Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Shanaakht Festival returns to Karachi!


SHANAAKHT FESTIVAL 2009

The Citizens Archive of Pakistan

Imperial Gardens (Do Talwar, Clifton)

November 9, 10 &11, 2009

 

Open to Schools between 9 A.M. – 1 P.M.

Free and Open to the Public between 3 P.M. – 9 P.M.

 

PERMANENT EXHIBITIONS:

 

PARVAZ

Photography Exhibition

A collection of photographs of life in the Pakistan Air Force during the 1940s and 1950s

Curated by Zairah Maher

 

SUNEHRAY SAPNAY: PAKISTANI CINEMA IN THE 1960S

Photography and Film Exhibition

CAP explores the golden age of Pakistani film

Curated by Sanam Maher

 

NEW NATION. NEW FREEDOM. NEW RESPONSIBILITIES

Photography Exhibition

Images of women from the early decades of Pakistan - revolutionaries who played an instrumental role in the building of the new nation

Curated by Shahana Rajani

 

FORGOTTEN PARADISE: KASHMIR

Photography Exhibition

A collection of photographs of pre-Partition Kashmir

Curated by Zairah Maher

 

HASHIM RAZA: LIFE OF AN EXTRAORDINARY PAKISTANI

Photography Exhibition

                  A tribute to one of the first civil servants of Pakistan

Curated by Amean J

 

KARACHIITES: PORTRAITS BY AMEAN J

Photography Exhibition

CAP honors the contributions of extraordinary citizens of Karachi

Curated by Amean J

 

SHEHR-E-KARACHI, MAIMAARAN-E-PAKISTAN KI ANKHON SE

Photography Exhibition

A paean to the visual history of Karachi. Take a look at the 

cityscape through an architect’s eyes.

Curated by Arsalan Bilgrami

 

ORAL HISTORY PROJECT: EXPLORING PAKISTAN’S EARLY HISTORY

An Exhibition of Short Films from CAP’s Oral History Archive

By Sanam Maher

 

 

CHAI, CRICKET AUR HUM

Film Exhibition

The inextricable link between our culture, cricket and tea as 

seen through a series of advertisements

By Amber Rauf from Lowe and Rauf

 

CAP’S IMAGINATION STATIONS FOR CHILDREN

Historical Videos, Photography and Film Exhibition, Interactive Art Activities, 3-D Photographs

Curated by Sanam Maher, Shahana Rajani, Naveed Ahmed and Khayal Khana

 

MAUJ COLLECTIVE

Interactive Art Activities, Web-Streaming, Live Screens, Digital Games, Short Films

By Mauj Collective Projects

 

KHAYAL KHANA COLLECTIVE

Interactive Art Activities for children and adults that reflect around issues of identity

By Khayal Khana Collective

 

 

EVENING EVENTS

 

Monday, 9 November 2009

 

9:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M. | Chalti Ka Naam Gaari: An Exhibition of Vintage Cars

Curated by The Citizens Archive of Pakistan and The Vintage and Classic Car Club of Pakistan

 

6:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. | Meri Kahani, Meri Zabani

The Citizens Archive of Pakistan and Durriya Kazi

Story-telling: Pakistan’s Partition-Generation tell their stories of how they laid the foundation for the new nation of Pakistan during the 1940s and 1950s. This evening Ms. Anita Ghulam Ali will discuss her career in education, recollections of Karachi and some memorable personalities she has encountered.

Guests: Anita Ghulam Ali

 

8:00 P.M. | Rang Badal Lo Bhai

Brought to you by The Citizens Archive of Pakistan and Tehrik-e-Niswan

Theater: A satirical play with live music about corruption, hypocrisy and religious obscurantism. Tehrik-e-Niswan explore the present state of Pakistan.

