Alhamra Reference Library revamped, converted into digital
Over 660 rare drama scripts of eminent playwrights digitized in archives
By Our Staff Reporter
LAHORE: The Lahore Art Council (LAC) reference library of Alhamra has been revamped and converted into digital form for the provision of the easiest access to the readers about literature and culture books on click was inaugurated by its Executive Director LAC Athar Ali Khan at Alhamra Art Centre here on Thursday.
While talking to Daily The Business, Deputy Director of Archives and Research Centre Muhammad Arif said that bibliographic details of 4,000 library books in different fields i.e. drama, fine arts, Urdu fiction, novel drama, religion, social sciences, technology, English literature, and Urdu literature, have been uploaded in the first phase which can be accessed globally through ‘Koha Library Software’.
He said that digitization of over 660 drama scripts between 1957-1998 written by famous writers, along with bibliographic detail of 73 renowned personalities i.e. Anna Molka Ahmad, Colin David, Bano Qudsia, Dr Enver Sajjad, Qavi Khan, etc, 1,500 audio cassettes of different programmes, naats, qawali, drama, classical music, 250 VCR films of drama, music, conference, 130 vinyl records of various Pakistani, Indian movies and English albums have also been uploaded on D-space Library Knowledge Repository in the second phase.
Some of the famous drama scripts which are digitized in this phase are “Aadhi Baat” by Bano Qudsia, “Taleem-e-Balighan” by Khawaja Moeen-Ud-din,” Uff ye Biwian” Syed Imtiaz Ali Taj, “Phir Dekh Tamasha” by Sajjad Haider and many others.
Arif further said that Alhamra Digital Reference Library would be proved to be a centre of excellence for students working in the entertainment industry.
While speaking at the occasion, Athar Ali Khan appreciated the hard work of Alhamra Reference Library’s team and said that after the two successful phases now, in the third phase, bibliographic detail along with a digital form of the press clippings of Lahore Arts Council dated from 1985-onwards would be uploaded on D-space Library Knowledge Repository, and in the final step, all books, scripts, newspaper clippings and research articles would also be made online.
“Our students would be in the position to enhance their research experiences by using the new research Centre’s special collection in the form of audio cassettes, CDs, press clippings and VHS tapes of various famous festivals, ghazals, and dramas,” he added.
Alhamra has excellent collections of English and Urdu books, plays, press clippings, video, gramophone, script and audio cassettes, which would benefit the generations to come. All music, paintings, drama, and other art forms were linked to such a research Centre’s having all present-day requirements. Alhamra Reference Library would be proved to be an important reference in the field of literature and culture.