December 8, 2018

Sooper Brings Junoon Live in Concert on the 25th of December!



After the successful reunion of Pakistan's most legendary band, Junoon, Peek Freans Sooper is now bringing the Sufi maestros live on 25th December 2018. The announcement was made with nearly 500 musicians coming together to pay tribute to Junoon and help revive the spirit of Pakistan through their music. The concert is expected to be the biggest performance in Pakistan’s history.

Even though news of Junoon’s reunion was met with massive fanfare, many people still wanted to see Junoon perform live. Sooper has made that possible in perhaps the grandest way possible. By bringing the country's most loved sufi rock band back to the limelight, the brand is giving their fans to witness history in the making.

The venue for what is expected to be the event of the year is the Airmen Golf Club. Tickets to the concert have already been made available at www.yayvo.com/sooperjunoon. Fans will get the chance to benefit from an early bird discount as tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. Additional information of the concert can be found on the brand's website: www.sooperjunoon.com.pk.

The Danish Embassy Invites International renowned chef for a Cook Off in Pakistan!




The Danish Embassy in Pakistan has invited a Danish chef, Adam Ebsen, to Karachi as part of its public diplomacy activities. As part of a condensed program, Chef Adam Ebsen held a ‘Cook-off’ at Master Class Pakistan on Thursday, 6 December 2018.

While Adam cooked a modern Danish dish at the head table, 30 Pakistani gastronomic experts followed the lead in teams, competing against each other and gaining a hands-on experience in preparing the same dish. The participants enjoyed the workshop tremendously and learned about the principles and methods of modern Danish - New Nordic - cuisine emphasizing local sourcing, respect for local products and tradition, simplicity in preparation and a perfect balancing of fragrances to strive for a perfect combination in taste.
 
The top three teams were then selected by Ebsen, based on taste and presentation, and won prizes from Denmark.

Prior to the workshop, the Danish Ambassador to Pakistan Mr. Rolf Holmboe and Adam Absen delivered a brief talk followed by a quick quiz that determined the participants of the workshop.

Speaking to the media on this occasion, Ambassador Mr. Rolf Holmboe said, “We want to promote modern Danish - New Nordic - gastronomy based on local sourcing, simplicity and perfect balancing of fragrances and how this can work in fusion with Pakistani cuisine. Denmark is re-thinking the whole food system, to fight food poverty and food wastage, and to increase food sustainability and food diversity. This is the basis for a healthy lifestyle. I love cooking myself and I would wish for Pakistani men to also have an active role in the kitchen at home.”

Adam Ebsen added by saying, “I am glad to be a part of this initiative and I hope when people leave today, they leave with the new recipe and most importantly, the school of thought of food preservation and cons of food wastage.”

The event included key Pakistani chefs, restaurant owners, foodies, food bloggers, social media influencers, journalists and the youth. After the workshop, all guests got a chance to taste some Danish finger food prepared by Adam Ebsen.

Leading Stars join TCF Ambassador Program to enable Education for all




TV actor Hareem Farooq and Ahsan Khan visited The Citizen Foundation’s (TCF) Qayumabad campus and signed an agreement to become goodwill ambassadors. Both the celebrities showed their commitment towards TCF’s mission to provide quality education for the less privileged. They will support the ongoing efforts of TCF by creating awareness for the need to create education opportunities for all the children of Pakistan regardless of their caste, creed, religion or ethnicity.

On behalf of TCF, Isfandyar Inayat, GM Outreach signed the agreement and welcomed Hareem and Ahsan on board for joining the TCF’s education movement. Expressing his thoughts, Isfandyar said, “We need to highlight the emergency for the need to educate all children because it is their basic right. I am so grateful to Ahsan and Hareem for becoming a part of the big TCF family and for graciously agreeing to help us in talking about this very important issue. I have no doubt that these efforts will help us in reaching out to many more out of school children.”

Education remains one of the biggest socio-economic issues being faced by Pakistan. Currently, there are more than 22.6 million out of school children. This makes Pakistan the country with second highest number of out of school children in Pakistan. That’s why we are facing an education emergency and all hands need to be on the deck to create the capacity for providing education for these out of school children. Statistics reveal that 1/3rd of out-of-school children do not attend because education is too expensive or the school is too far. The TCF school model was built to solve for these issues.