(Please note: This performance has limited seating. Please pick up free passes from the venue on Monday, 9 November, 2009)

 

9:30 P.M. | Chandni Raatein: Film Screening of Sassi (1953) featuring Madam Noor Jehan

Brought to you by The Citizens Archive of Pakistan and Eveready Film

Film Screening

 

 

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

 

6:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. | Meri Kahani, Meri Zabani

The Citizens Archive of Pakistan and Durriya Kazi

Story-telling: Pakistan’s Partition-Generation tell their stories of how they laid the foundation for the new nation of Pakistan during the 1940s and 1950s. This evening, we delve into Pakistan’s legal history, life in the police force and memories of Quaid-e-Azam.

Guests: Mirza Jamil, Sameen Khan and Sami Khan

 

8:00 P.M. | Chand Sitaray Tallay

Hosted by Faryal Gauhar

Curated by Still Waters Publishing

Literary Evening followed by Musical Performance: The Citizens Archive of Pakistan and Still Waters Publishing explore Pakistan’s rich literary landscape, as six renowned writers including Fahmida  Riaz, Haseena Moin, Ilona Yusuf , Mohammad Hanif  and Musharraf Ali Farooqi read their favorites from Pakistani literature in Urdu and English. The evening concludes with a musical performance by Laal.

(Please note: This performance has limited seating. Please pick up free passes from the venue on Tuesday, 10 November, 2009)

 

9:30 P.M.  | Chandni Raatein: Film Screening of Koel (1959), a musical blockbuster featuring Madam Noor Jehan

Brought to you by The Citizens Archive of Pakistan and Eveready Film

Film Screening

 

 

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

 

6:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. | Meri Kahani, Meri Zabani

The Citizens Archive of Pakistan and Durriya Kazi

Story-telling: Pakistan’s Partition-Generation tell their stories of how they laid the foundation for the new nation of Pakistan during the 1940s and 1950s. This evening we revisit Dhaka and discuss the field of journalism.

Guests: I.H. Burney and Dr. S.M. Rab

 

8:00 P.M. | From Raag to Roll

Brought to you by The Citizens Archive of Pakistan

Musical Performance: An evening of musical fusion with Pakistani musicians, including Taal Karisma and Aunty Disco Project

(Please note: This performance has limited seating. Please pick up free passes from the venue on Wednesday, 11 November, 2009)

 

9:30 P.M. | Chandni Raatein: Film Screening of Armaan (1963) featuring Waheed Murad

Brought to you by The Citizens Archive of Pakistan and Eveready Film

Film Screening

 

 

The Citizens Archive of Pakistan is a not-for-profit educational institution and heritage centre established in February 2007 with the aim of allowing Pakistanis to explore their heritage and history. We are a voluntary society dedicated to commemorating the collective and individual experience of our rich history across all segments and communities of Pakistan. Our vision is to develop CAP as the foremost library and museum of Pakistani history, art, photography, culture, literature and historical documentation demonstrating the strength and spirit of Pakistan from the citizen’s perspective.

 

Phone | 0332-3392004

0332-2541272

Email | citizensarchive@gmail.com

Website | www.citizensarchive.org

Blog | http://thecitizensarchiveofpakistan.blogspot.com/

Friday, October 16, 2009

A day in the life of a CAP Intern

What ARE the CAP Interns doing? Watch this space - you'll find out very soon!




Monday, October 5, 2009

Welcome back to Shanaakht



Shanaakht is back - and consequently, so is the madness we have all grown to love in the CAP office. I wanted to introduce you to our Shanaakht team - there are some old faces and some fantastic new people: 

Sharmeen - Ringleader and chocolate-cake provider. 
Sumera - Organiser and architect
Adil - Super-animator and boy-wonder
Junaid - The reason those Oral History Project clips look so good
Naveed - Technological genius and 3D wizard
Shahana - Wait til you see her gorgeous photography exhibition
Tanya - Media mogul-in-waiting
Nisha -  The reason our Oral History archive grows everyday. Vintage film poster-addict
Fatima - Scanning Queen
Rameesha - Her Urdu is impeccable and she gives directions like a pro
Alia - Avery recent addition to the CAP team, Alia will never say no to any job
Marvi - Marketing genius
Tarab - Possibly one of the nicest people you will ever meet and an audio junkie
Javeria - Her Urdu is improving by the day as she transcribes Oral History Project interviews and she's up for any work
Fazeelat - eye-candy, T-shirt designer-at-large and documentary film-maker
Asad - war journalist and resident-photographer
                             





