Published On: Mon, Feb 13th, 2012

Karachi Literature Festival concludes with points to ponder

By Irfan Aligi

KARACHI: As the organizers hailed from elite class of the society, their venture, the venue and the responding visitors also hailed form ‘Berger’ class on the concluding session of a 2-day ‘Karachi Literature festival. The festival went for 2 days at a local hotel at city’s beach residential area, Clifton.

Again, a vast majority of Karachiites remained ignorant what was going on in their city on the front o literature and book culture. The nerve-writhing festival went along the day starting from 10 am ending in a keynote speech at 7:30 pm followed by live concert by eminent guitarist Salman Ahmed of Junoon.

Each session was divided in 6 different categories from literary discussions to book launch to film screening.

The discussions, as noted, did not cheer up the young Berger audience but the aged singles and couples looked as if they were new in this world. A mixture of Anglo-Urdu and Anglo-English dialect pre-dominated the galleries and corridors of the hotel.

On Sunday’s schedule, “The Emergence of Bangladesh: A Military Failure or a Collapse of civil Society”, “The Klaseeki Adab aur Aaj Kay Parhne valey”, “Creative Writing Workshop”, “The Arab Spring”, “Legal Reforms and Women’s Rights in Pakistan”, “Nuclear Pakistan: An Overview of the Strategic Dimension”, “Looking Back at Partition”, “Kashmir”, “The silent minority: A voice for the Voiceless”, “Meherjaan”, and “A conversation with Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy on her film nominated for the Oscar” drew attention of the elderly and ambitious students.

The British council and Oxford University Press organised the festival and it was founded in 2010 by Ameena Saiyed and Arif Farrukhi. Unlike, Book fairs and Aalmi Mushairas at Karachi Expo Centre, the festival did not attract citizens and students and families from other parts of the city and stood opposite to the traditional rich Urdu literature, intellectuals and academicians.



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