Humara Karachi

humarakarachi.gifFor 10 days, from the 8th of January till the 18th of January, karachi city will come alive with events taking place all over the place celebrating the platinum jubilee celebration of the “KMC Building”. Events include mushairas, bait-bazi competitions, city-wide painting and debate competitions, film festivals at local cinemas (with free entry for all), free boat trips from kemari, stage shows, dramas, musical evenings, interfaith evening with Farid Qawwal, sound and light shows and much much more.

Also included in the celebrations are the Karavan-e-Karachi festival, the Surjani Family Fun Festival and Beach Carnival at seaview, Comedy Festival with Black Fish, Humara Karachi Youth Festival and Urs of Abdullah Shah Gazi. To top it off, performances by Strings, Najam Sheraz and Rahim Shah are scheduled at various localities throughout the event.

A complete list of happenings can be read at There’s so much going on, it’s overwhelming!

The organizers of this event have really gone all out for this event and their top priority seems to be getting as many people involved as possible. The News reports

“The newly launched Humara Karachi festival, featuring folk music, performances, film etc promises to be populist rather than elitist in terms of accessibility”

I’ll try to catch a few events myself; eye witness accounts from readers are also welcome.

News Coverage (credit: fAr stAr): Dawn (here and here)

21 Comments so far

  1. turab (unregistered) on January 10th, 2007 @ 12:28 pm

    Finally!, Thanks mansoor and i gotta say great logo!

  2. Mariam (unregistered) on January 10th, 2007 @ 1:08 pm


    Wow, have fun Karachiites.

    The above link is broken the correct URL is

  3. fAr stAr (unregistered) on January 10th, 2007 @ 1:20 pm

    where is my credit? thats not fair! :(

  4. Mariam (unregistered) on January 10th, 2007 @ 1:23 pm

    It’s funny that at Hamara Karachi site has not mentioned city’s Nazim. So it is safe to presume these activities are organized by MQM. I have no problem with it but then Nazim’s political party is planning a protest for some MNA’s (no connection to Karachi) byelection on January 10. This I call Tit for Tat :D. It shows why our city is in plight as our administrators are always fighting on petty issues.

  5. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on January 10th, 2007 @ 2:33 pm

    there are few evenets being taken place in my North Nazimabad town specially food street is very near to home. I might visit tomorrow and hope that they would serve good food. The sad part of the food street is massive traffic jam from Landi Kotal to 5-star Chorangi.

  6. Kashif (unregistered) on January 10th, 2007 @ 3:02 pm

    Massive traffic jams experienced yesterday near hasan square as well as the roads coming from gulshan chowrangi to hasan square (via sehba akhtar road)

  7. Bayl (unregistered) on January 10th, 2007 @ 3:14 pm

    I read about it in December in DAWN and was amazed; never been more proud of human endeavour!

    Marium, for god sake’s why bring MQM, elections and nazims shortcomings in everything? Great effort, I look forward to it.

  8. Bayl (unregistered) on January 10th, 2007 @ 3:24 pm

    Why wasn’t this advertised more? It started on the 8th and nobody seems to know about it. Why isn’t it getting the media coverage Kara Film or IDEAS 2006 got?

  9. mansoor (unregistered) on January 10th, 2007 @ 4:07 pm

    mariam: thanks for pointing this out, i’ve fixed it

    far star: there u go man :p i added it later, but i guess that version wasn’t saved. My apologies :)

  10. Ali Mohsin (unregistered) on January 10th, 2007 @ 4:33 pm

    Even website dedicated to the event is produced at a professional level. Nice to note that work being conducted at govt. level giving due importance to minute details like website maintenance.
    Rightly pointed out that Nazim MK comments are missing at the website, however Naib Nazim Ms. Nasreen comments suffice.
    Looking forward to Strings concert!

  11. UZi (unregistered) on January 10th, 2007 @ 6:00 pm
  12. Kashif (unregistered) on January 10th, 2007 @ 9:28 pm

    Why the citizens have to suffer? Today I got stuck in a jam at hasan square as side roads were closed by tullas – so much for hamara karachi

  13. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on January 11th, 2007 @ 12:11 am

    so much for hamara karachi
    kashif actually you didn’t get the real message. The real message is given by politicians including ministers that this is “OUR Karachi” not yours!

  14. wasiq (unregistered) on January 11th, 2007 @ 2:13 am

    @Uzi…..japanese toys…..?????

    i only discovered yesterday that Rangoonwala is just outside the jamshed town….what a great loss indeed…!

  15. Shameem (unregistered) on January 11th, 2007 @ 4:15 pm

    Mariam and people like her are similar to flies who like to land over wounds leaving whole clean body.

  16. UZi (unregistered) on January 11th, 2007 @ 7:31 pm

    Yup @ “Japanese toys.” The exhibition’s still on, if you want to have a look.

  17. UZi (unregistered) on January 11th, 2007 @ 8:58 pm

    Oh, and the Japanese toys thingumajjig is part of the entire Hamara Karachi fiasco.

  18. ash (unregistered) on January 12th, 2007 @ 3:49 am

    sounds like a fascinating event …wish i could be there. If this is a political statement like some people have suggested then thats even more beautiful. Certainly a big step forward for pakistani politics.

  19. wasiq (unregistered) on January 13th, 2007 @ 2:02 am

    ladies and gentlemen the exhibition is….ms suzuki trunk ley kar aati hon gi jab tak aap log kino khaein…..

    @mamoo….khan kay theley per iss sey ziyada toys hain….aur woh bhi aik dam asli japani…MADE AS JAPAN….mamoo tum bhi naa phasao gay aik din….agar chapa perrd giya toh…?

  20. Danish (unregistered) on January 16th, 2007 @ 7:09 pm

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  21. Danish (unregistered) on January 16th, 2007 @ 7:10 pm

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