Mekaal Hassan Band

where he started

The Mekaal Hasan Band was formed in 2000 and features traditional music from the Indian subcontinent presented in a contemporary setting. The Mekaal Hasan Band has played concerts in the USA, Canada, Europe, India and The UAE multiple times since 2000.

Mekaal Hasan Band plays Sufi, Folk & traditional music of Pakistan with a variety of styles and sounds, which blends the old with the new and contemporary. The band plays music that covers Sufi Kalam from Bulleh Shah to the mystic musings of Sachal Sarmast. They are adept at reinterpreting Punjabi folk legends like Tufail Niazi and equally at home playing music based on the classical stylings of Ustad Salamat Ali Khan and the Qawali of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

Where we are

MEKAAL HASSAN BAND

Mekaal Hasan Band has represented Pakistan at various forums internationally, from The Globe in London to the South Asian Bands Festival in New Delhi and to performances with Abida Parween at Union Square. They proudly hold numerous awards which unanimously have named them as being the 'Best Live Band' in the country, The band has also been commissioned to write folk music scores for live theatre and the subsequent recording of this folk music can be found online at Bandcamp under the title "Folk & Film Music from Pakistan", The band has four highly acclaimed records, Sampooran (2004), Saptak (2010) released on EMI/Virgin Records, Andholan (2014) released on Times Music and their first live album, Live at Baroda (2015).

LUX STYLE AWARDS

BEST LIVE ACT in 2005 & 2007

The Musik Awards

BEST LIVE ACTOR in 2006

BEST COMPOSITION

Indus Music Awards in 2006

INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVALS

Mekaal Hasan Band has represented Pakistan at

2017 Surrey Fusion Festival, Vancouver, Canada.

2017 Hillside Music Festival, Guelph, Canada 2017 Dhaka Folk Festival

Bangladesh 2015 Mosaic Festival in Toronto, Canada 2015 'South by South West Festival in Austin

Texas 2012 30th anniversary of the founders of Bangla Rock Movement

Miles as special guest 2010 South Asian Band's Festival

New Delhi at Purana Qilla 2010 The 'Sufi Peace Festival' at Union Square

New York, USA 2010 Mosaic Festival in Toronto

Canada 2010 'Pakistan in Paris Festival in Paris

France 2003 The Mela Festival in Oslo, Norway

Members

M Ahsan – Papu

FLUEIST

Gino Banks

Drummer

Sheldon D’Silva

Bassist

Sharmistha Chatterjee

Lead Vocals