Tehzeeb Foundation organized its 7th Tehzeeb Festival and Awards on Sunday, 11th December 2016 in Karachi. The day long festival included art exhibition, poetry readings, award ceremony, music video launch and live music sessions.
Award ceremony included certificates distributions to the Indus Raag Project contributors which had recently won Global Music Awards (USA) and Independent Music Awards (USA) nominations. The award certificates were given to Ustad Rais Khan, Ustad Fateh Ali Khan, Ustad Naseeruddin Sami, Ustad Nafees Khan, Ustad Bashir Khan, Ustad Shahid Hamid, Ustad Salamat Hussain, Ustad Sajid Hussain, Fuzon Group, Asif Sinan and others.
A music video “Story of Gulsher” was also launched during the festival. The story evolved around a 13—years old Gulsher who sacrificed his life (in the Army Public School Peshawar attack on 16th December 2014) and his younger brother Shamsher who eventually took up his schooling with same energy and spirit.
The song was produced by Sharif Awan and featured music by Arshad Mehmud, read by Zia Mohyeddin, written by Harris Khalique while Zoe Viccaji did the vocals and Nafees Ahmed Khan played Sitar. Gulsher team also spoke about their videos and how they came through this idea.
Live music sessions featured young artists including Shai Kazi, Kashif Zafar, Turab Ali, Shehroz Hussain and others. It will also include a jugalbandi session by Mumtaz Ali Sabzal (Banjo), Abdullah Khan (Shehnai) and Ustad Bashir Khan (Tabla).
Tehzeeb Festival started with a solo exhibition by Ali Abbas — one of the most celebrated fine artists of Pakistan. Another segment included visual presentation / readings by Anwar Maqsood and Raza Ali Abidi.
The festival was supported and sponsored by the Government of Sindh.