October 15, 2019

Beggar Turned Entrepreneur honoured at LADIESFUND Awards



Dawood Global Foundation held the 11th Anniversary of the LADIESFUND® Women’s Awards for Pakistan 2019 at Sindh Governor House where over four hundred of the most dynamic and inspiring women in Pakistan gathered to celebrate the strength and empowerment of women, as well as acknowledge the great economic contribution of Pakistani women who are not only job creators but all finalists in Trailblazer and Momentum categories. The First Lady of Pakistan Samina Alvi sent a special message for the occasion.  The Governor of Sindh, Imran Ismail Sahib, was the Chief Guest for the event and State Bank Governor Dr. Reza Baqir was Guest of Honour. 
LADIESFUND Lifetime Achievement Award winners, Ava Cowasjee & Dr. Sania Nishtar graced the occasion. Cowasjee is well known in the shipping industry and for her philanthropy, while Dr. Nishtar is Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on poverty alleviation and flew in from Islamabad for the event. ­­National Anthem was sung by pop single Jana Nazabeth and a special classical dance performance was by Anjaleen Maryam Agrawalla.  Pomme Gohar compered.
Governor Sindh Presented LADIESFUND® Idol Award to winner Sameena Kumari Pirbho from Tharparkar.  Other winners included People’s Choice winners organic beautypreneur Myra Qureshi (Trailblazer), event planner Anisa Rashid Kha (Momentum) and child abuse prevention activist Frieha Altaf (Women of the Year), all of whom are great contributors to the economy. This year’s judges who finalized theslate of nominees included past LADIESFUND winners Yasmeen Lari (2016), Ameena Saiyid (2012), Simi Kamal (2016) & Noorjehan Bilgrami (2015).  Voting was viral via online, radio and television reaching over 100 million homes.
Other pre-announced awards included Pakistani Hoor (Pioneer) – a beggar turned entrepreneur who is training other female beggars in her hometown of Makli to become entrepreneurs, Uzma Noorani (Angel) and craftpreneur Bushra Imran (Entrepreneur in the Spotlight).
Dr. Abida Sattar gave a short presentation on breast cancer awareness.
There was an introduction of Educate a girl by deserving scholars with special thanks on stage to French Consul General Didier Talpain and Fundraising Chair Nazneen Tariq Khan.
An International Fellowship was awarded to Tooba Rashid to travel to Germany for World Business Dialogue and presented on stage by German Consul General Eugen Wollsforth. She was joined on stage by past international fellows Rabia Khamani, Sonia Kamnani, Alina Makhani, Rabiya Hafeez, Syeda Humaira Anwaar, Konmal Gopi, Sindhiya Kirshan & Naina Rani, as well as British Deputy Head of Mission Mark Rakestraw.
This year’s Bachelors Scholarship to Iqra University were awarded for Maica Mary (Governor House Nurse’s Daughter), with tuition cheque presented on stage to IU representative Asad Hussain.
Spotted at the event were Begum Governor Reema Imran, Senator Khushbakht Shujaat, Senator Nasreen Jalil, Amin Gulgee, Khalid Mirza, Deepak Perwani, Mina Hasan, Ali Rashid, as well as various diplomats, socialites and dynamic women achievers.

“Pakistan Solar Quality Passport: Training of Master Trainers to Ensure Quality of Solar Installations Begins”



Pakistan Solar Quality Passport: Training of Master Trainers begins in Islamabad today.  Dr Rana Abdul Jabbar Khan, CEO AEDB, inaugurated the training. In his address to the participants Dr Jabbar said that “Emerging technologies like solar PV need to be well understood for their performance and applications in a diverse region like Pakistan. While we import a lot of equipment, it is critical to have experts that can engage on techo-economical analysis, particlarly to improve future yields and have a more significant impact on the environment. The training initiated today is creating a legacy  for capacity building of industry experts.”

