Sufi Week at Goethe Karachi

During a phase when the country is at target of some unfortunate incidents, Goethe-Institut Karachi with efforts of it’s Director recently celebrated Sufi Week which tried to create awareness and discourse about a softer and peaceful dimensions of Islam.

It started with an exhibition titled ‘Troubadours of Allah’. The pictures of this collection were shot by Horst A. Friedrichs in the Indus Valley, Sindh and displayed Sufi Musicians of the region. Images are a good mix of documentation of not only the sufi shrines and artists but also aesthetics, material culture and symbols.

Some of the images depict interesting moments including ‘a fakir wearing kajal in his eyes‘, and ‘an image with carvings focused while a person praying is in a shallow focus’. The placement of the photographs could have been more properly planned to illustrate an essay and some pictures with long exposure did remove details. There was also grain in some of the prints. Out of few long exposure shots, only one picture pleased my eye, that of ‘two static almost marrying sitars with movement of people behind’. The exhibition is opened till 20th November 2009 for public.

Next was the Sufi Concert where the audience got chance to hear the soulful voices of Abida Parveen from Pakistan and Fareeda Parveen from Bangladesh who sang awe-inspiring poetry of various Sufi Poets.

It was followed by a lecture session next day where Dr Jurgen Wasim Frembgen, Omar Kasmani, Dr. Durre Ahmed and Peter Panke shared their views about Sufism.

13 Comments so far

  1. بستنی (wasiq) on October 19th, 2010 @ 11:03 am

    cannot believe you owe me too…..I always thought it was the vice ersa…lol

  2. Dr ChadDa (unregistered) on October 20th, 2010 @ 10:18 pm

    sheesh….are you in some kind of morbid affair with the dead and the stinky…i mena look at it sir je..its almsot 2 yrs down the drain..

    move on sir jee move on

  3. بستنی (wasiq) on October 20th, 2010 @ 11:22 pm

    sir with all due respect true love is eternal….lol

  4. Dr ChadDa (unregistered) on October 21st, 2010 @ 11:08 pm

    oh that explains the 3 dug out corpses of choice bin khilay gunchay in your closet

  5. بستنی (wasiq) on November 5th, 2010 @ 7:49 am
  6. بستنی (wasiq) on November 6th, 2010 @ 7:14 pm

    sir with all due respect due to the complete shut down of karachi today thanks to the scotland yard sending icecream on Happy Diwali….(thanks yaar…thori kam thi aik aik spoon small wala he aya hoein ga…)I got to check most of the closets here in jamshedtown area and parts of gulshan town….I believe, honestly, I do that these are not really mine…this one here seems to of our very dear balma jee…no doubt about it…

    and this one here maybe of d0ct0r saab…

    you and I think very differently….we cannot afford to have such luxuries…..;-p

  7. Mullah Diseal (unregistered) on November 8th, 2010 @ 1:14 am

    kiya fahashi phelai huwai hia …yeh qoum to pehlay hi fahasi ki sailab me dubkiyaan laga rahi hai

    aur aap hain ke panch rupay ka romaal 1500 ka “CK” ka brasier or 10 rupay ke do romaal ko 3000 rupay ka lingre set bana ke bech rahay hu.

    heraan me bechnay walon me nahee..khareednay walon p ehoon…mostly when i roam around these shops ( not as a pervert )..but kuch “zaroori” kamoo say…i usulay see bearded men with there burqa clads grequenting the lingre shops……can we imply that our mullahs are the most therki or the most potent or the most you know..amrici filmain dekh dekh ke moo dbana rahay hotay hian…lol

    dosri pic jugan kazim ki..samajh nai a rhaay ke kiay shampoo ekrna chah rahi hia per shampoo ki tu 4 bottles pas main hain…phir kiya tention hai bachi ko..shayed shampoo kernay me kisi ki help chaye…lo …mujhay bataya hota…champaign ki bottle ki jaga pentene ki bottle le ata…aur kehta…kiya progrmae hai…mood banaay ke liye shampoo ki bottle laay hoon…

    lol….abay…laholwalakuwaqath….aisi auratin hoti hi dozakh ki kunji hain…..sansaar ker do inhain

  8. بستنی (wasiq) on November 8th, 2010 @ 7:45 am

    wait wait …sir please don’t say that for the “pink ladoos” girl…she’s so cute….and i have heard that she is raising a girl who will definitely be even better than her…despite all the malévolo of rival models…
    she is not the one in the picture above…this one has a much bigger face and longer hairs…look again..


  9. Mullah Diesal (unregistered) on November 8th, 2010 @ 1:54 pm

    sir, with all due and undue respect granted and duly enjoyed by you….i guess the hormonal increease is effecting the legendary sense of judgment and high moral standards you maintain and propogate.

    seeing the ladoos, and planing how to make habshi halwa out of em, thru a lenghty sublime tiring yet rewarding process…..

    i guess it makes you incapiciatated for the high seat of mudslinging expert on blogistan… move aside sir, its a coup de’tat

  10. a (unregistered) on November 9th, 2010 @ 9:55 am

    wasiq sir ?

  11. بستنی (wasiq) on November 14th, 2010 @ 10:19 pm

    that is so not true sir ….for the very very dear sleeveless comrades brigade….I have 4 shiploads of the finest blends imported from kenya and uganda….I will never desert you here on the dirt track and go enjoy half a glass of lassi malai maar kay in the vvip box….with them….and get tundh…so easily….I am right behind you till the end…*****

    mon-fri …? lol

  12. Mullah Diesal (unregistered) on November 18th, 2010 @ 1:51 pm

    sir jee…glad to see you back…..cant mudsling on all of em with all my cpaacity…even the devil needs rest ofcourse… welcome back to the club.

    seems the effects of the kryptonite in the ladoos are wearing off fast…..

    havent had any singlas form balma ina long time…i fear the worse…..mullahz got to him before he cud escape or grow a repsectable beard for the very purpose.

    husrat in gunchupn me hai jo bin khilay hui murghaa gai

  13. بستنی (wasiq) on November 18th, 2010 @ 10:02 pm

    thankyou sir for the warm welcome….this is the first time I had an experience which you guys had to face a lot of time….at first when I was not able to comment I was very embarrassed but honestly my embarrassment multiplied like the IMF multiplies the debts….when I realised that it was my own doing and iam still the favorite of the dark side….ssshhhaaa

    the only thing that can prevent balma jee and KD from commenting on this post is a hospitalization… know the old timers can’t handle a bakra eid….they usually try their best to impress their clans by medical jargons…so they get hospitalized …I plan to do so in coming years even if its a dental hospital or a mental trauma related hospice….

    qeema khaya houn ishq ka,subha surgeon ka ,dedaar hua


    don’t you dare worry about the kryptonite effects…by the grace of All Mighty Allah we have a fully enriched planet named canada….you just keep burning the Maple leaves incense before watching the video…
    Btw,so many views in just two day…sir you are a legand….lol

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