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 Kapoor (famed actor from Bollywood movie 'Dil Chahta Hai'). The Director joined the event via Skype for Q&A.
This event sets a good precedence for student-led literary events. With the recent decline of Karachi Literature Festival and a constant search for more literary and cultural events, Paish-e-Lafz provided a much needed change of perspective by including a variety a sessions that the audience appreciated. With more interest from young students, such events can become a healthy trend that would trigger cultural growth and maturity in the country.
Tags: A tale of three cities, Ankhon Dekhi, Boys played well, DWL, paish-e-lafz, Rajat Kapoor, SZABIST, T2F