“Education is the best gift that we can give to any child. I visited a TCF school earlier this week and it was one of the most incredible days of my life. After winding through a couple of narrow lanes of machar colony, we reached the purpose-built TCF school in the heart of the community. I have joined hands with TCF to support their mission to provide quality education for the less privileged,” said Ahsan after signing the agreement.

“Education makes a child’s universe limitless - so just imagine where Pakistan can be if all our children are able to get this basic civil right and shine bright?” said Hareem while sharing her thoughts.

The Economist has called The Citizens Foundation (TCF) ‘perhaps the largest network of independently run schools in the world.’ TCF has nearly 1,500 school units in 700 sites across Pakistan where children were previously out-of-school. TCF has built schools in the heart of rural communities and urban slums so schools are a walking distance away from the children. The

Foundation is the largest private employer of women in Pakistan with an all-female faculty of 12,000 teachers and principals, encouraging parents to send their girls to school. TCF has 220,000 students this year. Nearly half (48%) of TCF students are girls. Eighty-eight percent of TCF alumni have gone to college and 71% are employed.

PANTENE HUM BRIDAL COUTURE WEEK 2018 – DAY 1



The 16th edition of the country’s biggest and most sought-after bridal extravaganza, Pantene HUM Bridal Couture Week (PHBCW) rolled its red carpet here in the Mughal City of Gardens on December 7, 2018. Organized under the banner of Pakistan’s numero uno general entertainment network, HUM Network Limited, the three-day show will present the latest and the best of Pakistani bridal trends by leading and burgeoning fashion designers and retail brands. Over the years, PHBCW has not only been presenting latest bridal collections and trends by the established designers, it has also been encouraging emerging designers to showcase their skills on a mega platform. This year, PHBCW will be debuting four emerging bridal designers on the runway.
Show one of the bridal extravaganza kicked off with a special Pantene Hair Show. Outfits for the segment were designed by Natasha Kamal and styling was done by Mehek Saeed. Highlight of the segment was live performance by Zoe Viccaji. The hair show was followed by a classic showcase by Nilofer Shahid titled Badshah Begum, a tribute to the legendary Mughal Empress Nur Jahan. Designer Aisha Imran was next to present her collection Daastan-e-Ishq on the runway. Her collection was reminiscent of the glory and grandeur of the Mughal era. Inspired by the grandeur of the Mughal era and its opulence, designer Emraan Rajput presented his collection Surkhab, followed by Reema Ahsan’s Dastaan. Show one was concluded by Tabassum Mughal with her artistic collection Romantic Musings. Show two of PHBCW started with the Classic 1.0 presented by Arsalan Iqbal, which was followed by Ansab Jahangir’s Dilara. Faiza Saqlain was next, presenting her collection Shehnai on the runway. Day one of the three-day fashion show concluded with Sahar Atif’s latest bridal collection titled Mah-e-Nau, a poetic ballad of majestic textiles, embroideries and motifs.
Day one of the three-day bridal extravaganza had an amazing line-up of celebrities to showstop for the designers; the stunning Mawra Hocane and QYT showstopped for Nilofer Shahid whereas the gorgeous Mansha Pasha and Sumbul Iqbal added allure to Aisha Imran’s collection. Bilal Abbas Khan walked for Emran Rajput and the stunning Hareem Farooq showstopped for Reema Ahsan. The Aangan stars Sonya Hussyn and Ahsan Khan along with Gohar Rasheed and Kubra Khan added grandeur to Tabassum Mughal’s collection whereas Shahzad Nawaz and Omar Shahzad walked the ramp for Arsalan Iqbal. The dynamic mother-daughter duo Bushra Ansari and Meera Ansari showstopped for Ansab Jahangir, and last but not least, the stunning Aizza Khan added allure to Faiza Saqlain’s collection. The audiences were also treated with a surprise visit by professionnal international wrestlers including Tiny Iron from the UK, Yacine Osmani from Algeria, Bernard Vandame from Belgium, Mila Smidt from France, KC Spinelli from Canada, Pakistan’s only professional wrestler and current ROP World Champion Baadshah Pehalwan Khan, Red Scorpion from Italy, Adam Benseba from Algeria along with the organizer of the championship Mr Imran Shah. All these wrestlers will be participating in the “Ring of Pakistan” wrestling championship scheduled for December 9, 2018 in Lahore.
Show director for PHBCW 2018 is Vaneeza Ahmed Ali. Hamna Amir is the official jewellery partner while Hair and Makeup is done by the iconic Nabila. All public relations operations and media liaison are carried out by the in-house PR team of HUM Network Limited, along with show production and execution by the special projects and events team at HUM Network Limited.


