Greece’s economic woes breathe new life into the arts

The young man climbed a 30-foot scaffold on a building in central Athens and dipped a brush into a tray of gray paint. With rapid flicks of his wrist, he outlined a haunting image: a baby with two faces, looking simultaneously into an abyss and toward the sky, its vacant eyes . . . → Read More: Greece’s economic woes breathe new life into the arts

Manto’s mansion might fall prey to commercialism

His pen created masterpieces that changed the face of Urdu literature. Many of the thoughts that must have brewed in his mind in the last seven years of his life were here, in this modest house a few hundred yards off Mall road in the neighbourhood of Lakshmi Mansion. This is where he penned . . . → Read More: Manto’s mansion might fall prey to commercialism

Pakistan warmly welcomes Sikh pilgrims

LAHORE: As many as 2,300 Sikh pilgrims arrived in Lahore on Thursday to celebrate the Baisakhi festival.

“Pakistanis are wonderful hosts. This is my second trip to Pakistan and I am happy to see that the government has provided pilgrims even more facilities than last year,” Sukhwinder Singh, a 60-year-old pilgrim from India, said.

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Expressing the untold narratives

Narratives Untold, featuring the latest collection of art work by Madiha Mehreen and Muneeb Aqib, opened at Gallery 39K on Friday. Their works have previously been exhibited as part of The Door at Gallery 39K and the Young Artists Exhibition at Alhamra Art Gallery in 2013.

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The dirty old man of Delhi

Always game for a good joke, the author Khushwant Singh wrote his obituary in 1943, which later appeared in a collection of short stories.

In the story titled “Posthumous,” he wrote, “We regret to announce the sudden death of Sardar Khushwant Singh at 6 p.m. last evening. He leaves behind a young widow, two infant children and . . . → Read More: The dirty old man of Delhi

Manto

The man behind the storm.

Saadat Hasan Manto. The name rings a bell for most Pakistanis. It was not until I was introduced to Manto’s writing in grade 9 through ‘Pakistani Kahanian’ (a compilation of short stories in Urdu), that I fell in love with this language long taken for granted. Stories like Toba Tek . . . → Read More: Manto

Fashion Pakistan: PCBW in pictures

Models walk the ramp sporting creations by designers participating in Pantene Bridal Couture Week 2013 in Lahore.

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Film Bo Kata: through the kite maker’s eyes

The ageless city of Lahore is known for its liveliness and festivity, and it is an acknowledged fact that Lahoris know how to celebrate an occasion, and celebrate it well. The occasion which Lahore is perhaps most famous for is Basant — the kite festival. The banning of Basant in the city pushed veteran kite-makers . . . → Read More: Film Bo Kata: through the kite maker’s eyes

An Appraisal Of Pakistan’s Entertainment Industry

TV Shows And Music Arts Have Left Cinema Far Behind

Pakistan’s entertainment industry has been on a continuous path of decline for the past few decades, barring some developments and hits every now and then. The strict censorship laws enforced under Zia-ul-Haq’s Islamization program dealt a deathly blow to the progressive and forward-looking artistic . . . → Read More: An Appraisal Of Pakistan’s Entertainment Industry

Abida Parveen enthralls audience on Saturday

No matter how hard one tries, words cannot do justice to the way the greatest Sufi and folk singer of our time Abida Parveen engaged music lovers in a soul-stirring performance on Saturday evening.

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