The Lahore Arts Council is going to digitize 500 play scripts, staged at Alhamra during the 1970s to 1990s. The Lahore Arts Council is preparing an e-library which plans to digitize archives from Alhamra. It includes a rare collection of audios, videos, gramophones, classical music, and exhibition invitations. Several artifacts from the early ’60s that are now displayed at Alhamra art center are being used in stage plays since ’70s. One of the gramophones was used in a recent play as Manto itself.
A valuable collection of dramas, programs and musical events captured on video cassettes and staged by renowned names include Athar Shah Khan, Munir Raj, Imtiaz Ali Taj, Subhani Bayunus, Kamal Ahmed Rizvi and several others. The collection also includes plays like Mirza Ghalib Bandar road par, ulti seedhi, anarkali and khatra 440 volts, etc. among them are some English plays as well such as King Lear and Macbeth and Julius Caesar.
It also includes nearly 1500 audio cassettes of plays like Hobson’s Choice, Hansna Mana Hai, Mian Bivi Chor and many more, staged at Alhamra, including Ustaad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Abida Parveen’s memorable musical night shows.
The Lahore Arts Council is upgrading while introducing e-library. It plans to digitize plays staged at Alhamra, which is definitely a great idea. Several rare photographs taken on many occasions will also be displayed.