Paish-e-Lafz sets good precedence for Student-led festivals

On May 7th the students of SZABIST Karachi held an event at T2F as course project. Titled ‘Paish-e-Lafz’, it was organized on the lines of Literature Festival by students who opted Experiential Marketing course for Spring 2016 semester. Starting at midday, the program included four distinct segments that covered a variety of subjects. The first one was “Boys Played Well”, the Cricket segment that included former Cricketers who spoke about the game and its current situation. Names like Shoaib Mohammad and Sikandar Bakht were part of the panel present at the event. The second segment was “A Tale of 3 Cities” where participants from Karachi, Mumbai and Dhaka spoke about culture and history. Joining via internet, Ganapathy Balagopalan from Mumbai and Naveed Mahbub from Dhaka, they joined Madiha Syed for the discussion panel moderated by Mariam Durrani. The third segment was about writing by Desi Writers Lounge. Focusing on an event called NaNoWriMo, where participants write 50,000 words in the month of November, the panelists spoke about writing in groups and how it helps. The panelists included Farheen Zehra, Christie Lauder and Sheba Sultan. The last segment of the event was a movie screening “Ankhon Dekhi” that was directed by Rajat…

“The Harvest of Hope” – A Tribute to Sabeen
Literary Events / May 26, 2015

Desi Writers Lounge hosted a resistance poetry session at Alliance Francaise Karachi on Monday, 25th May. Organized in the conference hall, the session started with Farheen Zehra reciting Faiz’s poem “Ye Fasl Umeeedon Ki Humdum” and introducing the purpose of this session to the audience. The first performance was by Ali Azfar, with Ali Raza Soomro on guitar, who gave  the audience a history of Urdu resistance poetry. Sharing words from renowned poets starting from Bahadur Shah Zafar, he recounted the impact of the poetry on the people and how these words interacted as well as changed with time as the British were replaced by bureaucracy and military governments. Adnan Jaffar and Tariq Raja came next to recite and perform poetry from Habib Jalib, Josh Malih Abadi and Sahir Ludhianvi. They mimicked a style appropriate to the verses, sitting in casual style for Jalib’s work and straightening up for Josh Malih Abadi. Farheen came next to read Afzal Ahmed’s poem “Hamein Bahut Sare Phool Chahiyen” (we need a whole lot of flowers), an azad nazm from one of his recent publications (the poet himself was attending the event). The poem highlighted different aspects and brutalities of life in our society that…