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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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28 Sep

5 minutes with Zainab Chottani

By Manal Khan     Zainab Chottani may not have made it to the brouhaha of big names of wedding wear designers in the country (yet) but she has steadily acquired a quiet respectability amongst her fans. Zainab's name boosted to fame after she started showing at fashion weeks and since then she has been busy associating herself with Bridal Couture Week, Fashion Pakistan Week, TV shows (dressing morning show hosts and lending wardrobes to serials) and showing whenever the need. Her latest appearance at the Shaan-e-Pakistan showcase in Delhi has further propelled her 'bridal' success and paved her way to reach out to the Indian market as well. She is available by appointment at her studio in Karachi which is where she stocks her collection.     Something Haute catches up...
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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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5 Aug

A moment with Amjad Sabri

  Where: At the Shaan-e-Pakistan introductory press conference in Karachi   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 this 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.     "Pakistan and India unite over two thing: nuclear technology and music," Sabri said...
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