This 5-day training, is being led by Mr Frank Neumann and Mr Frank Robens from Renewables Academy (RENAC), Berlin, Germany with participation from NUST Islamabad, UET Lahore, NED University Karachi and Women in Renewable Energy (WIRE).

The purpose of this Training of Trainers programme is to prepare skilled Master Trainers who can contribute actively to building the capacity of local solar installers to ensure quality of solar installations in Pakistan. Each participating organization has committed to arrange and execute at least three trainings for solar installers per year. These trainings will prepare solar installers to make certain that they are delivering quality installation and after installation services in addition to selecting quality solar PV products for installation. By encouraging installers to ensure right design, good product selection and proper installation, greater customer satisfaction can be achieved along with an improved image of the solar industry in Pakistan.

The Pakistan Solar Quality Passport is a private sector initiative led by the Solar Quality Foundation (SQF) and supported by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and Alternative Energy Development Board, together with partners such as the German Solar Association and Stimulus, to develop a concept that will significantly improve quality in the Pakistani solar market.

The Pakistan Solar Quality Passport (SQP) ensures that the customer is provided with the required documentation after a PV system is installed. The SQP, however, does not replace manufacturer warranties and guarantees. By  focusing on quality, the solar sector wants to improve the long term reliability of PV systems in Pakistan.  It wants to prevent – among other things: low quality and unsafe installations work; misleading claims given to system owners regarding the performance of their Solar PV system and future electricity bills; false advertising regarding the size and suitability of the Solar PV system being installed and; the installation company not taking responsibility for the whole of the Solar PV system including fulfillment of component warranties and general workmanship.

All solar companies and installers who wish to sign up for the Solar Quality Passport scheme, must undergo training provided by one of the certified Master Trainers and institutions participating in this training.

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Solar Quality Passport Pakistan is a PDF-based As-built-report to be issued with the installation of all good-quality Solar PV units. The SQP is based on experiences from Germany and South Africa, where similar concepts have been invented and implemented by the German Solar Association and local partners. This knowledge is now being transferred to Pakistan. Thanks to funding by the German-International Cooperation (GIZ) and supervision by local associations and the Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) the SQP will be implemented by the German Solar Association and Stimulus.

SHARMEEN OBAID-CHINOY LAUNCHES #LETGIRLSDREAM CAMPAIGN IN COLLABORATION WITH GUCCI’S CHIME FOR CHANGE



On the occasion of International Day of the Girl, Two-time Academy and three-time Emmy Award-winning director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy launched a campaign with Gucci’s CHIME FOR CHANGE to #LetGirlsDream in support of Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage and Equality Now’s efforts to bring an end to child marriage. 

Compelled by this critical global issue, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy has partnered with CHIME FOR CHANGE on her new animated short film, SITARA: LET GIRLS DREAM, about Pari, a young girl whose dream of being a pilot is crushed when she is forced into child marriage. It is the story of 12 million girls around the world who are married off as child brides every year denying them the right to education and an opportunity to fulfil their dreams. In Nigeria, 76% of girls are married before the age of 18. In Central African Republic it’s 68%, in Chad it’s 67% and Bangladesh is 59%. For Pakistan; 21% of girls are married before their 18th birthday and 3% are married before the age of 15 and in the US where 23 states have no minimum age for marriage, over 160,000 children under the age of 18 were married between 2000 and 2010.

To accompany the film and in coordination with Equality Now and Girls Not Brides, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and CHIME FOR CHANGE have launched a campaign around the theme “Let Girls Dream”. At LetGirlsDream.org and through the hashtag #LetGirlsDream, visitors are encouraged to share their dreams and to call on the global community to help break down the barriers that keep so many girls and women from pursuing theirs. Italian fashion designer Alessandro Michele, President and CEO of Gucci Marco Bizzarri, singer and actress Lou Doillon, model and actress Elle Fanning, model and activist Bethann Hardison, Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee, CEO of Women Deliver Katja Iversen, actress, model and entrepreneur Neelofa, editor and publisher Elise by Olsen, actress Saoirse Ronan, model and actress Jodie Turner-Smith, musician Alison Wonderland, visual artist John Yuyi, and acid attack survivors from Hothur Foundation, girls and women from mothers2mothers, Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa, Lower East Side Girls Club, and many others, have already shared their dreams on the platform.  

