In the final feature on film music for Icon, Asif Noorani discusses the genre of film qawwali, which invigorated movies
While many in Pakistan may not know the eminent Urdu poet Shahryar, a slim volume may help correct that oversight
Wedding songs will always stay in vogue, from past gems to present compositions, when it comes to nuptial celebrations
Let’s test your knowledge about some of the key developments during the war fought between Pakistan and India.
One can’t think of any other genre of music in our films which has as perfect a balance of melody and rhythm as the
Gulzar’s first novel is set in his beloved Punjab and traces familiar themes of grief, senseless violence and
In the fifth part of his series on film songs, Asif Noorani recalls the memorable music from the 1940s to the 1970s
Based on interviews over two years, a new biographical book traces the beats of tabla maestro Zakir Hussain’s life
The National Art Gallery exhibits the largest collection of Southeast Asian art in the world
In the latest installment on the series on film music, Asif Noorani looks at the genre of songs for children, which were
In the first two parts of the series on film music, roles played by composers and lyricists in the creation of film
If it had not been for film songs, Urdu and its poetry would not have reached the masses
We trace the origins of the dominance of the lip-synced musical in subcontinental cinema
In the first part in a series on our film music heritage, Asif Noorani traces the origins of the dominance of the
A collection of poetry and short stories by Gulzar about Partition have finally been published in Pakistan in the script
One of the most iconic filmmakers and film lyricists of the subcontinent, Sampooran Singh Kalra aka Gulzar was born...
A debutante author reconstructs Partition through the things fleeing migrants took with them from their homes
A multilayered novel punctuated with contemporary history that deserves to be read more than once
A posthumously published book on the culture of Awadh is by far the most knowledgeable and meticulous description
A WEEK or so before I boarded the PIA flight to Jeddah on my way to Makkah for performing Umrah, I was told that the...