Alaap: Change Through Arts was set up in Lahore, Pakistan in 2006 as a cultural response against religious extremism gaining ground at the grassroots of Pakistan. Set up by a group of artists, journalists, researchers and human rights activists, Alaap promoted cultural diversity and creative arts against the onslaught of religious extremism upon the society of Pakistan.
Alaap organized numerous festivals, conferences, musical events, dialogues, seminars besides doing research studies and documenting the extremist & rsquo;s onslaught against progressive cultural base of the Pakistani society; a continuity of great Induscivilisation. Alaap focused on cultural rights, interfaith harmony and women’s rights while keeping youth as the cross-cutting theme. It documented the militant’s attacks on the cultural diversity, Sufi Islam, religious minorities and women as different methods of the same madness. It promoted the great contributions of the women and developed the biggest database of such women. Designed in the form of a calendar, the research study is ready to be printed and disseminated.