Karachi Literature Festival…

Karachi…the pulsating metropolis of my country hosted its third literary festival this weekend…as one of the many literary heavyweights in town for this event said…this sort of event and turnout is symptomatic of a society in search of establishing a paradigm of excellence in the arts and cultural scene as well as in avenues for intellectual discourse..which is seen as a dichotomy in a society that is often termed as one that is being intellectually defranchised…this is however one of those pockets of excellence that makes the heart soar with a sense of…controlled euphoria. If you measure a country from its culture, then there is something great going on in Pakistan said Hanif  Kureshi…amidst much cheering from the literati and glitterati of Pakistan…

Once again the hues and colors of this venue were inspiring and had all the ingredients of A literary bonanza….the awe inspiring writers…super audiences…fiery speeches…lively debate…tolerance for all denominations of literary culture and talent…a broad spectrum of creativity in the arts that leaves us craving for more! Both languages, Urdu and English, were beautifully and compassionately used and presented , which brings to the fore that language does have a vast and most tolerant and accepting geography…as also the ease of bridging distances between our today and cultural heritages by helping us to delve into and appreciate treasure troves and personalities who have mastered languages that define our identity…a creativity inspired spirit that helps us relive imprints often relegated to the back burner of the present…whetting appetites and creating new vistas to explore…

The Karachi Literature Festival is gaining in repute…attendance…star power attraction…organization…variety…vision…above all, in the spirit of enthusiasm, interest and participation ! Small though our literary fest may be as compared to others across the world stage…this one is ours…makes us proud…the addition of a very dear family member as a panelist on a most relevant issue of the day was a bonus..all this must perforce showcase us as more than the sobriquets we as a nation are wont to be on the receiving end of…


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Saara
    Feb 16, 2012 @ 12:43:18

    Ah! I wish I could attend it.


  2. shamasheikh
    Feb 16, 2012 @ 18:05:35

    Next time inshallah Saara…they plan to have it over three days next year…more to look forward to!


  3. souldipper
    Feb 17, 2012 @ 01:49:06

    As the global family becomes more and more a reality – especially thanks to the internet – we can highlight better the experience of our roots becoming a salve to one’s soul and a balm to our being.

    Unity and home each have their place in our lives. One does not have to exist to the exclusion of the other.

    What a grand experience to have had all your senses touched, Shama, with the familiarity of home.


  4. shamasheikh
    Feb 17, 2012 @ 16:46:56

    Amy, what a wonderful way you have with words…and words are really all we have sometimes to touch and enrich the inner cores of our senses and being…when paired with heritage…roots…identity…familiarity…it is a creative and spiritual bonanza…

    God bless you for understanding…


  5. Arindam
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 06:48:41

    Great post Shamaji. We all need to show glimpse of our respective country, our respective culture & our respective people through our blog. It’s going to help the world & it’s people to unite. Pakistan is very reach in its art & culture; it need to showcase its talent to world. I like singers like Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Aatif Aslam & Shafqat Amanat Ali a lot. Best wishes to you.


    • shamasheikh
      Feb 29, 2012 @ 17:38:39

      Thank you Arindam.

      It is good to hear that you admire our singers just as we do yours…we are indeed fortunate that we share so much in the arts, language and culture and hence are able to admire and respect artists across our lands…


  6. Priya
    Feb 23, 2012 @ 04:18:01

    When we hear stories from our elders about the culture of the region that is now called Pakistan, we look with eyes filled with wonder and admiration. The intellect, the tehzib, the craftsmanship.. Tehzib. It is so fabulous Karachi has hosted this fest to showcase a bit of this massive inheritance you have, Shama.


    • shamasheikh
      Feb 29, 2012 @ 17:48:03

      How very generous of you to say such wonderful things Priya…thank you and God bless…

      Showcasing the “Tehzib” of our region is so very essential in a time of so much confusion of identity…acknowledging…appreciating…and then taking ownership of the same is fervently hoped for! Melding all this incredibly rich inheritance into our lives of today also requires pride of ownership…I am hoping there are many more “young ones” like you across our subcontinent Priya…


  7. Mal
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 07:07:49

    Shama, I agree that culture is an integral part of any society and one must stand tall and proud to preserve the rich heritage. This annual festival is commendable and should be encouraged and supported. God bless.. 🙂


    • shamasheikh
      Feb 29, 2012 @ 17:52:44

      Maleeha this annual Festival is absolutely and wonderfully uplifting…next year they plan to have it over three days inshallah…if there are any plans for visiting Karachi, do plan it around this time…I know you will love it…


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