By Khalid Shaikh—SARANGI – a music initiative by Serena Hotels, Islamabad. Serena Hotels hosted a star-studded evening for Season 02 of the Sarangi Music Initiative. Sarangi is part of the Serena’s Cultural Diplomacy Initiative which aims to preserve and promote the cultural heritage of Pakistan. Mr. Aziz Boolani, CEO of Serena Hotels, said, “Serena continues to actively work on community support programmes, such as including Sarangi that provides a platform to young and talented musicians to engage with wider audiences”.
Sarangi Season 02also began with an online competitionthatallowed amateur bands to compete amongst other bands. Open to all ages and genders, the competition ran through the official page of Serena Hotels on Facebook. The finalists were chosen by a professional and well knownjury panel comprising of HadiqaKiani, Nizar Lalani and SarmadGhafoor based on their submissions.
The top 06 finalists of Sarangi Season 02 i.e.AwaisKazmi from Lahore, Faraz& Salman from Sahiwal, AnsRehmani from Rahim Yar Khan, SajjadHaider from Faisalabad,Hunza Folks from Hunza and Son of Niazi Brothers from Islamabad entertained the audience through the outstandinglive performances.
Mr. AnsRehmani from Rahim Yar Khan was declared the best performer for whom Serena Hotels will produce a debut song at Pakistan’s leading sound studio along with a professional music video. The evening was well attended by the diplomatic community, corporate and government sector representatives and other prominent personalities.