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Napa’s performing arts festival begins

Peerzada Salman KARACHI: An interesting experimental (as the organisers called it) performance titled helped the National Academy ostival off to a good start at the academy’s in-house theatre on Thursday. Hoon Muntazir Mein, directed by Napa manager special projects , was presented by the academy’s theatre arts graduating class of 2012. The four characters in […]


Hundreds of disabled children sing and dance along with favourite artists

Karachi: By 10am on Wednesday, the ground at the PAF museum was almost full but children kept coming in long queues ushered by their teachers. As they disembarked from the buses, their faces lit up because they could clearly hear the roar of the loudspeaker from here. Phasing and playfully nagging each other, under the […]


Programme on art and society at Unicorn

KARACHI: A programme featuring an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Prof Bashir Ahmad, a presentation on ‘Art, society and gender politics’ by Niiloufur Farrukh, screening of a war documentary by M.S. Kureshi, a presentation on ‘Rediscovering identity through the visual reflections on Sindh and Pakistani history’ by Dr Hamida Khuhro, a display of art […]


‘Express sympathy with Baloch by celebrating their culture’

Jan Khaskheli Supporters and proponents of Balochi culture will gather in Lyari on March 2 to celebrate Baloch Culture Day. The event is being held to promote Balochi culture, to express solidarity with the Baloch living all over the world and to strive for harmony between the various communities living in Lyari. The programme is […]


Rock band wins laurels at Musicarium

Jamal Shahid ISLAMABAD, Feb 26: The Rock Musicarium rocked with the sound of music when Noori hit the stage Saturday night. Everyone was a singer when the Lahore-based rock band performed several of their greats like Suno Ke Main Hun Jawan, Dil Bolay, Manwa Re and Jana Tha Humne besides their new single. The concert […]


Brazilian Film Festival: a multicultural gala

Ayesha Shahid ISLAMABAD: The mood was enthusiastic in the Brazilian embassy on the first day of the Brazilian Film Festival which began here on Saturday and will continue till March 4. First of its kind to be organised by the Brazilian embassy, the festival has gotten a good response from Islooites who were present in […]


Theatre alive with students

LGS stages another play Johnny and Dead and the performance was admirable By Aamir Tariq Students of Lahore Grammar School (Cantt) performed the play Johnny and the Dead by Terry Prachett. The performance that started on Feb 17 lasted three days. It was presented by Real Entertainment Productions (REP) and directed by Sanwal Tariq and […]


“Architecture must address space, culture and time”

No testimony is required to dispute the authority of Nayyar Ali Dada, an architect, environmentalist, an activist and above all a great brain whose services in the field of architecture is acknowledged beyond any doubt. “The environmental problems of the world have compounded because of the negative effects of global warming which is mainly because […]


The Shortest Distance opens

Peerzada Salman KARACHI: The art of drawing is an undertaking that is challenging on two counts: (1) it requires the artist not to let lines (or contours) seem an intended, laboured effort lacking natural form (2) the artist’s observation of the subject should be sharp and astute. It was a pleasant surprise to see the […]


School for performing arts opened

HYDERABAD: The Sindh Minister for Culture, Ms Sassui Palijo, has said that her ministry has launched the Mehran Music School project at the Mehran Arts Council at a cost of Rs12.961 million to impart training to youths in performing arts, including vocal music, instrumental music and folk dance. The project would be funded by the […]


Art Reserves opens at Canvas

Peerzada Salman KARACHI: In art, overstating facts or strong feelings can be terribly off-putting. There’s a fine line between artistically expressing what stirs or inspires an artist and going overboard to propagate an idea. Abdullah M.I. Syed’s exhibition of his latest work titled ‘Art Reserves’, curated by critic Nafisa Rizvi, began at the Canvas Gallery […]


Funds for Moenjodaro

IT is at long last that a sum of Rs100m has been allocated to maintaining, conserving and building some facilities at Moenjodaro. Much more is needed for the effort to be meaningful. The magnificent site that should have been the pride of Pakistan has been neglected so much that it was virtually taken off the […]


‘Sadequain documented’

THIS refers to the news item, ‘Sadequain documented’ (Feb 17), regarding the book launching of ‘The Saga of Sadequain’ in Lahore. Salman Ahmed, the writer of the book, pointed out during the launching ceremony of the book that Sadequain was a generous person who never wished his paintings or works to be sold. However, the […]


Josh Foundation for civil award to revolutionary poet

ISLAMABAD: The Josh Adabi Foundation on Monday called for granting a civil award and naming an avenue in the federal capital for acknowledging the services of revolutionary poet, Josh Maleehabadi. Talking to APP on Monday, a grandson of Josh Maleehabadi, Farrukh Maleehabadi, said the Foundation had repeatedly sent requests to higher authorities but no action […]