Mekaal Hasan announces launch of 'Rivayat' series

Web Desk 10:09 PM | 31 Jan, 2023
Mekaal Hasan announces launch of 'Rivayat' series
Source: Instagram

The music industry was stunned last summer by the news of a fire at the Digital Fidelity studio.

The former launch pad for artists like Atif Aslam and Noori was now a relic, the swan song to Lahore's music scene, a place where the music lived on forever. Stars old and new came together to mourn the loss and rebuild, brick by brick, with renewed determination. 

As funds continued to pour in and prices skyrocketed, the mastermind behind Mekaal Hasan Band and some of Pakistan's finest musical works were ready to embrace tradition once again. The Rivayat series, true to its name, was one of the few projects that survived the major blaze and are now fully prepared for release on the internet.

Rivayat is Hasan's solo project that highlights local musical talent in various forms of traditional music. It will be released in episodic format.

A press statement from Mekaal states that the series showcases a diverse range of traditional music styles, from classical to folk to semi-classical, including qawwali, thumri, ghazal and instrumentals. This collection of music represents the stories and culture of the people who created it and whose history is embodied in the music. 

The press release states that all Rivayat songs were recorded live in one take. To add a unique touch, select songs feature local artists joined by international musicians: Shez Raja on bass from the UK, Gwen Lafitte on acoustic and electric guitar from France, and Anton Davidyants on bass from Russia. This series showcases both solo performances and collaborative efforts with international artists. Hasan is proud to launch such young talent.

While Hasan's dedication to amplifying marginalized voices is commendable, one may question if corporate-backed projects like Coke Studio share the same values. Hasan clarifies that Rivayat is different from Coke Studio, as it features lesser-known artists and not established ones.

"You won't find any familiar faces in it," says Hasan, highlighting that many traditional musicians go unrecognized.

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Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on March 28, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on March 28, 2023 (Tuesday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 284.1 287.15
Euro EUR 304.5 307.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 345.5 349
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.3 78.1
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.7
Australian Dollar AUD 187.5 189.9
Bahrain Dinar BHD 753.18 761.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 205.5 207.7
China Yuan CNY 41.44 41.84
Danish Krone DKK 41.30 41.73
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.92 36.27
Indian Rupee INR 3.41 3.52
Japanese Yen JPY 2.06 2.11
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 924.09 933.09
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.84 63.45
New Zealand Dollar NZD 178 180
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.33 26.63
Omani Riyal OMR 735.91 743
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 77.43 78.13
Singapore Dollar SGD 209.5 211.5
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 308.97 311.47
Thai Bhat THB 8.3 8.45

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – 28 March 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 204,300 on Tuesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs175,160.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Karachi PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Islamabad PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Peshawar PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Quetta PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Sialkot PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Attock PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Gujranwala PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Jehlum PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Multan PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Bahawalpur PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Gujrat PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Nawabshah PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Chakwal PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Hyderabad PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Nowshehra PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Sargodha PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Faisalabad PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Mirpur PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465


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