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Genres, outer forms and modern Urdu poem

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ABOUT two decades ago, this writer came across an elderly English couple at a hotel in Swat. We seemed to have already struck up a friendship and sat down to have a conversation over dinner the next evening. They had been teaching at a Bahawalpur school for a brief period and had decided to visit […]


Baaji wins big at the 7th Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival

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Last week we reported that Saqib Malik’s big screen directorial debut, Baaji would have a special screening at the recently concluded 7th Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival (MISAFF) in Mississauga, Canada. The great news is that the film that was in competition and up for awards at the festival not only screened to a […]


SOC Films releases the final installment of animated series, Shattering the Silence

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Earlier this year, SOC Films, spearheaded by two-time Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, released a 4-part animated series called Shattering the Silence – a public awareness campaign that aimed to create meaningful dialogue around issues of child abuse. Recently the fourth and final animated short, titled Child Safety – Ways to Protect Yourself, from […]


Saqib Malik’s Baaji to screen at the Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival

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Saqib Malik’s big screen directorial debut, Baaji featuring Meera Jee, Amna Ilyas, Ali Kazmi and Osman Khalid among others, released on June 28, 2019 in Pakistan and beyond. Since then the film, which is running successfully in cinemas for six weeks now, has garnered rave reviews. The good news is that Baaji, that marks Meera […]


Ambitious docu-series on Punjab’s wildlife launching soon

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LAHORE: A first-ever documentary on Punjab’s wildlife is all set to be released this month. A few months ago, the Punjab Parks and Wildlife Protection Department started working on documentaries of different animal species found in the province. The first documentary was based on the Punjab Urial. It will also be sent to different countries, including […]


Audience applauds Nehlay Pay Dehla at Alhamra

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LAHORE: A good number of theatre lovers came to see the play Nehlay Pay Dehla at Alhamra Art Centre, The Mall, on Wednesday on the second day of the festival. The six-day festival is being held in connection with the Independence Day celebrations and has been organised by Lahore Arts Council. On Wednesday, Jug Sudhaar […]


Sharmeen Obaid releases 4th part from ‘Shattering the silence’

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LAHORE-SOC Films, helmed by the two-time Academy Award winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, released the fourth and final part from the animated series “Shattering the Silence”, a project aimed at creating meaningful dialogue around issues of child abuse. In the final installment of Shattering the Silence titled ‘Child Safety -ways to protect yourself’, Dr. Maryam Suheyl leads […]


Pakistani documentary ‘Armed with Faith’ nominated for Emmy Award

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LAHORE-A documentary titled ‘Army with Faith’ made on the lives of the brave Pakistani men of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bomb Defusal has been nominated for Emmy Awards. The film is nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Politics and Government Documentary category. ‘Armed with Faith’ follows the men of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bomb Disposal Unit (KPK […]


Alhamra Theatre Festival begins

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LAHORE: The week-long Alhamra Theater Festival kicked off at the Alhamra Art Center, The Mall on Tuesday with the inaugural play ‘Permasher Singh’ by Maas Foundation. Despite heavy rain a good number of theatre fanciers came to attend the 21st festival organised by the Lahore Arts Council. The festival will feature six plays by different […]


Indus Blues heads to Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival

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Jawad Sharif’s award-winning documentary film, Indus Blues, has been making waves for quite some time. The documentary, which explores the struggle of Pakistani folk artists trying to keep a fading art form alive, is all set to have its Ontario premiere next month at the Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival (MISAFF). Jawad Sharif took […]


Ode to the lost art of news calligraphy

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KARACHI: Once upon a time, there were no computers in the newsrooms; there were calligraphers. In an interview with Dawn, 67-year-old Ghulam Mohiuddin shared that he started his career as a katib at Hurriyat. He was just 15 at the time. “By the time I was 17 or 18, the senior calligraphers in the newsroom were upset […]


‘Buray Phansay’ wins short film competition

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LAHORE  –    The final event of the STARZPLAY Short Film Competition (SSFC) took place last night where the 10 shortlisted films were shown to a panel of judges and a live audience at Cinepax. “BurayPhansay”, a comedy about two friends who find a bag of money, won the competition after deliberations by the jury of […]


Audience left with mixed feelings after Naach Na Jaane premiere

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ISLAMABAD: Naach Na Jaane, a prequel to Anwar Maqsood’s Aangan Terha, premiered at the Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) Friday night. Running some 90 minutes, this play is the first ever production of Arts Council of Pakistan in Karachi and was presented by KopyKats Production. Written by Anwar Maqsood, the play ran for two […]


Pakistani film makes it to Venice Film Festival

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KARACHI: Pakistani film-maker Saim Sadiq’s Darling is set to become the first Pakistani film to be screened at the prestigious Venice Film Festival, the world’s oldest film festival, stated a press release. Darling, set in a dance theatre in Lahore, revolves around a young boy and a trans girl. It is the first ever Pakistani film to be an […]