Sultana Siddiqui – President HUM Network Limited
Wonderful things are happening in Pakistan which need to be highlighted here and abroad to let the world know that we do not lag behind in anything, specially our culture and arts. Our fashion industry with its exquisite stitch work and rich designs should be introduced globally. It has always been HUM Network’s core objective to highlight the positive attributes of this great country. With the participation of the fashion pioneers and so much immense young talent, platforms like BCW are the future.

SPONSORS’ ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
The 16th edition of the country’s biggest bridal extravaganza is powered by Pantene. The show is refreshed by AquaFina and savoury partner is Lays. City FM 89 is the official radio partner whereas food partner is Broadway Pizza.

DESIGNERS’ INSPIRATIONS
Nilofer Shahid:Nilofer Shahid pays a rich and glowing tribute to the legendary Mughal Empress Nur Jahan in her latest bridal collection Badshah Begum 2018. The collection is as powerful as the great Nur Jahan herself and pays tribute to her sense of style and aesthetics. Inspired by the trends she set in fashion and jewellery and her admiration for arts and literature, especially the Kashmiri art, can be vividly seen in the collection.
Though Nur Jahan be in form a woman,
In the ranks of men she's a tiger-slayer"
Aisha Imran: Aisha Imran’s PHBCW collection, Daastan-e-Ishq reminisces the glory and grandeur of the Mughal era. Dainty details, soft feminine colours and the perfect blend of traditional craft and modern sensibility are the hallmarks of the collection. Mesmeric colour palette with enchanting hand-worked details and a seamless display of thread and needle work make the collection a visual delight. The collection utilizes the best of materials and fabrics, ranging from pure silks to jamawar and tissue, carefully worked with stone, dabka and nakshikaam. Aisha Imran’s latest bridal collection visualizes the opulence and grandeur of the Mughul era. Captured by masterful techniques, flaunting sketched embroidery, modern silhouettes and neutralized by sublime cuts – ‘Dastaan e Ishq’ by Aisha Imran is couture at its finest; radiant and ensnaring!
Emraan Rajput: Inspired by the grandeur of the Mughal era and its opulence as well as refined taste in men’s clothing, Surkhabmuch like the bird with the golden plume, represents that same era with its rich palette of gold, green, cream and rust. With luxurious embroidery and a style that is rooted in the culture of our embellishments, this collection brings a touch of royalty with a style that may harken back to golden times but is interwoven into today’s modern tapestry.
Reema Ahsan:Dastaan is a collection of everlasting pieces that can be passed onto generations. It symbolizes the independence of today's bride while still remaining true to her traditions. With intricately embroidered patterns on rich fabrics and detailed beading, this collection of beautiful fusion embodies the modern-day bride.  
Tabassum Mughal: Innovative fashion designer and bridal couturier, Tabassum Mughal’s artistic showcase Romantic Musings for the 16th Edition of Pantene Hum Bridal Couture Week is Mughal’s fifth bridal collection presented on this prestigious platform. ‘Romantic Musings’ is bifurcated into two distinct lines; offering a contemporary capsule for the modern bride and an indubitably classic rendering for the more traditional newlywed; presenting young brides myriad options for their big day. Buoyed by fine craftsmanship, the collection plays with nuanced contrasts, a bohemian spirit and a deep-rooted Victoriana vibe, while tapping into the innate individuality of every bride who believes in fairytale weddings. The exquisitely intricate and richly enchanting collections are pure visions of dream-like opulence and grandeur. The collection uses a medley of rich sumptuous fabrics including net, cotton net and pure atlas jamawaar juxtaposed with airy lace and end-noted with voluminous tulle. These are transposed onto one-piece gowns, wedding robes with overskirts, voluminously- hemmed dresses and peplum tops paired with lehngas for the contemporary capsule and farshighagra cholis and lehnga cholis end-noted with lengthy dupattas for the traditional bride. Playing with a variation of subtle and rich hues ‘Romantic Musings’ opts for contrasting soft, dainty pink, peach, ivory, dove grey and powder blue for the contemporary line, embellished with a mix of opulent, handcrafted vintage floral motifs rendering a regal aura.  Conversely, the traditional capsule is imbued with rich hues including deep maroon, blood red, royal blue, emerald green and burnt sienna, embroidered with inspirational motifs from the royal courts of the Mughal epoch and choice vintage ornamentation.
