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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Murad Ali Shah opens Urdu Conference 2019


By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Murad Ali Shah, opened the 12th International Urdu Conference at the Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi, on December 5. 

Declaring the multilingual city of Karachi as the hub of the cultural activities, he reckoned that the culture harmony in Pakistan was stronger than any other country in the world. 

“Pakistan is a country of different cultures and there is a need to promote cultural activities in every province,” he emphasized. 

The Sindh Cultural Minister, Sardar Shah, observed that just as the Indus River was joining the whole of Pakistan from Kashmir to Karachi, Urdu language was uniting the whole Pakistan as a nation. 

“Despite the heaviest of odds, Urdu has survived as the language of communication and cultural harmony in Pakistan,” he added. 

The President of the Arts council of Pakistan, Muhammad Ahmed Shah, stated that there were hardly a dozen people present in the auditorium when he and his team had launched the Urdu Conference 12 years ago with a budget of only Rupees one million. 

“As you all know, now the International Urdu conference has become a global brand of Pakistan. This year’s Urdu conference won’t be having sessions of Urdu only but we will have sessions in all the other regional languages. The Urdu Conference had now changed to a national cultural conference and for the first time sessions of other languages were also to be held in the conference. On the other hand we have delegates from India, Germany, Japan, USA, Canada, and China,” he said.

In the opening session, Shamim Hanfi and Haris Khalique presented they papers on the current political, social and literary situation in Pakistan and the world. The session was chaired by Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali shah and hosted by Muhammad Ayub Shaikh. 

The conference, to continue until December 8, will feature over 150 delegates from 20 countries, along with 32 sessions on diverse forms of art such as film and TV. 

Music and dance performances, book fairs, dasatangoi and mushairas as well as a photography exhibition, capturing the 11-year old history of the conference have also been planned on the sidelines.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Enthralling musical concert at ACP


By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Arts Council of Pakistan (ACP), Karachi, came alive with enthralling musical concert held at the open air theatre on the evening of July 18.

The event was organized by the ACP’s Special Projects Committee with the collaboration of the Funoon Cultural Forum. 

The live music performance by a battery of vocalists of varying talents was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience which remained glued to seats for about three hours as it was entertained with some of the popular numbers, both old and new. 

Ayub Khan, the chief organizer of the show, was thoroughly praised for having put together an exciting concert, fuelling the passion for music even without the presence of the star performers. 

Having earned the reputation of organizing successful musical concerts without engaging any superstar, he delivered once more with his acumen and presentation skills much to the delight of the big audience which enjoyed the proceedings despite the up and down sea breeze, which blew in patches.

There was a particular treat for the ghazal lovers and the last segment was a smashing success.

Vocalist Ishtiaq Bashir, hailing from the family of Ustad Amanat Ali Khan, mesmerized the audience who were asking for more when the show was finally brought to an end.


Akhlaq Ahmed, Ahmer Abbas, Aisha Khan, Uzma Noor, Laila Ali, Fouzia Noor and Ghazal Khan were the other singers to have showcased their talents in front of an appreciating crowd.

Sardar Nazakat Ali was the chief guest of the night while Abdul Khaliq and Noman Abid were the guests of honour. 

Syed Khalid Mahmood, Khalid Mumtaz Ansari, Abdul Hamid, Dr Barkatullah Memon and Nazir Mateen were among the VIP guests invited for the programme and all of them were delighted to have watched the full concert spanning more than three hours. 

Tazeem Jamal, one of the coordinators for the event, expressed satisfaction at the large turnout and she took pride at having entertained the audience with brilliant performance from the participating artists. 

“Obviously its teamwork and the credit for the successful programme need to be shared between the organizers and the performers. The guitarists, the vocalists, the violinists and the tabla-nawaz made it possible with their joint efforts on the stage,” she recognized. 

