It also beats the norm of listening to the same 4 or 5 pieces of musical instruments cleverly arranged on a computer software. This is what pure talent looks like that trickles down from generations to generations.

The music here is nothing more like a secret recipe that has been passed down from a mother to a daughter.

It is pleasure and an honor to listen to this music live in person.

Getting the Right Tools Ready for Photography – Notes on Laptop

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A photographer is futile without a proper set of equipment. In the olden times, the term tools of the trade was referred to professionals like blacksmiths or sword-smiths who used an extensive array of tools to make their masterpieces. Today, this term perfectly defines a photographers.

If you seek to produce a masterpiece, you need to get the rights tools in hand first.

What kind of tools do you need?

Here is a list of things that you need outside your camera and lenses

  • Studio Instruments
  • Laptop
  • Monitor
  • Software

Let us now talk about them briefly one by one. Note that each of these tools requires years and years of training in order to master. So getting the tool is just one piece of the puzzle.

Studio Instruments

This is the most obvious and if you are an avid photographer that chances are that you already own most of the tools in this category.

This includes obvious instruments like a DSRL Camera and lenses, a toolkit/bag, strap, tripod, gorilla pod, lens filters, External flash Units, and cleaning kits as far as the camera is concerned.

Then you need a complete lighting studio (if you are going to be doing any in house photographers, we personally have not invested in this as we mostly outdoors).

Laptop

macbookNow things get a little less intuitive. Of course everybody needs a laptop these days but few know that their specific things that you need to look for in laptops for photography.

For starters you need a decent overall hardware. On top that you also need to make sure that the screen on the laptop has great colors. The best screen available at the moment is on Apple Macbook Pro. The cover all of sRGB and most of Adobe RGB.

If you are traveling around mostly and you do not have the luxury to either spend or carry a professional monitor all the time, then investing on a top notch laptop is a must.

Monitor

This should not come are a surprise, but photographers usually tend to have a very keen sense of color and a demand for perfection in what they see.

Well, that would obviously me an issue if you do not have a professional monitor that can represent 100% life like colors. These aren’t your average monitors. The cost for some these can go over $1,000.

There are plenty of great websites out there that talk about monitors. One website that has really stood out for us is www.bestthinbezelmonitor.com. We feel the author knows what he is talking about.

Software

We try our best to capture natural images; however, now and then we do tend to resort to Photoshop. Well, that is the only software that we would recommend you to master. Fortunately, there are a ton of tutorial available for you.

Mode of Travel for Rural Life – Bikes All the Way

Do you think cars and motorcycles are the only mode staple modes of transport in the world? Think again because there IS life outside of cities where luxuries like a combustion engine does not exist.

We are talking about places and people who rely solely on animals and their own muscles as the mode of transports. This may sound like an extinct idea from pre 1850s era. But it is still a reality for a majority of the people out there.

One of our passions is learning about the simple folks of the world. In our effort to travel and photography the rural areas of indo-pak area, we have inherited plenty of insight in the lives of these simple folks.

Donkey Carts

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First up is the all time favorite – Donkey carts. Donkeys are widely used across rural and underdeveloped world as a prime for of transport for goods.

I use the word “underdeveloped” here because that is what we are used to hearing when we see a place that is not a hustling and bustling city. I do not agree to the idea that terms represents. They may be underdeveloped in terms of modern day technology but more developed in terms of happiness and quality of sleep.

The only issue I have here is animal abuse. I can only imagine what some of these animals must be going through. But you cannot possibly judge a person who earns less than $1 per day.

This mode of transportation isn’t just limited to donkeys. There are horse, Ox and even camel carts.

Cycling

cyclesCycling is still a profound mode of transportation for rural areas of the world. To imagine that someone would use his/her own energy to travel – quite not comprehensible for us on our high horse.

Plus, the cycles used aren’t what you would quite imagine. These bicycles are very old. Some even passed down by their fathers as heirloom.

While we sit here and talk about Best hybrid bikes for men, there are people out there who have been happily riding 25-30 years old bike.

Walking

womenThere you have it. As an unfathomable as it sounds, people still do walk kilometers upon kilometers just to get to the nearest source of water.

Yes, people really are that simple and untouched by capitalism. Yes, people are really that poor to not have enough money to buy a water bottle. Yes, people really are that attached to their way of life.

It doesn’t matter if you think that is beneath you. The fact is, our way of life is not the answer to happiness. We are begging to realize the more we advance technologically.

Did you know that millennials are more depressed than any other generation? Here is a research that talks about this.

The Most Notable Activities of Pakistani Youth

Pakistan has one of the largest youth in the world. Even though the country is underdeveloped, the youth is extremely proactive. Like the youth of any country in today’s time, Pakistani youth has also been globalized as well as influenced by the western media.

You can see several of the western activities creeping into the Pakistani society.

Partying

Even though most of the things that considered normal in western world are considered illegal in Pakistan, the Youth still finds it ways. For example, alcohol, and dance parties have become a normal activity in the elite spheres of Pakistani youth.

Gaming

Other than that, most of the youth is a lot into gaming. You see a lot of the Pakistani kids now going around with their gaming laptop. Although they go for the most affordable gaming laptop because of the prevailing purchasing power parity of the country, the youth is still highly enthusiastic about their gaming.

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Politics

The youth of Pakistan is highly politicized and very politically oriented. Most of the discussion that do take place are regarding politics one way or another.

Although this is highly encouraged in any youth of a country, in a place like Pakistan, things also get a bit violent. Differences give rise to hatred, hatred than inevitably turns into physical harm.

Education

Almost all of Urban youth population of the country is educated. Unfortunately, the same could not be said for the rural population. The vast majority of the youth lives in the rural parts of the country. Sadly, due to lack of a proper education infrastructure in the rural country and prevailing feudal system, education is left on the back burner by most families who seek child labor to support their families.

The youth of Pakistan hold a lot of potential if given a proper platform. However, due to the various labeling and media trial against the country, the average person has been neglected.