Arsalan Iqbal: Arsalan Iqbal’s PHBCW men’s bridal collection is a first of its 3-part series titled Classics 1.0. The collection is an amalgamation of the brand's strength and recent forays into the creation of innovative textiles combined with time honoured embroidery techniques. The designer prides himself in using the best of yarns and hand-weaving techniques. Designs are curated into timeless capsule of sherwanis, jackets and kurtas, embroidered to pinpoint perfection and cut to precision. The collection is structured to epitomize masculinity and grace. Fabrics used are soft silks, rich brocades, plush velvets, opulent jamavars and finest of gabardines. The palette runs from the deepest of blues reminiscent of the ocean and a bevy to bright greens and reds. Embroidered with sandstone, gold and burnt ochre providing a harmonious accompaniment to amber, maroon and spring leaf green. All embellishments have been painstakingly hand done in the most delicate form of zardozi, padded for a bas-relief effect.
Ansab Jahangir: The collection Dilara refers to a woman who delights the heart. She evokes emotions that reach deep within one’s soul. The colour palette of this collection is divided into two vast spectrums. The bright vibrant hues such as crimson, tangerine and chartreuse green. The festive feels of the wedding season are complimented with embroideries of elephants and shehnai that show our rich heritage and cultural values. The pastels in the colour palette showcase the softer side of love.
Faiza Saqlain: Faiza Saqlain’sShehnai aims to celebrate the radiance and glory of women in wedding celebrations. It is an amalgamation of grace, exuberance and tradition. The feeling of elegance and extravagance is enhanced by the use of lustrous silk and shimmery tissue fabrics which are heavily encrusted with pearls, sequins and stones. These delicately crafted numbers are filled with artfully arranged metallic threads in alluring compositions with silhouettes which do not depart from the collection's true essence of splendour and heritage.
SAHAR ATIF: Sahar Atif’sMah-e-Nau collection is a ballad of majestic textiles, embroideries and motifs, paying homage to a lifelong tradition of the subcontinent. ’Mah-e Nau’ captures within her flawless fairy tale femininity, tantalizing romance and a sweet disposition. Sahar Atif signs off each silhouette in her bespoke couture, signature style. Immerse yourself in ‘Mah-e- Nau’ as each ensemble narrates a love story from a land far far away.

Nehr Ghar Films unveils the official teaser trailer of Ahmed Ali Akbar and Mansha Pasha starrer Laal Kabootar!



Nehr Ghar Films proudly reveals the official teaser trailer for Ahmed Ali Akbar and Mansha Pasha starrer Laal Kabootar. All set to release in 2019, a sneak peak of the teaser was screened at FiLUMS earlier in November in true Comic-Con style, and the festival goers gave a resounding response to the exclusive screening.

The one-minute teaser will leave movie watchers in anticipation of what’s to come next. With its action-packed sequences and blinding pace, the first look of the upcoming movie takes you into the unpredictable world of Laal Kabootar, leaving you wanting more.

With a brilliant performance, the alluring Mansha Pasha, plays the female lead of Laal Kabootar, Aliya Malik. Strong-headed to the point of being stubborn, when Aliya’s world turns upside down, she chooses to put up a fight even though her life is on the line. The male lead, Adeel Nawaz, is played by the charismatic Ahmed Ali Akbar – a hustling taxi-driver, looking for a way out of Karachi. But with his back against the wall, Adeel has some hard choices to make.

