Security situation mars entertainment scene
By Muhammad Aayan
LAHORE: Since the past two years, concerts and musical performances are being cancelled due to security situations, and the last week, bomb blast near Urdu Bazaar has scared a female DJ, who was going to perform in the city on February 5.
DJ Sydney Blu, originally from Canada and currently residing in Miami, was scheduled to perform in Lahore but immediately called off the show a day after the blast.
Her hit single “Give it up for me” on Mau5trap Recordings was one of Beatport’s highest selling song, and it made Sydney the only female DJ to make it to the top 10 list of the website.
Appreciation from global music heavyweights, such as Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk, Deadmau5 and Funkagenda, has propelled Sydney to the forefront of the dance music scene.
The cancellation of the concert is understandable, and so are the circumstances in the country. But this could spell the end of the end of the entertainment industry in the country, and there is nothing much which could be done about it in the prevailing circumstances.
The political distress and the unavailability of basic necessities to the public are the actual causes of why entertainment is needed in society. But people know that having a public gathering is not very safe these days. However, Jashn-e-Baharan is coming up and the city is always given a fresh look during the festival. Seeing the roads, parks and the popular hangouts decorated, has a pleasant psychological effect on the city dwellers. Entertainment activity always serves as a soother to the traumatised people, not only by seeing or hearing frequent bad news, but also their life problems. That is what keeps people moving, and eventually the whole society evades a collapse.
Every state makes arrangements to provide entertainment opportunities to their citizens to divert their attention from everyday hardships and to break the monotony of life. But it appears that the authorities in our country are even incapable of doing that these days. Not only the blast, but the recent killing of two citizens by an American has sparked unrest. The incident was the first of its kind in the city, and has forever changed the perception about foreigners.
Moreover, famous archeologists, like JM Kenoyers, have left the country due to the security situation. Whereas research teams involved in exploring the Indus Valley Civilisation and recovering historic artefacts are also frightened. Despite the poor security situation, one courageous boy, Ammar Aziz, went to a place called Hasht Nagar near Malakand to make his thesis-documentary.
To reach Hasht Nagar, one has to go from Malakand, which is racked by Taliban insurgency. The short film revolved around the lives of Hasht Nagar’s residents that have been constantly fighting a guerilla war against the Taliban to preserve their lifestyle, which includes music and theatre. It’s a place, which is very far from the developed cities, but still the people here stand up for what they want in their little town of eight villages. This acts as an inspiration for standing up for what you believe in, no matter what the odds are.