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7th Karachi literature extravaganza gets off the ground

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Karachi: Friday morning was a real balmy, sunny one with the gentle Arabian Sea breeze cutting through the palm fronts and a galaxy of celebrities streaming into the venue, the seaside Beach Luxury Hotel with its well-manicured, lush lawns. Thus began the seventh Karachi Literature Festival (KLF), sponsored by the Oxford University Press and co-sponsored […]

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Actors speak up at KLF: ‘Ratings has become a foul word’

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KARACHI: “Our rating system isn’t transparent, a lot of it is just talk not backed up by evidence. Where exactly are the people’s meters being placed? Are they equally distributed among all tiers of society?” questioned Aamina Sheikh, model and actress. She raised the question at the session ‘PTV aur Aaj ka Drama’ amid actors […]

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In troubled Karachi, the battle that rages inside heads

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Karachi: They live in perpetual fear and stress, but the citizens of Karachi are a very resilient people. They somehow manage to carry on with their lives despite the tumultuous circumstances. However, how long can they mentally put up with what is going on around them? Are they gradually recoiling into a shell, losing hope […]

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KLF: ‘Celebrated at festivals, literature and creative arts are in danger’

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KARACHI: The mildly nippy winter evening somehow gelled well with the two warm keynote speeches as the three-day 6th Karachi Literature Festival commenced at the Beach Luxury Hotel on Friday. First it was Indian fiction writer Nayantara Sahgal, niece of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, who poured her heart out to book lovers in a talk that […]

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KLF to bring Nehru’s niece this year

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KARACHI: The sixth Karachi Literature Festival plans to bring Jawaharlal Nehru’s niece, Nayantara Sahgal, to the meet of literary buffs this year. The organisers are expecting up to 100,000 visitors at the three-day festival that starts on February 6 at the Beach Luxury Hotel. With the large turnout expected, the organisers are even using the […]

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Literature festival ends on a musical note

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KARACHI: The word ‘festival’ justified all of its connotations when artiste Nahid Siddiqui danced her heart out to gradually bring the curtains down on the three-day fifth Karachi Literature Festival at the Beach Luxury Hotel on Sunday night. Ms Siddiqui, looking ever so elegant, appeared on stage with measured steps, following the beautiful alaap that […]

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More books, more authors

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KARACHI: The last day of the fifth Karachi Literature Festival, like the previous two days, saw some quality books launched in the presence of some learned writers and critics. The day began with a heartfelt session in which Shah Mohammad Pirzada’s book ‘Soonha Joon Sau Souraton’ was celebrated. Pirzada read out some of his poems […]

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Panellists debate standards of TV dramas

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KARACHI: TV dramas are now giving competition to talk shows. It is a huge achievement that despite a plethora of channels the public can still recall names of actors and dramas. There is no diversity in drama serials. These days, dramas focus on women’s never-ending sob act. These polarising views were expressed at a session […]

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Books and 007

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KARACHI: Probably more people on Saturday turned up for book launches than for discussions at the Karachi Literature Festival. Room 007 of the Beach Luxury Hotel did not have a single moment of respite, and thankfully so. It all began with the launch of ‘Language, Gender and Power: The Politics of Representation and Hegemony in […]

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Role of progressive writers in cinema

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KARACHI: Lacing his presentation with his trademark quips cultural commentator Asif Noorani recounted the contribution of the Progressive Writers Association to the Indo-Pak cinema on Saturday at the fifth Karachi Literature Festival. Beginning with the history of the association Mr Noorani said that the initial members included writers such as Munshi Premchand and Hasrat Mohani. […]

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Impressive turnout at KLF’s day one

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KARACHI: Despite being a working day, the halls were packed at the fifth Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) that kicked off on Friday. Even though the situation in the city is anything but ideal, yet to consistently hold a festival year after year does speak a lot about those organising it. It was all about celebrating […]

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Karachi Literature Festival – expectations and aspirations

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PEERZADA SALMAN KARACHI: While efforts have been made in the past few years to project the soft image of Pakistan to the rest of the world by virtue of its music, films and theatre, one event has gradually but surely assumed the importance of a truly international affair whose warmth and vibrancy have captured the […]

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Karachi Literature Festival

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The Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) has, in a fairly short span of time, turned into one of the country’s most vibrant and key arts and literature platforms. In times when the humdrum of trying daily routines, the gruelling rat race of professional life and a dismal security situation has drained the common citizen, this open-to-all […]

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Karachi’s gotten cultural

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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 […]

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