Directed by the award-winning Kamal Khan, and produced by the Harvard graduates Hania and Kamil Chima, Laal Kabootar is an edge of your seat “crime thriller” set to captivate audiences in 2019!

3 Bahadur: Rise of the Warriors all set to release on 14th December 2018 across the country!



Waadi Animations is all set to release the finale of Pakistan’s first animated full-length super hero film franchise, 3 Bahadur: Rise of the Warriors! With high quality animation and detailing, crowd simulation, top of the line VFX tools, approximately over 5000 hours of animated production by over 30 animators, this is indeed the biggest animated production by Waadi Productions.

With Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy at the helm as the Creative Director, the 3 Bahadur Trilogy has set new industry standards for animated fiction and content geared towards children in the country and its third installment, 3 Bahadur: Rise of the Warriors aims to empower and motivate today’s youth through dynamic 3D animation and an engaging story telling format. An epic story of friendship, teamwork and courage, 3 Bahadur: Rise of the Warriors chronicles the journey of three unlikely superheroes Amna, Saadi and Kamil who have indeed become household names in Pakistan. Indeed, the animated film aims to inspire the next generation to realize that they too hold the power to change the future of Pakistan.

For the finale, Waadi Animations introduces two new super heroes: Mehwish Hayat as Erma and Nimra Bucha as Babushka. Voice-actors Zuhab Khan returns as Saadi and Arisha Razi as Amna with Bashar Amir Shafi joining the cast as Kamil. 3 Bahadur: Rise of the Warriors also features a star-studded cast of Behroze Sabsvari as Deenu Chacha, Fahad Mustafa as Amna’s father, Sarwat Gillani as Saadi’s mother, Khalid Malik as Kamil’s Father, Faheem Khan as Gunchu and Mustafa Changezi as Tony to bring life to the larger than life animated characters.

Waadi Animations also launched a brand new campaign, ‘Apka Bahadur Kaun hai’, nationwide to encourage Pakistanis to highlight all of the Bahadurs they see around them in their family, communities and schools.

Speaking about the campaign, Academy Award Winning Film Director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy said, “The concept behind 3 Bahadur trilogy was bigger than just being a film, it was about creating a movement to recognize and elevate Pakistan’s youth that is committed to creating a better tomorrow. Through this campaign which will run on radio, television, social media, the team behind 3 Bahadur will be starting a nationwide dialogue about how each child has a special super power and how they just by being truthful, compassionate speaking out against bullying - they can change things around them. As we turn a new chapter in this country’s history, I want to reignite passion and belief in children that they all are Pakistani super heroes. We hope the 'Ap ka Bahadur kaun hai' Campaign will excite children and their parents. Look forward to hearing Bahadur stories from all over Pakistan.”

Synopsis: The film is produced entirely in Pakistan. Based in a fictional town in Pakistan, Roshan Basti (Town of Light). The plot revolves around now fourteen year olds Amna, Saadi and Kamil, who are happy that they have gotten rid of all the evil from their town – unaware that there is new visitor in town who brings massive amount of trouble with her. A warrior queen, Erma, arrives in town, escaping from another world, disguised as a circus performer she turns to the 3 Bahadur for help to defeat her nemesis Babushka. Deenu Chacha and the 3 Bahadur find themselves divided on whom to side with. Roshan Basti experiences a devastating drought which could spread all over the world – now it’s up to the Teen Bahadur to save the world.

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December 4, 2018

Cinepax Join hand with SOS village



Cinepax Limited, Pakistan’s leading family entertainment company is proud to join hands with SOS Children's Villages Pakistan. The CEO of Cinepax, Ms. Maryam El Bacha and the National Director of SOS Children's Villages Pakistan, Ms. Saba Faisal signed a memorandum of understanding.
The MOU will help to promote the work of SOS for the abandoned children. Ms. Saba Faisal welcomed this collaboration and observed that this relationship would help augment the social outreach and strengthen their donor base and supporters.
Cinepax is honoured to support the cause which fuels SOS effort. Every donation made or every minute spared will help in making a difference in the lives of millions of children from the marginalised communities across Pakistan. With the challenges nationally and internationally, there is no way at all that one sector alone can do it. When you get it together, you get incredible results.

