An initiative started by Arooj Aftab 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.
In collaboration with the Human Development Foundation (www.hdf.com), 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.
A Community Collaboration
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.
A series of webisodes higlighting the happenings in the Brooklyn Brownstone including live performances are being released on the Rebuild Pakistan YouTube Channel HERE.
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.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 the soul.The album will be released in early 2012.
Magda Giannikou Accordion
Stelios Michas Guitar
Grey MacMurry & Knights on Earth
Gurvinder Singh Tabla
Shalalae Jamil contemporary artist
Nadia Janjua artist & architectural designer
Yikun Liang illustrator
Oasa Duverney illustrator & artist
Ahmad Yilmaz Raeden Media
Natanya Khashan photographer
Abeer Hoque writer, photographer & editor
Arif Ullah community organizer,photographer
Anum Awan artist & designer
Sabelo Narasimhan photographer
Qasim Riaz Raeden Media
Priya Pandya semi-classical, folk & bollywood
Penelope Armstead-Williams modern dance
Without Shepherds Cary McClelland
Ramayana Gotham Chopra
C. Sala Hewitt