Award-winning artist Meesha Shafi is all set to perform live at the Jubilee Stage of Expo 2020 Dubai on the 28th of November 2021.
Shafi is a globally recognised Pakistani-Canadian artist known for her modelling, acting and music over the course of an illustrious career that has spanned 21 years so far.
Her avant-garde music in particular has gained her recognition from fans and critics across the world. She made her film debut with a supporting role in the 2013 Mira Nair's film “The Reluctant Fundamentalist”.
She achieved further critical success for her role of Laxmi, an Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing's operative, in Bilal Lashari's action thriller film “Waar”, which ranks among the highest-grossing Pakistani films of all time in Pakistan.
Just last year, her nostalgic yet fresh renditions of Nazia Hassan’s “Boom Boom” and Amir Khusro’s poem “Sakal Ban” had fans of all ages humming to the classics again.
More recently, her single “Hot Mango Chutney Sauce” — released in September 2021 — was a critical and commercial success in Pakistan, and also featured on BBC Radio Live Asian Network’s Song of the Week.
Shafi’s performance at the Expo 2020 Dubai would be her first major live act in nearly a year and a half. Fans from across the world once again have the chance to come together to enjoy Shafi’s powerful vocal performance and charismatic presence on stage.
Akira Yamada, a self-taught Japanese artist, has been given a unique task to create a series of paintings based on his own technique ‘crystal tablet’ which will then be displayed at Expo 2020. Yamada said this was an honour for him and an opportunity to spread the energy of happiness all around the world.
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Titled, "This Is Our Time," the song highlights pride in the UAE’s culture, celebrates the future and brings together nations from around the world.
The performance was also a dedication to Expo 2020 Dubai’s vision of Connecting Minds, Creating the Future. It carried well-integrated messages as the nation plans to showcase its vast opportunities in tourism, commerce and investment to the global audiences during the six-month-long mega expo.
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Shetty, who is a former Hindu monk, officiated the wedding of Lily Collins and Charlie McDowell last year.
The challenge was to use only the colours of the Indian flag; the magic created by the talented artists was remarkable.”
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