November 29, 2018

ISL Artists in Residence Program to be recognized at the European Parliament!


The Corporate Art Awards 2018 are scheduled to be held on the 29th of November in Brussels at the European Parliament. International Steels Limited “ISL”, a winner of the 2017 Awards, is one of only 6 of previous year’s honorees who have been invited to be recognized on the European Union platform for their contribution towards promoting art in the corporate world.
The award ceremony will be held at the European Parliament where companies and organizations from 20 countries will present their art initiatives. The president of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani is expected to open the conference. During the ceremony the awards for the 2018 winners will be announced with the aim to recognize the selected outstanding initiatives of 2017, in which ISL has been nominated.  
Professor Luca Desiata of Luiss Business School commented, “ISL is one of the few companies from the 2017 awards that have been invited to the European Parliament to be recognized for their efforts towards inspiring art in the corporate world. ISL’s Artists in Residence Program is a fine example of how a large scale manufacturing industry can play a greater role in promoting art by virtue of their scale and capabilities and create a meaningful impact in the world of art”.
Samir Chinoy, Executive Director, ISL said, “This is a great honor for Pakistan and ISL, that a company from Pakistan is getting recognized globally. ISL is proud to be the only large scale steel manufacturer whose initiative is represented on a global art platform such as the pptArt Award. We are thankful for this recognition and we hope to continue supporting art and emerging artists of Pakistan, as enablers and facilitators”.
In 2017, ISL became the first and only Asian company to be selected for the award, alongside 80 leading global companies and 20 institutions from 18 different nations such as The Absolut company (Sweden), Fiat (Italy), Canada Steamship Lines, Davidoff and Mobiliar from Switzerland, Lufthansa (Germany), HBC from USA (owners of Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord and Taylor, Galeria Kaufhof, Gilt online portal) and Montefiore Medical Center (USA) among others.
The pptArt Awards aim to enforce visibility, recognition and reputation for the best practices in the collaboration between the corporate world and the Art world globally.
The International Steels Limited’s (ISL) pioneering “ISL Artists in Residence” Program was a unique platform that brought together some of Pakistani’s most talented emerging artists. Held in collaboration with Canvas Gallery, a leading art authority of Pakistan, the Residency was a manifestation of ISL’s commitment to incubate and facilitate the culture of art and nurture individual artists by providing an enabling environment

November 26, 2018

HSY and Harris Tweed tie hands, presenting the brand’s new couture collection titled ‘Shah’ at the iconic Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum Glasgow!



For the very first time, two internationally acclaimed fashion houses, the King of Couture HSY and Scottish brand Harris Tweed have collaborated, presenting the brand's new couture collection ‘Shah’ via a solo show on the 30th of November at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Scotland.
Extremely exultant to announce this collaboration with the prestigious Harris Tweed, a first for any Pakistani fashion brand. Thank you UK Medical Aid to Pakistan for this initiative and we hope raise both awareness funds for the deserving through this campaign” said Hassan Sheheryar Yasin.
The show is part of HSY’s membership of the UK association of Medical Aid to Pakistan helping to fundraise for the charity at an exclusive gala dinner. All funds raised will be going to the Medical Aid Pakistan. In addition to supporting the Linda Norgrove Foundation in Afghanistan, UK Medical Aid to Pakistan will be raising funds for three main projects; The provision of clean drinking water; Student Bursaries for Medical qualifications; And treatment for the prevention of Hepatitis B and C.

Harris Tweed Hebrides welcomes the opportunity to work with the internationally acclaimed design Hassan Sheheryar Yasin on a truly unique collection of gowns which will marry the best of Scottish textiles and Pakistani design. We look forward to a great event at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and are proud that our cloth will have a substantial impact in raising funds for the UK Association of Medical Aid to Pakistan as well as the admirable works carried out by The Linda Norgrove Foundation in Afghanistan.” said Mark Hogarth, Creative Director or Harris Tweed Hebrides.
Being hosted for the first time outside London, the annual fundraiser has come to Scotland following support from HSY, Harris Tweed Hebrides, Kelvingrove Art Gallery & local Scottish Pakistani community donors.

