Category Archives: Dance

Struggling to dance

By Beena Sarwar

An evening of classical dance at the Arts Council Auditorium, Karachi
was a moving tribute to young, upcoming dancers — and most of all,
to Sheema Kermani

Sheema Kermani shines through her students. At an evening of
classical dance in Karachi on May 24, she performed and showcased the
work of sixteen students, ranging from newcomers to experienced
dancers. The end of the over-two hour long ‘Jugalbandi’ that
juxtaposed dance styles on one platform, drew sustained applause and
a standing ovation from much of the audience filling the Arts Council
Auditorium to its 500-strong capacity. It was a moving tribute to
young, upcoming dancers — and most of all, to Sheema Kirmani for her
lifelong dedication as a teacher, creativity as a choreographer and
as a dancer herself. Continue reading


Comments Off on Struggling to dance

Filed under culture, Dance, Society

Pakistan: Maha Shivratri festivities at Katas Raj Temple

 Thousands of Hindu pilgrims are expected to attend this event in Katas, located un the Punjab province of Pakistan. 

Maha Shivratri falls on the 13th (or 14th) day of the dark half of ‘Phalgun’ (February-March). The event marks the night when lord Shiva performed the Tandav dance (the dance of destruction).” 

“Maha Shivratri means the night of Shiva, and ceremonies are pre-arranged chiefly at night time. Maha Shivratri is the night on which lord Shiva and Parvati got married.”

LAHORE: More than 200 Hindu pilgrims – led by Indian Legislative Assembly member (MLA) Rajni Kant Chawla and her sister Mala – will reach the Joint Check Post at Wagah Border today (Monday). They will be on a special train and are coming to Pakistan to celebrate Maha Shivratri – a three-day holy festival.

Senior officers of the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) will receive the delegation at Wagah Railway Station, from where they will go to Gurdwara Dera Sahib. The ETPB and other departments concerned have finalised security and other arrangements for thousands of Hindu pilgrims expected to visit Pakistan for the event. Continue reading


Filed under Dance, India, minorities, Pakistan, Religion, Society

Dr. Enver Sajjad – An Enigmatgic Icon


The first ever-commissioned play to be telecast in the subcontinent in November 1964 was written by Enver Sajjad. He was bestowed with Pride of Performance in 1989 for his valuable work in literature. And he got the ECO Award of Excellence 2004 in history, literature and culture. His screenplay are so deftly written that a prolific writer like Ashfaq Ahmed once confessed that he learned to write screenplay from Enver Sajjad

I was at Riaz Rafi’s studio apartment one evening. Rafi as he likes to be called is an artist with a nagging conscience. I was in the midst of doing an in-depth profile of him. (project shelved indefinitely–cannot get permission to use some quotes.) Continue reading


Filed under Art, Books, Dance, Fiction, Karachi, Literature, Theatre

segueing slogans of the year that was (2007)

by temporal

in forms and flavours
— none tasty, it descends
for the thief of baghdad
it was sudden blackness
amidst shouts of allah o akbar
for the feudal daughter of sind
shouts of ji’yay bhutto
reverberated between shots

between denial implosions
…………………and self explosions
cremations and burials
life collected shards of dreams
conscience shriveled, hope sighed
and …………………..lucifer danced
slogans segued colours of death
—parched brown, uranium tipped gray
hopeless-muddy in waters of oceans
………………….and rivers

and the kids played
with their broken tonka trucks Continue reading


Filed under Dance, Democracy, Islam, Justice, Languages, Literature, Politics, World

“Arts Pakistan” – a place to visit

by Raza Rumi

The art world of Pakistan is not given the attention it deserves. But amends are being made. Arts Pakistan, or Artspak, is a recently developed website, with an exclusive collection of videos, paintings and photographs that depicts the country’s vibrant art scene. Continue reading


Filed under Art, Dance, Pakistan, Photos, Theatre