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Durriya Kazi

ARTSPEAK: TOWARDS SULH-I-KUL

ARTSPEAK: TOWARDS SULH-I-KUL

There is something very calming about the term Sulh-i-Kul. Translated as complete reconciliation or universal peace,... Published Mar 10, 2019 08:37am
URBANITY: A TALE OF THREE CITIES

URBANITY: A TALE OF THREE CITIES

The grim,dingy and crime-ridden past of London, Paris and New York lends a new perspective to the efforts to fix Karachi Published Mar 03, 2019 07:08am
ARTSPEAK: STREET MUSIC

ARTSPEAK: STREET MUSIC

Akram Dost recently sent me a video of a Baloch musician jamming on a tanbourag (a delicate long-necked Balochi... Published Feb 24, 2019 08:19am
ARTSPEAK: A GARDEN IN THE CITY

ARTSPEAK: A GARDEN IN THE CITY

Frere Hall, and its gardens, is one of the gentlest places in Karachi. I like to think it always was. It was ... Published Feb 10, 2019 07:19am
ARTSPEAK: UNDEFINING ART

ARTSPEAK: UNDEFINING ART

Artist Mehr Afroze once said in an interview: “Art is not what you do, but an artist is what you become.” A... Published Jan 27, 2019 07:01am
ARTSPEAK: MAKING WAVES WITH RADIO

ARTSPEAK: MAKING WAVES WITH RADIO

We spent many a late night turning the dial on the radio to catch beautiful sad music from Radio Moscow; afternoons... Published Jan 13, 2019 07:23am
ARTSPEAK: THE BEAUTIFUL MAN

ARTSPEAK: THE BEAUTIFUL MAN

The narrative of beauty is predominantly female. Occasionally, we get a glimpse into the parallel narrative of male... Published Dec 30, 2018 07:08am
ARTSPEAK: THE NATURE OF THE CITY

ARTSPEAK: THE NATURE OF THE CITY

Andy Warhol’s ‘Do It Yourself’ (1962) paint-by-numbers emphasises the alienation of city dwellers from the... Published Dec 16, 2018 07:31am
ARTSPEAK: THINKING BEYOND GENDER

ARTSPEAK: THINKING BEYOND GENDER

Earlier this month, two extraordinary women were in the news: Fahmida Riaz, the poet, whose death was mourned by ... Published Dec 02, 2018 07:03am
ARTSPEAK: FROM IMAGE TO ICON

ARTSPEAK: FROM IMAGE TO ICON

Photographer Alberto Korda captured an image of Che Guevara at a funeral of workers in Havana in 1960. Rejected by... Published Nov 18, 2018 06:57am
ARTSPEAK: THE LOTUS AND THE ROSE

ARTSPEAK: THE LOTUS AND THE ROSE

Two invasions had a profound impact on India — the Aryans who gave India Sanskrit and the Vedic religion, and the Published Nov 04, 2018 07:58am
ARTSPEAK: THE MANY SIDES OF HUMOUR

ARTSPEAK: THE MANY SIDES OF HUMOUR

Digital networks teem with jokes, satirical videos and memes about everything — from politics to the absurdities of new Published Oct 21, 2018 07:22am
ARTSPEAK: RETHINKING EDUCATION

ARTSPEAK: RETHINKING EDUCATION

The 1,200 plus acres of the arid campus of the University of Karachi magically turn lush green after the rains; hidden Published Oct 07, 2018 07:01am
ARTSPEAK: THE TRUTH ABOUT SADNESS

ARTSPEAK: THE TRUTH ABOUT SADNESS

I like movies with happy endings. Sadness sends me into panic, as if I will never get out from under the weight of ... Published Sep 09, 2018 06:56am
ARTSPEAK: ART AND EMPATHY

ARTSPEAK: ART AND EMPATHY

Empathy has become the hot new subject for social scientists. A relatively new term coined in 1909, it is defined as... Published Aug 26, 2018 07:40am
ARTSPEAK: WHAT'S IN A NAME?

ARTSPEAK: WHAT'S IN A NAME?

It is estimated that about 130 million babies are born in a year around the world. Each one will be given a ... Published Aug 12, 2018 08:02am
ARTSPEAK: IMAGE WARS

ARTSPEAK: IMAGE WARS

As the election draws near, the battle of the image has acquired a frantic momentum. Posters are put up in any... Published Jul 15, 2018 06:26am
ARTSPEAK: THE ACTOR’S DILEMMA

ARTSPEAK: THE ACTOR’S DILEMMA

Last week I received an email announcing a commemorative session for the late Razia Sajjad Zaheer at the Pak Tea... Published Jul 01, 2018 07:08am