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29 Sep

Fashion Pakistan all set to bring fashion back to the runway

Pakistan's Fashion Council, FP, has announced the resumption of fashion weeks in the country with a two-day event to be held in Karachi on December 5 and 6, 2020. The announcement was made via press release yesterday and comes as both a relief and a ray of hope for Pakistan's fashion industry, that has been struggling to stay afloat in a Covid-hit landscape. FP's previously announced fashion outing, FPW Spring Summer 2020, was scheduled to take place in April 2020 but was postponed indefinitely when the pandemic took over and the entire country went into lockdown. "FPW 2020 will be embracing the new digital format utilized globally and the collections by live streaming the show directly from the venue. In a post Covid-19 environment,...
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23 Aug

Are women only saints or sinners?

The portrayal of most female characters on television is being either sanctified or demonized to the extent that they no longer connect as nuanced human beings. The women in Asim Abbasi’s Churails were hailed for their feminism but they were also, at the same time, criticized for their ‘shocking’ characterization. Their intoxicated, brazen, foul mouthed ways were looked down upon by many people who dismissed the reasons that actually explained the way they were, thus rejecting them. The way one sees it, these people should be more worried about the portrayal of women on television these days; it’s the average girls next door that are inflicting more damage to women and the ways they should be represented. The more TV dramas I watch,...
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8 Aug

‘Woh Umeed Ki Manzil’ revisits Khwaja Khurshid Anwar’s legacy

At a time when most Pakistani musicians are looking outwards, creating fusion, singing in English or developing sounds and beats that appeal to a global audience, there’s someone who – despite living on the outside – has turned to his roots for a musical evolution. This someone is Rameez Anwar, relatively unknown except for his surname that connects him to the late Khwaja Khurshid Anwar, one of the greatest music composers and lyrical story tellers of the Sub Continent. The legend was Rameez’s grandfather and from that legacy comes his love for old world melodies, Rameez’s newest release being ‘Woh Umeed Ki Manzil,’ featuring the inimitable Zeb Bangash. Having grown up in Texas on a steady diet of western rock, pop and...
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