Written and directed by Sharmeen, SITARA: LET GIRLS DREAM takes the audience on a journey through the old city of Lahore where a fourteen-year old girl, Pari, dreams of becoming a pilot. Her story is told through the perspective of her six-year-old sister Mehr, who is unaware of the traditions and barriers that lay in the path of women from her family. It is a story about the burdens of a family and the impact of a culture where girls are still struggling to fully realize their dreams. SITARA is a silent film [no dialogues] which embodies this struggle.

To coincide with International Day of the Girl, Gucci and CHIME FOR CHANGE hosted the premiere of SITARA, followed by a conversation with Obaid-Chinoy, Executive Producers Gloria Steinem and Ariel Wengroff, producer Imke Fehrmann, and composer Laura Karpman, moderated by Kimberly Drew. At LetGirlsDream.org educators globally have the opportunity to request a local screening, discussion materials and activities that encourage girls and young people to share their dreams and inspire one another.

“Young girls everywhere still face considerable hurdles in achieving their dreams. SITARA embodies that struggle; it is the story of Pari, a young girl who dreams of becoming a pilot and is robbed of it. For me, SITARA is more than a film, it is a movement that we want to start across the world, that encourages parents to invest in their girls’ dreams, freeing their daughters from the burdens of early marriage.” said Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, who is also a CHIME FOR CHANGE Advisory Board Member along with Sarah Brown [Chair, Global Business Coalition for Education], Leymah Gbowee [Nobel Peace Prize recipient (2011)], Jada Pinkett Smith [Actor, Advocate and Founder, Don't Sell Bodies], Julia Roberts [Actor, Activist and Philanthropist] and Cleo Wade [Artist, poet, and author], to name a few.


The music for SITARA has been composed by Emmy Award-Winning composer Laura Karpman. Recorded and mixed at the world’s most famous and iconic studio, Abbey Road studios, Karpman’s score has been paramount in bringing the film’s story and characters to life. The film’s Executive Producers include Gloria Steinem, the iconic women’s rights activist, and Darla Anderson, the Academy Award Winning producer of Coco and Toy Story 3.

SITARA: LET GIRLS DREAM, is produced under the banner of Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s animation company, Waadi Animations entirely in Pakistan, from its concept to execution in association with Vice Studios and Gucci’s CHIME FOR CHANGE.

In Pakistan, the Waadi Animations Team is spearheaded by Art Director Salman Nasir, Animation Director Kamran Khan, CG Lighting Supervisor Adnan Saeed, Director of Photography Faizan Ali, Editor Husain Qaizer, Sound Effects Editor Sameer Khan, co-producer Eleyna Sara Haroun and Associate Producer Syed Ayub with Salman Iqbal, Jerjees Seja, Imke Fehrmann and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy as the producers.

The trailer for SITARA: LET GIRLS DREAM can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/EztDSGZb2xY

Behind The Scenes for SITARA can be viewed at:
https://youtu.be/Luk-C3DC6OM

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About Waadi Animation:

Waadi Animations, with Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy as the CEO and Founder, was the first animation company in Pakistan to produce feature-length animation films, under the franchise name 3 Bahadur. With the aim of creating a set of heroes that would resonate with Pakistani children and inspire them to create meaningful social change and become heroes within their own communities, SITARA is the fourth animated film produced by Waadi Animations.