Herself an event manager by profession, she didn’t mince words in stating that such musical concerts provided lifeline to the inhabitants of a city as big as Karachi where the majority of the people spend bulk of their time in work-related pursuits with negligible avenues for entertainment. 

Khalid Mumtaz Ansari, a widely travelled scientist, reckoned that the three-hour programme remained lively for the major parts of it and the finishing was an icing on the cake. 

Abdul Hamid, an accountant and trainer, was also thrilled with the performance of the artists and he thanked them for enlivening the proceedings even though the weather was not particularly pleasant.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Shanta Zaibunnisa Bukhari remembered


By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

Glowing tributes were paid to late Comrade Shanta Zaibunnisa for her services for the downtrodden society and specially tilling women on the occasion of her death anniversary observed at the Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi. The speakers on the occasion included comrade leaders, intellectuals, law makers, members of teaching community and people from various walks of life.

They hailed Shanta Zaibunnisa Bukhari as first comrade leader of South Asia who struggled her whole of life in advocating the cause of women particularly the downtrodden. 

They pointed out that Shanta Bukhari launched her struggle for tilling women in her young age when there ‘satti’ tradition used to be followed in India. 

The speakers described her role for working and downtrodden women as most important, particularly in organizing and motivating them to get them a respectful place in the society and putting forward the concept of freedom for such women of the subcontinent. 

She struggled rest of her life in creating awareness and organizing the women working in factories, women working in bangles-making units, working in the field of garbage collection and sweeping, home maids and those working in the field of agriculture and domestic units. 

The speakers admitted the big role played by Shanta Zaibunnisa and her comrade husband, Jamaluddin Bukhari. They said that history will never forget the struggle waged by Shanta for the welfare of women and their rights.

Noted intellectual, Dr Jaffer Ahmed, recalled that Shanta was a women who created awareness among working women for carrying out struggle for their rights and stood fast against extortionist forces. 

He said this very awareness brought her close to Comrade Jamaluddin Bukhari and truned into Zaibunnisa from Shanta. 

He said that our today’s society strongly needed such volunteers. 

Noted social worker, Mehnaz Rehman, reckoned that Shanta enjoyed the status of a mother for communists and such personalities do born in centuries. 

She said it was because of personalities like Shanta who created an awareness among women to come forward to lead the society and where they still face a discriminatory treatment. 

Former Commissioner Karachi, Shafiqur Rehman Paracha, considered himself fortunate for having had the opportunity of meeting Comrade Jamaluddin Bukhari when he was serving as Assistant Commissioner Larkana and always followed Comrade’s advice in administrative matters during his different postings. 

Jamaluddin had told him that government officials should always keep their doors open to help the helpless, he recalled and said that during visiting hours who would always come out of his office and meet the needy visitors.

Comrade Roochi Lal, advocate, disclosed that late Z A Bhutto would seek guidance from Jamaluddin Bukhari to learn the philosophy of socialism. He said history will always remember the services of Comrade Jamaluddin and his wife Shanta Zaibunnisa for the rights of tillers and working women. 

Dr Tausif Ahmed described the struggle waged by Shanta Zaibunnisa for the release of her husband as an important chapter of history. Researcher Aslam Khawaja told the audience that he ddin’t find any instance with regard to the struggle except the one waged by Shanta for development of women of Sindh. 

He asserted that there is need to carry out more research with regard to Shanta’s services and struggle for women of Sindh. Dr Riaz Shaikh noted that at the time when there existed the tradition of ‘satti’ in India, the women lacked the concept of equality in their rights and such an awareness was created by Shanta Jamaluddin. 

Former Ambassador and retired DIG, Jamil Ahmed Kha, regarded late Shanta Zaibunnisa as a woman with great farsightedness and it was her vision that she raised voice for women at a time when they were only restricted within boundary walls of their homes. 

Syed Munawar Bukhari, son of late Shanta Jamaluddin, said that her mother had dedicated her entire life in championing the cause of social welfare and particularly welfare of down trodden women.