Events Reviving Karachi’s Old Glories
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.