What can you expect from us at this festival? Film screenings, photography and art exhibitions, theater, events for your kids (including some very cool cartoons), Oral History Project film clips (ever heard the stories of the first P.I.A flights or the first time people saw the Pakistan flag in 1947?), music (just wait til you hear about our concert), Meri Kahani Meri Zabani and so much more. Love cars? Wait til you see what we have lined up. We're introducing you to the female pioneers of Pakistan and the first men to take flight in Pakistan. 



The best part about the festival? Its entirely free. We want students and the general public to come check out our work and celebrate Pakistan. 

Watch this space for the Shanaakht festival line-up - we can't wait to welcome you to the festival! It runs from 9-11 November in Karachi. If you'd like to volunteer, please email us at volunteershanaakht@gmail.com 

Keep an eye out for the Shanaakht poster - it'll be making an appearance all around Karachi soon, from Zamzama to Buffer Zone, Defence to Nazimabad...


I'm going to keep posting sneak-peeks of the festival on the blog - stay tuned!

Sanam Maher
Oral History Project Coordinator

Friday, September 25, 2009

CAP-Nitro Sports Volleyball Tournament

On the 4th and 5th of September, 2009, CAP collaborated with Nitro Sports to hold a 2-day Volleyball Tournament at the International School. 14 teams battled it out and we'd like to give a big thank-you to all the team members who played so well. A big congratulations to Cosmo - the winning team! Runner-up: Inbox
















The CAP team


Cricket bats signed by Javed Miandad



Thank you to our fantastic sponsors who also contributed to the raffle prizes and the auction: 

Lindt Chocolates
Laals Chocolates
Shaheen Airways
Ulker Cakes
Aghas Supermarkets
Etihad Airways
J.S. Bank
Aqua-Vida Water
Red Bull

We'd also like to thank Mr. Javed Miandad and Mr. Shoaib Akhtar (who made a surprise appearance at the tournament!). We are very grateful to Taymur Mirza for donating the venue and Roger Bayat Dawood for officiating the tournament. 

Monday, September 7, 2009

School Outreach Tour - Government Girls and Boys Secondary School, Bulandi


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School Outreach Tour - Government Girls and Boys Secondary School, Bulandi

Thursday, September 3, 2009

School Outreach Tour - Government Girls Secondary School P&T Colony

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Koel Gallery: Four Faces of Karachi

Some more photographs from our exhibition at the Koel Gallery - Four Faces of Karachi. 

Mrs. Luthfullah and guests



Postcards printed by CAP


More souvenirs! The sale of all these items 
(mugs, T-shirts and postcards) goes towards funding CAP's work


Tabinda, Nisha and Tarab at our CAP table



Mr. Luthfullah - the photographer and legendary archivist





Mr. Luthfullah's daughter - the little girl in the photograph

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

School Outreach Tour: Azeemi Public School

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The Citizens Archive of Pakistan's School Outreach Tour travelled to Surjani Town in Karachi where its imagination stations were set up at Azeemi Public School. Over two hundred children attended the interactive workshops.

Monday, August 24, 2009

FOUR FACES OF KARACHI



CELEBRATING PAKISTAN: The Citizens Archive of Pakistan in collaboration with Koel Gallery held an exhibition of Lutfullah Khan's vintage photographs of Karachi in the 1950's- CAP also showcased its Oral History Project Clips.








The four day Exhibit attracted hundreds of people especially students.



Watching Oral History Clips from CAP's visual library







CAP Volunteers selling memorabilia at the event