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7 Mar

A new bridge over the border

Shaan-e-Pakistan is emerging as a regular event that aims to bring the very best of music, food and fashion from Pakistan and India on one platform. There is, however, a small spanner in the works…   By Aamna Haider Isani   The strongest bridge connecting Pakistan and India has been culture, which takes fashion, music, television, theatre, food and film under its wrap with the aim to promote a common point of interest. For years efforts have been made on both sides of the border, with India welcoming Pakistani actors and musicians in various realms of entertainment and Pakistan initiating collaborative events, especially those using fashion as the hook.   The Carnival de Couture, organized more than a decade ago in Karachi, comes to mind as...
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6 Aug

Shaan e Pakistan is a very mixed bag

    The highlight of the evening was the baritone presence of Amjad Sabri and when he sang a few lines from “Bhar De Jholi” he brought the house down. Amjad Sabri was, in fact, the strongest element in the Shaan e Pakistan introductory press conference that took place at the Pearl Continental last evening. The fact that Sabri will inaugurate the Shaan e Pakistan gala on September 10 in Delhi with an evening titled ‘Ek Shaam Pakistan Ke Naam’ is very promising. What better way to introduce Pakistan to India (not that the two need an introduction) than through powerful qawalis! The second impressive act was Akhtar Chanal (featured in pic above) who performed his classic Balochi song and dance.   [caption id="attachment_4903" align="aligncenter"...
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