• 'THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST' OPENS VENICE FILM FESTIVAL
      The cultural clash between east and west after 9/11 is brought sharply into focus in Mira Nair's adaptation of the best-selling novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist, which opened the Venice Film Festival this week.
      BBC News, September 11, 2012
    • PAKISTANI FILM NOMINATED AT NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL
      It’s time for Pakistan to be proud of its film-makers once again! Bodhicitta Film Works’ Seedlings (Lamha) has been nominated in various major categories at the New York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF) that is scheduled to take place this month. The film that was initially chosen to be screened at Times Square in the Big Apple has now bagged nominations for the following: Best Picture, Best Director (Mansoor Mujahid), Best Actress in a Lead Role (Aamina Sheikh), Best Actor in a Lead Role (Mohib Mirza), Best Actor in a supporting Role (Gohar Rasheed) and Best Original Screenplay (Summer Nicks).
      The International Herald Tribune, August 02, 2012
    • DREAM FULFILLED AS COLLEGE GATES OPEN FOR GUARD'S DAUGHTER
      The burly hands of Akhtar clutched the metal bar of the gate with amazing strength. The darkened edges of skin around his eyes told tales of the many nights he had spent staying awake, patrolling this very gate. Pride radiates his sun-burnt face as he says, “Finally there was a letter from Lums which said that my daughter had been selected for the National Outreach Programme (NOP).”
      The International Herald Tribune, July 27, 2012
    • FATIMA JINNAH: CANDID MEMORIES
      A friend emailed me the other day: “Hardly any body ever talks about [Fatima Jinnah] these days – I wonder how many even know her today?” He  also alerted me to a very interesting review of a new book on Fatima Jinnah (Memories of Fatima Jinnah by Sorayya Khurshid, translated into English by the much-talended Khalid Hasan, 2008) which includes her candid memories of many of the key personalities from Pakistan’s history – from Liaquat Ali Khan to Ayub Khan.
      Pakistaniat.com, July 11, 2012
    • CORY BOOKER TO SALMAN KHAN: YOU'RE AN AMERICAN HERO
      Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, New Jersey and Salman Khan, founder of Kahnacademy.org, talk with Bloomberg's Matt Miller about Khan's educational website and approach to learning across various grade and age levels. They speak on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg Rewind." 
      Bloomberg Television, May 08, 2012
    • BABAR PEERZADA DAZZLES IN THE ELEPHANT MAN
      Born in Pakistan, schooled in London and the United States, Babar Peerzada has called Los Angeles home for the past eleven years. One year ago, he dove into developing The Elephant Man.
      The Huffington Post, April 26, 2012
    • TRUCKS AS ART: PAKISTAN'S COLORFUL TRADITION WITH A MIDWESTERN TWIST
      Cargo trucks painted in bright colors, with an extremely intricate level of detail, are a common sight on the the highways of Pakistan. While these fully functional trucks are used only for transporting goods in South Asia, Asheer Akram, a young American artist from Kansas City, Missouri has embarked on the project of building a Pakistani cargo truck with a Midwestern twist in the hope of mixing venerable South Asian traditions with modern American culture.
      The Atlantic, April 18, 2012
    • LEARNING TO SING THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE
      Ango-Indian musician Susheela Raman is collaborating with Lahore's qawwali singers. She explains how they learned to make music together
      The Guardian UK, April 12, 2012
    • IRAN AND PAKISTAN AT THE OSCARS
      It has been hard to find much art in mainstream American politics this winter or to find much politics in mainstream American art, at least in the filmmaking category.  There were a few fleeting moments of inspiration, though; they came from filmmakers from Pakistan and Iran—two countries that bedevil, befuddle, provoke, and frighten the United States—who slipped in through the Academy’s carefully policed side doors for documentaries and international writers and directors.


      The New Yorker, March 04, 2012
    • HOW TO WIN AN OSCAR
      Decades ago, any mention of Pakistan anywhere in the West was a cause of celebration, no matter how humiliating the reference may be. The snake charmers and yogis of yesteryear have been replaced by computer nerds and gas station attendants, but that’s Hollywood for you: always reducing foreign-looking people to the most reductive character possible. The real problem comes when Pakistanis buy into the same game, actively striving to gain Western recognition or, for those who follow a more mercenary mantra, Western money.