About CHIME FOR CHANGE:

CHIME FOR CHANGE was founded by Gucci in 2013 to convene, unite and strengthen the voices speaking out for gender equality globally, with a focus on Education, Health and Justice. To date, the campaign has raised $15 million to support projects and advocacy in 89 countries, through the funding of 430 projects with 156 partners. CHIME FOR CHANGE aims to inspire participation in a collective community, bringing people together across borders and generations in the fight for equality.


About Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage:

Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage is a partnership of more than 1,200 civil society organizations committed to ending child marriage and enabling girls to fulfill their potential. It has a theory of change which explains how ending child marriage requires long-term sustainable efforts by a variety of actors across sectors. Since 1995, Equality Now has been working to achieve legal and systemic change by calling on governments to enact and uphold laws that prevent child marriage, and to advocate for 18 as the minimum age of marriage, without exception.

October 10, 2019

Hamza Malik Sets Fire Once Again with His New Single "Pyaar Yaar"




The young sensation Hamza Malik has released his new single “Pyaar Yaar”, a romantic pop song produced by the famous Shany Haider. The music video directed by Parmesh Adiwal, has now premiered on YouTube and other streaming services.
After turning heads with “O Jaana” featuring Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Hamza Malik is once again set to make headlines with his catchy new song. The new single was first announced with a short teaser of the music video, featuring the song’s melodious tune to the eagerly awaiting fans on social media. A virtual explosion of powerful romantic pop, the video features the singer himself alongside the gorgeous Sadaf Kanwal, with the lyrics falling perfectly to the scenes in the video and the rhythm of the beat.
Talking about the release of his new song, the singer said, “It has been a while since I have been this excited about a song. I hope to have created a song that makes people feel something, just the way listening to music makes me feel.”
The rising young star is not a new name in the industry anymore. With quite a few hit singles to his credit including Soneyaa and Dholna, his renditions of mostly romantic tunes have reaped massive appreciation from the audiences and the critics. His soulful voice has managed to get him a large fanbase in a short period of time, and it looks like he is set out to be the next big superstar.

Coke Studio to open Season 12 with “WOHI KHUDA HAI” performed by Atif Aslam!



Coke Studio is all set to open Season 12 with the hamd, “Wohi Khuda Hai” in the vocals of Atif Aslam. Wohi Khuda Hai will be released on 11th October 2019.

Penned by Muzaffar Warsi, the lyrics of Wohi Khuda Hai are a praise of GOD as the One Creator of a system that runs and maintains an order of the universe in balance and harmony. The piece goes on to describe this in the various experiences of the human connection with the Divine; through the seen and unseen and, ultimately, with one’s heart and soul. A piece that was originally made iconic in the vocals of Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Wohi Khuda Hai remains a national favorite, as a composition that has been etched into our cultural framework. It has been sung and covered countless times across the globe, taking on different colors, profoundly impacting audiences with the universal appeal of its poetry. This season at Coke Studio, the rendition presents Atif Aslam in a space that offers an exploration of the essence of the hamd, by witnessing the play of a soundscape that serves the contemplative nature of the verses. Etched into the framework of Pakistan’s cultural memory, Wohi Khuda Hai is an exploration of wonder and awe at the capacity and ability of Creation and a means to reflect on its beauty.

For this season, Atif Aslam brings to the canvas of Coke Studio an experimentation of ambient and introspective discovery - once again exploring the melodies hidden in his voice and showcasing his versatility with genres that are new to his repertoire.

The BTS for Wohi Khuda Hai can be viewed at:

Reflecting on his life journey, Atif Aslam has said, “I still don’t think I have made it. When I started, for the first few years, I used to think, with fame and money, I’d made it. But after that I asked myself, ‘What have you made? This is all material that you have.’ After that, the real search started. That is when the fun started. Even today, I am caught in that search. I will keep at it, always.”

To find out more, keep yourself logged on to https://www.youtube.com/user/CokeStudioPk or https://www.facebook.com/cokestudio and look for the hashtag #CokeStudio12 to follow the Coke Studio journey.

