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City Culture – Subhan Nizami Qawwal at Pakistan Chowk

The Qawwali at Pakistan Chowk was a fantastic experience. Subhan Nizami is one of the finest Qawwals in the city and Pakistan Chowk has turned out to be a vibrant public space since its restoration. The combination guaranteed to entertain and engage the audience, a lot of which were from the area. It would not […]

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City Culture – Karachi Awami Pipe & Brass Band, KMC Market Garden

Karachi’s broken hearts. Karachi Awami Pipe & Brass Band is a group of eight, most of them approaching 50s. They followed different trajectories before ending up in a small office in KMC Marekt in Garden. Some of them have worked in Punjab before moving to Karachi. Another one has recently joined from Hyderabad. One of […]

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City Culture – Revival of Theatre at Jamshed Memorial Hall

The auditorium inside Jamshed Memorial Hall is perhaps the oldest venue for theatre performance in Karachi. With uncontrolled commercialization of Bunder road, much of cultural activities along with theatre shifted to other areas of the city. Jamshed Memorial Hall also suffered from the changing dynamics and remained dormant as far as theatre is concerned. The […]

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Personal Spaces – Tofiq Pasha’s

“I registered for the session only to see his house up close”, a girl confided in us, a small group who was taking a look inside Tofiq Pasha’s humble double storey home. We were at Tofiq Pasha’s farm to attend a gardening class and were taking a break around lunch time. Tofiq Pasha calls himself […]

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City Culture – Drum Circle in Lyari

Karachi is a difficult city for most of its dwellers. Crumbling infrastructure, pollution, rising cost of living, incompetence, disappointments can take its toll on anyone. Time and again you have to look and seek for inspiration. The Karachi Walla was in Lyari to meet Ibad who has been conducting Drum Circles across the city, most […]

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