On the night of the 22nd, noori performed to a jam packed audience at Rådhusplassen which is the City Hall Square. The Mela, the event for which noori performed, is one of the biggest events held in Oslo. Mr. Khalid Salimi, the director of this event has successfully created the festival for 7 years! And with each year passing, the event has gained greater recognition and popularity. Last year’s visitor count was 300,000 people! Can it get any grander?
noori’s performance lasted around 45 minutes. Our cousin, Zameer, was flown in specially from toronto for the gig. He opened the performance with one of his finest ballads, ‘With You‘. The band followed on to enthral the audience with Tum Hans Diye, Suno Ke Mein Hun Jawan, Kuttay..Dil Ki Qasam and Manwa Re!
Check out the pics in the gallery section..
Well concerts happen for us all the time but this trip was our first to the Scandinavia and we think that till now we had missed out on a very beautiful part of this earth.
One more thing we’d like add is that Mr. Khalid Salimi’s effort is something that all Pakistani expatriates should be really proud of. Through the Mela he has brought the Pakistanis living in Norway much closer to the European community. He has used art and culture to establish, very effectively, the respectability that Pakistanis so fully deserve, especially during such hard political times that Pakistan itself is going through. Way to go Salimi Sahib!!!
Right now we are having the most beautiful time of our life in an Island in Norway called Børøya. Keep a look out for an entry about the entire trip as soon as we get back!