a fresh repertoire of compositions honoring ancestral roots,
paying tribute to Pakistani and Pre-Partition legends of South Asian music,
and to poetry inspired by all Sufiana walks.
a holistic collaboration aspiring toward a collective healing and mystic celebration.
an initiative started during the Pakistan Flood Crisis in 2010 to promote a vision of peace and healing for Pakistan – inspiring a global community to rebuild perspective on Pakistan, and urging the people of Pakistan to actively engage in rebuilding their homeland.
with the loving support of human development foundation, arooj & friends offer a dynamic voice within a larger movement to transcend borders that imprison our bodies, minds and spirits, and to approach one another as vitally interconnected within a collective whole.
from june 25th to july 10th,
arooj, bhrigu, mario & jorn
transformed a brooklyn brownstone into a recording studio
and a gathering space for musicians, videographers, designers,
painters, photographers, dancers, and performance artists
to play ~ dance ~ sing ~ eat ~ share ~ improvise & create
in solidarity and alignment, politically, spiritually.
arooj is now in the process of mixing the album,
sifting through hours of precious material
to weave together the ultimate offering
to nourish, inspire & uplift soul.
the album will be released in september.
stay tuned for videos of the installation!
guest chefs & other organizers :
tejpreet saini : zoravar dhaliwal : kismet hernandez : c. sala hewitt : tadashi dozono : naima penniman : kala : adaku utah : nefertiti dakini : sanam waheed : radhika singh
ali khurshid : photographer
natanya khashan : photographer
abeer hoque : writer, photographer, and editor.
arif ullah : community organizer & photographer
anum awan : artist & designer
sabelo narasimhan : community builder & photographer