      The International Herald Tribune, March 04, 2012
    • THE SOFTER SIDE OF PESHAWAR
      Foreign reporters coming to Pakistan are often required to undergo survival training to prepare them for kidnappings, explosions and walking through mine fields. They might be better served by courses teaching them to ward off the one question that will rain upon them throughout their stay in the country: why don’t you do more to project the “soft image” of Pakistan?
      The International Herald Tribune, February 27, 2012
    • WITH 65 SESSIONS AND OVER 100 WRITERS, KARACHI LIT FESTIVAL PROMISES ANOTHER SELL-OUT YEAR
      Shobha De, Vikram Seth, Hanif Kureishi are just a few of the big-ticket names for the Karachi Literature Festival this year. Small wonder that the organisers were all smiles at the press conference on Thursday to announce the programme of the yearly event, which is scheduled for February 11 and 12 at Karachi’s Carlton Hotel.
      The International Herald Tribune, February 10, 2012
    • 'VALLEY OF SAINTS', A KASHMIR LOVE STORY, WINS PRAISE
      A low-budget film set in Kashmir has been picking up plaudits at international film festivals, bringing a different focus to the troubled Himalayan region. “Valley of Saints,” the first feature from U.S. director and screenwriter Musa Syeed, won the World Cinema Audience Award for dramatic feature at the Sundance Film Festival over the weekend.
      The Wall Street Journal, February 06, 2012
    • PAKISTAN'S FIRST OSCAR NOMINEE
      Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy became the first Pakistani filmmaker to earn an Oscar nomination with her film Saving face, which was nominated in the “Documentary, short film” category as the Oscar nominations were released on Tuesday.
      Dawn, January 25, 2012
    • PAKISTAN, A MALLEABLE HISTORY
      Last month, while other pyalas scuttled off to the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf's (PTI’s) Karachi jalsa with visions of free potty training seats in their heads, I stayed at home with a copy of Imran Khan’s Pakistan, A Personal History. I read it with the intention of reviewing it here immediately but, like certain Bufo toads that can, at will, secrete a noxious hallucinogenic substance that acts as a deterrent to predators, the book did not encourage further handling.
      Cafe Pyala, January 15, 2012
    • SADEQUAIN AND CALLIGRAPHIC MODERNISM
      This article examines the career of the immensely productive Sadequain Naqqash (1930-87), Pakistan’s most celebrated art ist. A self-trained, larger-than-life figure, Sadequain charted a singular trajectory in enacting a paradoxical subjectivity.
      Islamic Arts and Architecture, December 18, 2011
    • COUNTRY'S LARGEST CATHOLIC CHURCH OPENS IN KARACHI'S AKHTAR COLOY
      It was among the dusty, narrow streets of Akhtar Colony, tucked away among haphazard residential flats, that architect Kausar Ali was commissioned to design the country’s biggest Catholic church.
      The International Herald Tribune, November 22, 2011
    • BACK TO BASICS: FROM THE EYE OF A GERMAN ANTHROPOLOGIST
      A sequence of photographs encompassing Sufism, local architecture and inherent cultures were displayed at the Rohtas Gallery on Monday. The man behind the “Twilight” series (not the movies) of photographs, is a German anthropologist and artist — Lukas Werth. He attempts to present a story through his work.
      The International Herald Tribune, November 22, 2011
    • TIDES OF TRANCE ECHO DIVINE ECHOES OF SOUTH ASIA AND AFRICA
      A trans-Islamic jam session, blending ecstatic trance music from Pakistan and Morocco, was the finale of the concert Saturday night at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium.
      The New York Times, November 11, 2011
    • PAKISTANI DESIGNS HIT CATWALK AS INDUSTRY GROWS
      Last week, Karachi hosted Pakistan's fourth fashion week in three years, with more than 50 models taking part in the four-day event. Despite security concerns in the past, fashion shows are growing in popularity in Pakistan and attracting international buyers.
