Events Re­viv­ing Karachi’s Old Glo­ries

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Karachi is one of the few cities in the sub­con­ti­nent that pos­sesses an ex­tremely rich history in terms of mul­ti­cul­tural val­ues and di­ver­sity, and con­tin­ues to en­thrall fans of lit­er­a­ture and history alike. Th­ese el­e­ments be­came the fo­cus at the In­ter­na­tional Karachi Con­fer­ence, the third in­stall­ment in the se­ries, which served to en­rich peo­ple’s knowl­edge of Karachi’s cul­tural back­ground as well as stim­u­late dis­cus­sions re­lated to the preser­va­tion of its nat­u­ral history.

The In­ter­na­tional Karachi Con­fer­ence aimed to high­light Karachi’s im­por­tance as a re­gional hub as well as a plat­form for schol­ars, his­to­ri­ans and other like-minded in­di­vid­u­als to en­gage with each other and work on fu­ture aca­demic en­deav­ours. Dur­ing the three-day event, all who at­tended were treated to ses­sions that fo­cused on hard-hit­ting is­sues re­lated to the rise and fall of the im­por­tance of cul­ture in so­ci­ety over the years.

Dr. Riaz Sheikh, Dean So­cial Sci­ences Depart­ment at the Shaheed Zul­fiqar Ali Bhutto In­sti­tute of Science and Tech­nol­ogy (SZABIST), along with hu­man rights ac­tivist Akhtar Balouch, in a ses­sion aptly ti­tled, ‘Rem­i­nis­cence Part II” re­called the pre-par­ti­tion era when Karachi was de­clared as one of three fed­er­a­tions of the In­dian sub­con­ti­nent. In ad­di­tion, the con­tri­bu­tions of the Parsi com­mu­nity in terms of the con­ser­va­tion of his­tor­i­cal mon­u­ments and ar­chi­tec­tural won­ders were also high­lighted.

In an­other ses­sion ti­tled, ‘Me­dia and the Me­trop­o­lis’, ac­tor Talat Hus­sain ac­com- panied by for­mer PTV Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Raana Sheikh and me­dia critic, Asif Far­rukhi, spoke of the as­cent and even­tual de­cline of Pak­istani me­dia and how to­day’s me­dia moguls need to take a leaf out of history in or­der to en­hance the qual­ity of tele­vi­sion. “The history of me­dia in Pak­istan is filled with glo­ri­ous achieve­ments,” re­called Talat Hus­sain. “To­day, it has, how­ever, be­come ir­re­spon­si­ble as the peo­ple of this pro­fes­sion are un­aware of what their ac­tual duty is, which is to in­form and ed­u­cate the peo­ple.”

Held at the Arts Coun­cil, Karachi, the con­fer­ence also fea­tured dis­cus­sions re­lated to the pro­mo­tion of lo­cal art, the evo­lu­tion of film as well as per­for­mances by folk mu­si­cians.

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