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Caravanserai Concluded with
Arif Lohar Residency & Concert

One of Pakistan's Most Beloved Folk Artists Tours with World Music Songstress

Thank you to all who attended the April 7 culminating concert!

Arif Lohar, one of Pakistan's most beloved performers, sings modern interpretations of traditional Punjabi songs. He has won the hearts of millions of fans across the globe with his unique mix of pop and folk stylings. Born in the Punjab region of Pakistan, and following in the footsteps of his famous father, Lohar sings contemporized interpretations of traditional Punjabi songs, capturing the sights and sounds of modern Pakistani culture with a unique mix of pop and folk stylings.

Playing his beloved chimta, a traditional percussion instrument resembling tongs, Lohar will be backed by an ensemble of talented Pakistani musicians.

In a special collaboration, Lohar will be joined by upcoming world music songstress Arooj Aftab. Born and raised in Lahore, Pakistan, and now based in New York City, Aftab sings original songs that fuse classical Pakistani, Sufi, and South Asian music traditions with contemporary jazz, folk, and pop influences. Named one of the "Top 100 Composers Under 40" by NPR Music, Aftab offers dynamic vocals that mesh with subtle, graceful acoustic arrangements to create a signature sound that has been described as "indigenous soul."

For Caravanserai, Arif Lohar and Arooj Aftab celebrate their cultural heritage by imagining new musical horizons, crossing boundaries, and inviting U.S. audiences to share their journey with peace and love.

Northern New Hampshire Residency
The April 7 concert in Holderness marked the conclusion of an educational residency that took the musicians around our region, allowing us to reach out to all segments of our population, from colleges to our most rural communities. Caravanserai not only helped New Hampshire people learn first-hand about Islamic culture but also showed our state to people from around the world. These great artists met college students at Dartmouth and also performed at the Errol Consolidated School, which has just 13 students in grades K through 8, and where staff have made a commitment to providing the children a chance to experience the world. The schedule included:

Monday, April 2:
a.m. Thornton Central School
p.m. Holderness Central School

Tuesday, April 3:
a.m. Mildred Lakeway Elementary School, Littleton
2 p.m. A free, informal presentation with Q&A
Faulkner Recital Hall, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover

Wednesday, April 4:
a.m. Milan Village Elementary School
p.m. Errol Consolidated Elementary School (program at Errol Town Hall)

Thursday, April 5:
a.m. Lin-Wood Public School, Lincoln

We invite you to call or email us (323-7302, for additional details. You can learn more about the performers and their country by visiting, where you will find learning guides and study activities. Caravanserai is managed nationally by Arts Midwest on behalf of the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations, with support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, and is supported in New Hampshire by the New England Foundation for the Arts. In-knd support is provided by Holderness School and by South Mountain Resorts, Lincoln, School and community programs are funded in part by the NHEC Foundation, Loon Mountain and Dartmouth College.