October 9, 2019

Peek Freans Spreads Joy at “Tamasha Ghar”



Pakistan’s number one selling biscuit brand, Peek Freans, sponsored “Tamasha Ghar”- a fun filled event with free entry for everyone, that included Open Mic Sessions, Mime and Clown readings, and Live Theater for children on the 28th & 29th September at the Governor’s House, Karachi.The event was part of “Sheher-e-Fun”- a children’s festival organized by “Pursukoon Karachi”. The purpose of the event was to enable change and make children from local schools understand how they are responsible for their city in an interactive environment. The event also provided powerful networking opportunities and a platform for the exchange of different ideas on how to make Karachi better. In the Open Mic Session, students were given the chance to showcase their talents in front of a live audience. Through poetry recitals, singing and playing instruments, kids got numerous opportunities to show off their artistic skills. Students who participated were given goody bags by Peek Freans as a way to appreciate their efforts.
Speaking at the event, Peek Freans' Marketing Head, Ayesha Janjua said, “It’s all about creating a space for children to have fun and express their creativity in a supportive environment. Peek Freans’ aim is to spread joy among kids and help them understand and express their feelings about their city, “Karachi”, all while keeping it full of fun and entertainment. It also provided them with a great opportunity to be exposed to genuine displays of art and humanity.”
"Tamasha Ghar” provided a fantastic variety of entertaining and holistic activities for children all of whom came from different backgrounds, thus enabling the brand to promote diversity and inclusion. The turn-out at the event affirmed the need for such interactive activities to be arranged for children in the future.


J. Continues its Expansion with the Launch of a Bigger & Better outlet at Dolmen Mall Clifton, Karachi.



J. has opened a new and bigger store at Dolmen Mall, Clifton. The store launch was celebrated with a grand opening ceremony and the ribbon cutting was done by the honorable Governor of Sindh, Mr. Imran Ismail.
With the selling space of 4,200 sq. ft., the store is almost double the size of the premises it had in the area previously, multiplying its presence in the area. The new megastore stocks the men, women, and kids clothing lines as well as accessories, fragrances, and cosmetics in an ambiance of detailed décor and contemporary style.
The grand opening ceremony was attended by famous celebrities and Journalists including Fahad Mustafa, Waseem Badami and Iqrar ul Hasan.
Speaking about the store launch, the GM Marketing Yasin Yousuf said, “The new store represents one step further in our desire to create a unique space where fashion, art, and culture coexist. Our aim is to continue to make our mark as a national and global brand while portraying a positive image of Pakistan. Our efforts are not only to offer a unique shopping experience, but also to contribute towards the success of the country’s economy.”
J. is marking the launch of its new store with an exclusive discount of flat 25% off on all its products on 5th and 6th October, 2019.
About J. Junaid Jamshed:
J. is a leading fashion brand which was established in 2002 with a unique philosophy to revive the country's cultural heritage. It expanded its store network to 100+ outlets nationwide. J. has further expanded globally by opening 20 outlets in the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UAE, Qatar, to name a few.

Pakistan’s official submission for Oscars 2020, “LAAL KABOOTAR” returns to cinemas from 11th October 2019



Nehr Ghar Films proudly announces the return of Pakistan’s official submission for the 92nd Academy Awards, “LAAL KABOOTAR” to the big screen across Pakistan from 11th October 2019.

Submitted for Oscar consideration in the 'International Feature Film Award’ category for the 92nd Academy Awards, Laal Kabootar also won the Archana Soy Audience Award for 'Best Feature Film' at the Tasveer South Asian Film Festival 2019 in Seattle. In addition to this, Laal Kabootar was screened, as an official selection, at the Singapore South Asian International Film Festival 2019 and at the prestigious Washington DC South Asian Film Festival 2019, where the dynamic and super talented lead, Ahmed Ali Akbar, won the 'Best Actor Male' Award for his outstanding performance.