November 25, 2018

The Citizens Foundation’s ‘Obhartay Sitaray’ Croone the Pakistani Melodies of Yester Years



The Grand Finale of Obhartay Sitaray 2018, was a treat to the ears with the young, soulful voices echoing through the hall. In the new season of Obhartay Sitaray, more than 75,000 household from 138 school campuses in Karachi participated in the fundraising efforts while over 862 students (206 teams) competed in the school level singing rounds. For the Team’s Final, 134 singers and the Voices Final 150 singers from Primary, Secondary, Senior, & College levels participated in the competition.

Obhartay Sitaray is an annual inter-school singing competition that provides students a platform to prove their singing talent and also raise funds for education of the less-privileged children of TCF. The notable as well as veteran musicians that graced the event on the judges panel included Tina Sani, Afshan Ahmed, Salman Alvi, Shahid Hamid, Z H Fahim, Sultan Arshad Khan and Zoe Viccaji.

Speaking on the occasion, CEO of TCF, Syed Asaad Ayub Ahmad said, “TCF remains committed to the cause of education and believes in enabling a holistic learning for the less privileged children. Obhartay Sitaray provides a fantastic ground for the aspiring young singers. It is heartening to see TCF students and the students of the leading private schools of Karachi share the same stage; this is a true reflection of TCF’s mission of removing the barriers of class and privilege. We are humbled to have more schools as part of Obhartay Sitaray each year, this ever growing TCF family marks the victory of education over illiteracy and deprivation.”

‘Obhartay Sitaray’ which was initiated in 2012, has now become a signature event of TCF in the course of five years. It is managed by a ladies volunteer group called Supporters of The Citizens Foundation (STCF). The group actively puts in time, effort, expertise and resources to arrange a vast array of fundraising events to support the cause of an educated and enlightened Pakistan.

“We are grateful to all the schools that participated in Obhartay Sitaray competition this time around. The number of participating schools and students continues to grow in every competition and is a testament to the continuous success of the event. A big thank you to all the students for tirelessly raising funds for the TCF children just like them and giving them a chance to get education as well. Obhartay Sitaray has earned the spotlight by becoming a hotbed for future young musicians – some students from last year even got selected for the Coke Studio,” said Mrs. Biba Baseer, Project Lead.

The Citizens Foundation (TCF) is a professionally managed, non-profit organization set up in 1995 by a group of citizens who wanted to bring about positive social change through education. 23 years later, TCF is now one of Pakistan’s leading organizations in the field of education for the less privileged. The TCF model focuses on providing quality education through 1,482 purpose-built school units located in the heart of Pakistan’s urban slums and rural communities, educating more than 220,000 children. The organization ensures that girls represent nearly 50% of overall student enrollment. 

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 About TCF
The Citizens Foundation (TCF) is a strong advocate of the belief that a truly informed and educated society forms the foundation of a progressive state and instills in its citizens the ability to adapt and evolve with changing times. It is a non-profit organization set up in 1995 by a group of citizens who wanted to bring about positive social change through education. 23 years later, TCF is now one of Pakistan’s leading organizations in the field of education for the less privileged. The TCF model focuses on providing quality education through purpose-built schools located in the heart of Pakistan’s urban slums and rural communities.  The organization ensures that girls represent nearly 50% of overall student enrolment. To magnify its impact, improve enrolment and quality of education, TCF is also adopting Government schools across Pakistan. www.tcf.org.pk

Jimmy Khan announces the launch of first Live Folk Album ‘Tich Button’



After featuring in one of Coke Studio Season 11’s biggest hits, Baalkada, Jimmy Khan, the renowned self-made Pakistani singer and song-writer, proudly announces the launch of his First Live Folk Album titled ‘TICH BUTTON’ with the release of its album video teaser.