      BBC News, October 20, 2011
    • OUR LADY OF ALICE BHATTI BY MOHAMMED HANIF
      In recent decades, Christians are victims of obscene blasphemy laws and frequent sectarian violence. How refreshing, therefore, that Mohammed Hanif, Booker-longlisted author of A Case of Exploding Mangoes and perhaps Pakistan's brightest English-language voice, has chosen to view his country through the eyes of a (lapsed) Christian.
      The Guardian, October 12, 2011
    • REVOLUTION, AMPLIFIED
      Salman Ahmad, founder of rock band Junoon, discusses 20 years of making music and breaking boundaries.
      India Abroad, October 12, 2011
    • BOOK LAUNCH: THE CHURCHES OF PAKISTAN
      The book launch of “Churches of Pakistan”, was held on Monday at the British Deputy High Commission in Karachi. Authored by Dr. Safdar Ali Shah and Syed Javaid Kazi, the book is a compilation of photographs and text depicting the many churches standing in Pakistan today.
      Dawn.com, October 06, 2011
    • POWER GRID
      In Pakistan, in the nineteen-sixties and seventies, I remember seeing high-tension electric pylons that had affixed to them a shield similar to something Captain America might carry. These pylons and the accompanying power grid were American gifts, built by American engineers, proof of the two countries’ solidarity.
      The New Yorker, September 15, 2011
    • SALMAN RASHID: A PAKISTANI TRAVELOGUE, WITH TEARS
      Salman Rashid, adventurer and prolific author, had offered to guide our discovery tour of Pakistan -- in the spirit of Kipling's Kim and his lama, or earlier of the Victorian genius and spy Richard Burton. Our terrain would run from Karachi -- from the mouth of the Indus River, that is -- through deserts and lush fruitlands to Kashmir and then to K2, the second highest mountain peak on Earth.
      Global Conversation, September 11, 2011
    • ZOE VICCAJI: A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING
      Zoe Viccaji is among those few artists who are a world in themselves – a world comprised of creativity, wonder and possibilities. From the minute I stepped into her house, she managed to surprise me with her humble, down-to-earth personality.
      Newsline, September 11, 2011
    • SCHOOLS IN SINDH TO TEACH CHINESE
      The government of the Pakistani province of Sindh has announced plans to make Chinese compulsory in schools from 2013.
      BBC News, September 06, 2011
    • MOHSIN HAMID ON A 'PAKISTAN-LIKE' TREND IN AMERICA
      Mohsin Hamid wrote the hair-raising novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist that will soon be a major motion picture directed by Mira Nair of “Monsoon Wedding” fame.  Read his most recent thoughts on how America is becoming more and more like Pakistan.
      Radio Open Source, September 06, 2011
    • FIGHTING FOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS: 21-YR-OLD WINNER ASPIRES TO BECOME A LAWYER
      Saeeda Mir, who came first at the International Book Writing Competition-USA in June, dreams of becoming a lawyer to fight for women’s rights in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B).
      The International Herald Tribune, August 18, 2011
    • MOHAMMED HANIF: BACK WITH (ANOTHER) BANG
      Hanif’s new book, Our Lady of Alice Bhatti, is due for local release this September, and is a strong follow up to his debut A Case of Exploding Mangoes. 
      The International Herald Tribune, August 07, 2011
    • JAZZ ALBUM BY PAKISTAN MUSIC VETERANS STORMS WESTERN CHARTS
      An ensemble of veteran Pakistani musicians has pulled off an unlikely coup – storming western charts with an innovative jazz album and prompting comparisons with Buena Vista Social Club's rediscovery of a lost generation of Cuban musicians.
      The Guardian UK, August 05, 2011
    • KARACHI FASHION WEEK: MODEL AND CHOREOGRAPHERS SEARCH BEGINS
      The Third Karachi Fashion Week model hunt kicks off.  See some of the contenders.
      The International Herald Tribune, July 27, 2011
    • PHOTO EXHIBITION MARKS FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF FLOODS
      An exhibition of as many as 47photographs was displayed here Thursday at Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) to mark the first anniversary of the devastating floods in Pakistan.