Credited as the best Pakistani movie of 2019, Laal Kabootar is a rollercoaster ride featuring Ahmed Ali Akbar as Adeel Nawaz - 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. Aliya Malik, played by the alluring Mansha Pasha, is strong-headed to the point of being stubborn, however when her world turns upside down in a series of incidents, she chooses to put up a fight even though her life is on the line. With its action-packed sequences and blinding pace, the critically acclaimed film also stars multi-talent actors such as Rashid Farooqui, Saleem Meraj, Ali Kazmi, Shamim Hilali, Akbar Islam, Syed Arsalan, Saad Fareedi, Hammad Siddiq, Ishtiaq Omar, Meesum Naqvi, Faiza Gillani, Mohammed Ahmed and Kaleem Ghour to name a few. Laal Kabootar has been directed by the award-winning Kamal Khan with Harvard graduates Hania Chima and Kamil Chima as the Executive Producers.

Laal Kabootar will be re-released across Pakistan in collaboration with GEO Entertainment as Channel Partners and Footprint as official distributors.

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October 5, 2019

Coke Studio releases its official trailer and artist line-up for Season 12!



The Coca-Cola Company Pakistan proudly releases the official trailer for Coke Studio Season 12, revealing the artists as part of its talented ensemble.

“Here we are. It is 2019 and as we open our eyes each morning to begin a new day, we find ourselves in a digital age that operates at a constant pulse, a rhythm that beats faster than the pace of our hearts. Human technological expanse is at the pinnacle of its evolution and, as borders become permeable and physical distances grow shorter, people reach out to connect and understand each other. Every day, there are multitudes of conversations, across race, gender and nations. And in this exploration, societies find links that can be traced through our roots – culture’s pieces that are entrenched in history’s soil, bringing people together through music, art and stories. In this process, people see just how artistic expression not only links with its origins from the past but also evolves in new hues in the present day. 

Today, Coke Studio is on the twelfth chapter of its journey. Since its inception, Coke Studio remains a space that witnesses the subtle connections of cultures and peoples through music. This has happened on a crossroads that Coke Studio stands at, where paths intersect, attracting energies that come together to create a canvas with a myriad of colors. The canvas sees the attributes of Eastern tonality merge with Western structures, the wealth of knowledge of tradition meeting soundscapes of the present day and a collage of rhythms, notes, melodies and, ultimately, stories. 

This Season, music traveled to the Studio from far and wide, settling into our mixers and instruments, showing us that the well is far from running dry and that there is still so much to learn and create. From the country’s northernmost borders and westwards, from Balochistan, climbing mountains, frolicking through fields of wheat, and winding their way through sand dunes, voices came pouring through to share the legacies of their heritage and stories. In the soft vowels of Pashto, zesty flavors of Punjabi, and earthy tones of Sindhi, we heard Sufi tales on Divine love, ghazals that emanate nuances of the human condition and festive duets of romantic conversations between coy lovers, human emotions taking shape in words and melodies. Folk songs came to us, taught in village homes by mothers to their children, hand-in-hand with the words of philosopher-saints that echo in the shrines of the Subcontinent, followed closely by popular hits that have forever lodged themselves in our cultural memories. 

Songs came down to us through the centuries, bringing with them ancient melodies and rhythms. From the hills of Kashmir, a sad empress called to us, writing lovelorn poetry for the husband who had been taken from her. Writing poems on the human soul, and musical compositions that would survive centuries, an ascetic stopped by the Studio as he travelled through the land, preaching his message of love and tolerance. Weary camel herders from Balochistan travelled to our studio, singing notes as they walked through hills and sand dunes, harmonizing their voices to suit the echo of the terrain. And in this process, the Past, the forever teacher, became our guide in the Present. Music, we found, is a continuing journey in which distinctions between past and present can become permeable. It is a collaboration between centuries and decades, one that will be ongoing as long as our collective memory survives.

