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‘I Am Karachi’ theatre, music festival all set to start today

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Karachi: The ‘Napa I Am Karachi Theatre and Music Series 2015’ is envisaged as a series of performances showcasing the complexity and diversity of the city of Karachi. The festival director and a consortium member of ‘I Am Karachi’, Zain Ahmed, expressed these views while speaking at a press conference at the National Academy of […]

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Malini in a new avatar

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KARACHI: One is not sure how Rabindranath Tagore would have reacted to Nepali group Theatre Village’s adaptation of his play ‘Malini’. But rest assured he would have given the young director Bimal Subedi a pat on his back for adding a new dimension to the drama. Subedi’s post-avant-garde ‘Princess and the Garden’ performed as part […]

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NAPA International Theatre Festival 2014: The Opening Act

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KARACHI: Zia Mohyeddin is an artiste who has remained in the limelight for so long that he has now started running away from it. And rightly so; after all, if he stays in public even for a moment, he never fails to attract a horde of people hailing from different generations. But the National Academy […]

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The clang of music

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KARACHI: Music, like poetry, communicates before it is understood. The language of rhythm and melody has its own, unique method of touching different people in different ways. German musical group Mahaphon Clang’s performance at the National Academy of Performing Arts on Friday evening was no less a distinct experience. It would be futile to classify […]

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Sindh Fashion Festival dazzles all

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KARACHI: Be a part of the innovation, ideas and passion for culture. Be a part of Sindh Festival. That was the spirit for Sindh Fashion Festival as Karachiites witnessed a unique fashion show, which offered glimpses of Indus cultural trends at the ongoing Sindh festival at National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) on Wednesday. The […]

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NAPA Theatre Festival 2014

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KARACHI: National Academy of Performing Arts (Napa) turned nine last week, even though their journey seems much longer. After all, it takes more than just infrastructure to provide education in a craft that is still socially unacceptable at large. However, the faculty at Napa hasn’t shied away from this; their upcoming International Theatre Festival seems […]

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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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The play’s the thing

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KARACHI: When Prince Hamlet gets a group of actors to stage a play in front of the king, his uncle Claudius, he claims that the purpose of putting up the drama was to ‘catch the conscience of the king’. Playwrights have often used the play-within-a-play technique to achieve different goals. Luigi Pirandello’s ‘Six Characters in […]

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Napa’s first English play from 21st

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KARACHI, Nov 12: The National Academy of Performing Arts (Napa) will present Samuel Beckett’s famous play ‘Waiting for Godot’ directed by Zia Mohyeddin from Nov 21 to Dec 8 (Thursday to Sunday) at the academy’s in-house theatre. This was announced by Mr Mohyeddin at a press conference on Tuesday evening. It was quite a pleasant […]

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Pursukoon Karachi events from 22nd

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KARACHI: Two dozen events have been planned for Nov 22, 23 and 24 at three venues — Arts Council, National Academy of Performing Arts and Cantt Station — as part of the Pursukoon Karachi project, an initiative of Koel Gallery, announced artist Noorjehan Bilgrami at a press conference at the Arts Council’s Manzar Akbar Hall […]

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An entertaining lesson in history: Begum Jaan revisits Karachi amid louder applause

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KARACHI: Even though parts of the city were shut down on Wednesday, the premiere night of the play ‘Begum Jaan’ turned out to be a big draw for Karachi’ites whose love for theatre brought them to the in-house theatre of the National Academy of Performing Arts (Napa). The audience was in for a treat as […]

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Love of Muses: For Saffia Beyg, musical journey began after she turned 40

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By: Naveela Khan KARACHI: Saffia Beyg, 81, a self-taught musician started her musical journey only after she turned 40, when she discovered eastern classical music. “I was frustrated because no one accepted me as a student,” she told The Express Tribune. They would all tell her that she’s too old to learn classical music now. […]

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Music conference begins with eclectic mix of performances

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KARACHI: Inspiring instrumentals, decent vocal performances and a bit of dance recital marked the first day of the two-day All Pakistan Music Conference on Friday evening on the National Academy of Performing Arts (Napa) premises. The first item of the 10th annual conference was a dance performance by Sheema Kermani’s students after which the music […]

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