Karachi’s gotten cultural
As the Sindh Festival is well underway, moving smoothly from its grand launch in Moenjo Daro, that impressed some with its 3D laser show and scandalized others with its semi-clad dancers, to Karachi, where it has taken over the huge expanse of the Ibn-e-Qasim park where a Festival City featuring handicrafts and traditional foods from Sindh are the main attractions, and the Frere Hall, where an Art Festival is ongoing. The Sindh Festival will kick off the weekend with a Sufi Night in Ibn-e-Qasim Park – an occasion that coincides with the Karachi Literature Festival being held at the Beach Luxury Hotel from Friday, February 7th, to Sunday, February 9th.
In addition to the many, many literary scholars and speakers who will be stimulating the minds of the attendees, there will also be the opportunity to have our funny bones tickled by Bushra’s Barbs and Stand-up Comedy by Beo Zafar; to hear our favourite singers, like Tina Sani and Zeb Bangash speak about ‘The Pakistani Muse’ rather than sing, to watch a film or two (Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s Humaira: The Dream Catcher and Ho Yaqeen: Syeda Fatima, to be exact) , to give audience to theatrical offerings such as a reading of Satranj ki Baazi by Zambeel (take the kids; there’s lots of plays for them to enjoy in the children’s section), and to see all the behind-the-scenes masters in person as they talk about their craft, ‘Drama and the Small Screen’ and the ‘Glitter of the Silver Screen’. Sarmad Khoosat, Haseena Moin, Meenu Gaur, Mazhar Zaidi, Meher Jaffri are just a few of these… Oh, and for fans of light-hearted satire, Moni Mohsin of Diary of a Social Butterfly fame will also be speaking at a session, as will Nahid Siddiqui, who is opening and closing the festival, at a session dedicated to the legendary classical dancer. A Laal concert is closing the event.