With TICH BUTTON, Khan aims to revive and preserve Punjabi folk poetry and songs infused with the signature Jimmy Khan Band sound. The album includes the band’s renditions of traditional, contemporary and original folk tunes that have been a part of their most recent live set. The entire album recording of these tracks has been done in three parts: the songs were arranged and tracked by the band at Saad Hayat’s Studio in Karachi and mixed by Zain Ahsan in Lahore. All the performance videos were shot in Rangoonwala auditorium directed by Ahsan Ali along with director of photography Ahsen Ali.

TICH BUTTON, a compilation of 5 songs, includes the traditional tunes such as Nikka Mota Bajra last performed and recorded by Musarrat Nazir; Chan Kithan and Pyar Naal Na Sahi by Attaullah Esakhelvi. Sajjad Ali’s KirKir and an original track titled Tich Buttna Di Jori.

The Jimmy Khan Band is now a seven member lineup. TICH BUTTON features Aziz Kazi on drums; Shane Kerr on bass; Joshua Amjad on dholak; Joshua Keyth Benjamin on harmonium; Shahab Hussain on ukulele, chung and vocals; Zain Ahsan on guitar and ukulele and Jimmy Khan on rhythm guitar and vocals.

The album video teaser can be viewed at: http://bit.ly/TichButtonTeaser

Pakistan first discovered Jimmy Khan with the 2011 classic pop single, ‘Pehla Pyar’ – his first attempt at penning Urdu lyrics and a track that rightfully launched his solo career. As a singer/songwriter, Jimmy has an innate ability to connect and capture the highs and lows of his listeners quiet effortlessly. As his body of work expands with producing scores for films such as, ‘Ho Mann Jahaan’ (2015) and tracks featured in ‘Dobara Phir Se’ (2016) – his single, ‘Madam’ (2017) a collaboration with the transgender community, gathered critical acclaim even internationally and ‘Dilri Lutti’, a collaboration with sitar maestro Rakae Jamil and director Umar Riaz, shedding light on inspirational women who survived and conquered their lives despite challenging circumstances that many women have to face in this country

The first song from the album will be released on 1st December 2018.


November 22, 2018

Strings Release the 6th Track from Their On-Going Album Titled “30” “Chal Para”



Celebrating 30 years in the music industry, Pakistan’s favorite and most iconic band for 3 decades, STRINGS announce the release of the sixth track, ‘Chal Para’ from their on-going album titled ‘30’. This album has been a huge milestone for Strings as it has bestowed them to another pedestal of success in the music industry.

Written by Anwar Maqsood, 'Chal Para' is an anthem that offers everyone a simple mantra to just follow your heart and your way will find you. It highlights the adventure called life. Shot with a dream-like aesthetic, by the director Mohsin Kamal, the video reiterates the same point and highlights a lighter -never seen before- side of the band. ‘Chal Para’ combines soft yet powerful vocals with a vintage rawness.

Earlier this 2018, STRINGS announced the music album “30” in celebration of their three decades of definitive music with the release of the first song, ‘Sajni’ which was followed by ‘Urr Jaoon’, ‘Piya Re’ and ‘Milgaya’ and ‘Hum Dono’ to much acclaim. The album “30” is from the soul that celebrates the rich musical years of Strings. With three decades of pop rock experience Strings possesses the talent to create beautifully enigmatic energy through their music.

Strings are acclaimed for their rhythms and melodies, poetic songs written by Anwar Maqsood and Bilal Maqsood who also composes, plays guitar and occasionally sings. He has been writing lyrics for the band since its re-formation, with Kapadia the lead vocalist. The band has sold over 25 million albums worldwide.

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About Strings:
Strings is an internationally acclaimed Pakistani pop rock band composed of two members, plus four live band members from Karachi, Pakistan. The band was initially formed by four college students—Bilal Maqsood (vocals and guitars), Faisal Kapadia (vocals), Rafiq Wazir Ali (synthesizer) and Kareem Bashir Bhoy (bass guitar)—in 1988. In 1992 the quartet disbanded, only to make a comeback with Maqsood and Kapadia in 2000. While the initial band rode the new wave of Pakistani pop music, the later lineup ushered a revival in the Pakistani music industry.

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