Caravanserai: A Place Where Cultures Meet Continues Featuring Famed Pakistani Folk Singer Arif Lohar

Joined by World Music Singer Arooj Aftab
Presented by Arts Midwest on Caravanserai Spring Tour

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Arts Midwest, the non-profit Regional Arts Organization (RAO) serving America’s upper Midwest, announces the five-city tour of one of the biggest singing stars in Pakistan, Arif Lohar. This tour is part of Caravanserai: A place where cultures meet, a groundbreaking artistic and cultural exchange program.

With more than 150 albums, Arif Lohar is beloved in his native Pakistan. A winner of his country’s highest civil honor, the Pride of Performance award, Arif Lohar attracts millions of fans around the world.

Joining him on the Caravanserai tour is Brooklyn-based Arooj Aftab, whose debut album is set for release this year. A native of Lahore, Pakistan, Arooj Aftab blends classical Pakistani, Sufi, and South Asian traditions with contemporary pop and jazz.

Beginning on March 14, 2012 at FirstWorks in Providence, Rhode Island, the two musicians will tour five U.S. cities, where they will perform concerts and conduct educational residencies with local citizens and students.

This exciting collaboration will bring contemporary Pakistani music to the same communities where Caravanserai toured last fall, which featured traditional Pakistani music. The spring music tour comes on the heels of the Caravanserai film residencies, which brought producer/director Ayesha Khan and her award-winning documentary, Made in Pakistan to Caravanserai communities in winter 2012.

The host organizations for Caravanserai and the dates they will present Arif Lohar and Arooj Aftab are:

  • FirstWorks; Providence, RI | March 14-22, 2012
  • Monmouth University; West Long Branch, NJ | March 23-31, 2012
  • The Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire; Littleton, NH | April 1-7, 2012
  • ARTSwego SUNY Oswego; Oswego, NY | April 8-14, 2012
  • The Myrna Loy Center; Helena, MT | April 15-21, 2012

In their final stops on the Caravanserai spring tour, Arif Lohar and Arooj Aftab will play two special concerts at SUNY Stony Brook on April 26thand at The Asia Society on April 28th.

Caravanserai: A place were cultures meet is managed by Arts Midwest on behalf of the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations with financial support from the Building Bridges program of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. Caravanserai’s film programming is coordinated on behalf of the program by South Arts.

CONTACT: Jill Valley, +1-808-271-3624,

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