Within the Studio, we experimented with the new and old, bringing together a house band that has been part of Coke Studio’s family since its adolescence, with young talent that brought with them fresh understandings of the sounds and rhythms that came to us. The pulse that kept the music alive was the percussions section, this year made up of Coke Studio veteran Babar Khanna, drummer Kami Paul, multi-percussionists Aziz Kazi and Hassan Mohiyuddin, and, Coke Studio’s first female house band member, Veeru Shaan. Creating the mood of the soundscape with their fills and progressions were bassist Kamran (Mannu) Zafar, guitarists Zain Ali and Sarmad Ghafoor, keyboardist Varqa Faraid, and multi-instrumentalist Amir Azhar. Providing the harmonic beds upon which our melodies were built were the backing vocalists Mehr Qadr, Rachel Viccaji, Nimra Rafiq, and Shahab Hussain. 

Musicians came to the Studio, those who we have been listening to since our childhoods, and whose voices we have come to love, alongside artists who were completely unfamiliar, who brought with them songs in which we could hear the texture of their land. A young boy, Kashif Din, came to us from Gilgit-Baltistan, having taught himself to make music on a broken laptop. The Studio was graced by Ali Sethi, who in one take managed to wrap up rehearsals for a ghazal written 75 years ago in a prison cell by a poet who dreamt of revolution. Organically, the pieces came together on the Coke Studio canvas, forming arrangements, beats, and patterns and, for the Studio, music became a process and a collaboration. 

In a world where there are multitudes of information, sounds and conversations to choose from, Coke Studio wishes to offer a space where one can contemplate the reverberations of a single guitar strum or the notes of a few piano keys. Traveling down the ladder of time, from the courts of the Delhi Sultanate and the music studios of pre-revolution Iran, through mountains and valleys, much like the water that trickles down from a natural spring, music came to Coke Studio’s canvas. At its core, Coke Studio remains an offering, a space where we share what has come to us, welcome to those who wish to join us on this continuing journey of exploration.” - The team at Coke Studio.

Speaking about the launch of Coke Studio Season 12, the General Manager of Coca-Cola Pakistan, Rizwan U. Khan said, “Coca-Cola Pakistan is committed to share the values of unity and harmony through the universal language of music that transcends any cultural barriers or boundaries. With more than a decade of musical legacy with Coke Studio, we will keep striving to carry forward this beacon of hope and celebration through our firm belief in the power of music.”

Indeed, Coke Studio endeavors to spread the message of hope, optimism, vibrancy and love through the music, moments, interactions, languages, artists, instruments, exploration and exchanges that Season 12 will represent. To this end, Coke Studio reveals the following featured artists for Season 12: Abrar-ul-Haq, Aima Baig, Ali Sethi, Atif Aslam, Banur’s Band, Barkat Jamal Fakir Troupe, Fareed Ayaz and Abu Muhammad with Humnawa, Fariha Pervez, Hadiqa Kiani, Harsakhiyan, Kashif Din, Nimra Rafiq, Quratulain Baloch, Rachel Viccaji, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Sahir Ali Bagga, Sanam Marvi, Shahab Hussain, Shamali Afghan, Shuja Haider, Umair Jaswal, Zeb Bangash and Zoe Viccaji.       

Season 12 also marks the return of the houseband, with Mehr Qadir, Nimra Rafiq, Rachel Viccaji, and Shahab Hussain on backing vocals; Amir Azhar, Javed Iqbal, Kamran “Mannu” Zafar, Sarmad Ghafoor, Tanveer Tafu, Varqa Faraid, Zain Ali on tonal instruments; and finally, Aziz Kazi, Babar Khanna, Hassan Mohyeddin, Kami Paul, and Veeru Shan on percussions. 

