Category Archives: Theatre

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

A short walk through the rarified atmosphere at the crossroads of sirat-al-mustaqeem and the path of Tao

here by the bye
stoking the fire of courtship
among the many court-appointed courtesans
are the portly courtiers
with their ornamental pokers
wielded with a lack of
an imagination stunted at birth
and later jettisoned
in favour of the kind of rhetoric
often associated with machetes at dawn
or cantonese elegies for late chairman mao
whose face in partial silhouette adorns
the four-by-four centimetre analogue
that clings to my flat-screen monitor

he tells me that it’s nine thirty-ish
am or pm
looking past my shoulder into the middle distance
perhaps fondly recalling pir papa doc of na-pak sarzameen
and the last time they met in the old town of peking
way back when in the seventies
just before the one of them kicked the bucket
and the other returned home
with one foot in the grave
and the other in a jet-black jackboot
with the words pak-cheen dosti zindabad
stitched into the supple leather in
red white and green nasta’liq

minos – january 2008


Filed under poetry, Politics, Theatre

“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