      The News, July 27, 2011
    • HAVE YOU BEEN GETTING YOUR FILL OF COKE STUDIO
      The last Coke Studio episode was satisfying enough. But YouTube previews suggested that the coming instalment would be quite strong at the very least. In its fourth episode, Coke Studio performed its usual balancing act of simple pleasures and ambitious experiments, and did a fine job.
      Newsline, July 27, 2011
    • LONG-DELAYED SHOW OF BUDDHIST ART FROM PAKISTAN IS TO OPEN
      A long-planned exhibition of nearly 70 pieces of Buddhist art from Pakistan will finally open at Asia Society on Aug. 9, after political intrigue in Pakistan and a breakdown in American-Pakistani relations delayed it for six months.
      The New York Times, July 26, 2011
    • CULTURAL FESTIVAL UNDERWAY IN QUETTA
      A six-day cultural festival is underway in Quetta on an account of independence day celebrations, Express News reported Monday.
      The International Herald Tribune, July 25, 2011
    • COLLECTOR'S ITEM: SADEQUAIN'S MYSTIC EXPRESSION IN PRINT
      Gallery 6 is showcasing a book about the painter Sadequain, in collaboration with the Sadequain Foundation, California. Titled, “Mystic Expressions by Sadequain – an odyssey to exaltation with Ghalib, Iqbal, Faiz and Sadequain” the book has illustrations, or one could even call them interpretations, of poetry of these famous poets by Sadequain.
      The International Herald Tribune, July 25, 2011
    • PAKISTAN FASHION WEEKS HELP IN BRAND-BUILDING
      A huge bougainvillea-lined brick house that would easily qualify as palatial in Lahore is where cousins Kamiar Rokni and Tia Noon host the House of Kamiar Rokni. It is also known as one of the most sought-after hubs of high fashion, stocking retail and the four distinct lines falling under the KR umbrella.
      Dawn, July 22, 2011
    • PAKISTAN ORCHESTRA REINVENTS JAZZ CLASSICS
      A new orchestra in the Pakistani city of Lahore is causing some excitement in the world of jazz - and turning around their own fortunes at the same time.
      BBC News, July 21, 2011
    • A CENTURIES OLD TRADITION KEPT ALIVE
      HYDERABAD: Besides their message of love and harmony, Shah’s poetry and music compositions have always been popular among Sindh’s old and young. 
      Dawn, July 12, 2011
    • SOUTH ASIANS IN HOLLYWOOD: FROM FRINGE TO MAINSTREAM
      ISLAMABAD: It seems that brown is the new black, and there’s no going back! The fast-growing South Asian-American demographic has led to some major changes in Hollywood studios.
      The International Herald Tribune, July 06, 2011
    • COKE STUDIO: MUSICAL VOYAGE THROUGH VARIOUS LANGUAGES
      KARACHI: The second-last episode of “Coke Studio 4” took its viewers through a musical excursion across Pakistani culture.
      The International Herald Tribune, July 04, 2011
    • NOOR MAHAL - RESPLENDENT IN ITS GLORY
      A former princely state, Bahawalpur still carries quaint reminders of its rich past– from mighty forts to resplendent palaces to mystical shrines. But the jewel in the crown continues to be Noor Mahal, the palace of light.
      Dawn, June 15, 2011
    • OSCAR WINNING VISUAL EFFECTS ARTIST MAKES KARACHI LOOK SO GOOD
      The world can also thank visual effects specialist Mir Zafar Ali for bringing the villain ‘Venom’ to life in Spider-Man III. Now, he’s basking in the aftermath of another success, X-Men: First Class – the debuted at No. 1 in the box office in its opening weekend.
      The International Herald Tribune, June 14, 2011
    • ART INSTALLATION FOR JAPAN VICTIMS IN KARACHI
      The Asahi art exhibition at the Commune Artists Colony opened on Saturday April 9. The exhibition is being held to collect funds for the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The word "Asahi", means "rising sun" in Japanese.
      Dawn, April 12, 2011
    • PAKISTAN'S LITERARY STAR
      Daniyal Mueenuddin's masterful debut collection, In Other Rooms, Other Wonders, reveals a modern Pakistan that is as beautiful as it is brutal.
      The Daily Beast, February 01, 2009
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