Finally, a number of guest musicians will be demonstrating their musical flair on the Coke Studio platform including, Balochi Troupe: Mohammad Bux Aaharr, Shaihan Khan, Shehzad Sardar, Taj Muhammad Buledi; KPK Troupe: Abdul Majid, Fazal Kareem, Khurshid, Zafar Ali; and Sindhi Troupe: Mevo Khan, Muhammad Talib, Roshan Ali, Shoukat Ali Faqeer. Additionally, Coke Studio Season 12 will have Sajid Ali on Flute, Omran Shafique on Guitar, Syed Saif Abbas on Bass Guitar, Sadiq Sameer on Rubab, Shahzad Ali on Harmonium, Fazal Abbas on Tabla, Shakoor Faqeer on Khamach, and Noor Baksh on Banjo as guest musicians.

The first episode of Coke Studio Season 12 will be released on 11th October 2019.

In the meantime, keep yourself logged on to www.cokestudio.com.pk or facebook.com/cokestudio and look for the hashtag #CokeStudio12 to follow the Coke Studio journey.

October 3, 2019

Coke Studio announces the launch of Season 12!



Coca-Cola Pakistan proudly announces the return of Coke Studio for its twelfth consecutive season, with the reveal of an exclusive virtual all access tour of the Coke Studio Season 12 set for the first time ever.

Often credited as the most influential musical fusion project from Pakistan by the audiences and critics alike, Coke Studio Season 12 is all set to launch this October 2019.

The virtual all access tour can be viewed at: www.youtube.com/CokeStudioPk/

For more information, visit: www.cokestudio.com.pk

September 30, 2019

Wahaj Ali starrer short film "Doodh Patti" out now




Rising star of the Pakistan television industry Wahaj Ali presents another powerful act in a made-for-web short film titled “Doodh Patti” opposite Minal Khan released on the YouTube channel Dramas Central.
An adorable love saga between a newly married couple, “Doodh Patti” features Wahaj Ali as a soft-spoken but quirky guy, as he explores the new relationship he is building.
A part of the Aey Zindagi shorts that has been produced by Creators One & Dot Media Republic, in association with Next Level Entertainment, Doodh Patti has been directed by Syed Jari Khushnood Naqvi, and the full film can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/YnGUuZ_Ot5s
Wahaj Ali is the rising star of the Pakistani drama industry and has been getting tremendous critical acclaim for this performance from the first episode of Hum TV & ISPR’s mega project Ehd-e-Wafa which goes on air every Sunday at 8:00pm PST.

Tabba Heart Institute Hosted "Dil hai to Jaan aur Jahan hai" event on World Heart Day




Tabba Heart Institute hosted an event on "Dil Hai to Jaan aur Jahan hai" to talk about the importance of a healthy heart and proactive lifestyle.
Observing World Heart Day 2019, expert physicians, consultants, and healthcare workers delivered talks to educate the public about heart ailments, symptoms, and to promote the importance of a healthy-heart lifestyle. The main objective of the event was to raise awareness about the most common killer in the world, cardiovascular diseases (CVD) which is on the rise and has the highest rate of mortality.
The Chief Executive Officer - Ms. Mariam Tabba Khan said, "We should not underestimate the importance of a healthy heart. In most of the cases, cardiovascular diseases are preventable and that is why we are encouraging people to learn more & more about their heart health on this years World Heart Day. The golden rule, prevention is the best cure, is what we are talking about”, she emphasised.
Forwarding the discourse on "Dil Hai to Jaan aur Jahan Hai" Tabba Heart Institute focussed on the fact that the power to change is in our hands, and we should take the necessary steps which are in our control.




About Tabba Heart Institute:
Tabba Heart Institute is one of the highest ranked cardiac hospitals of Pakistan, established in the year 2005, offering adult cardiac -care services all under one roof, using state-of-the-art technology with compassionate care at an affordable price. Promoting excellence in the cardiovascular field is the main objective of THI, with new initiatives such as the opening of its new Diabetes Care Unit, Hyderabad Outreach Centre amongst to name a few, to serve the community at large.

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