Archive for the ‘Arts & Crafts’ Category

Two Exciting Exhibitions by KOEL this week

DSC_4419The first one at their gallery is titled Bereft in the Fatherland, a series of photographs, incredible black an white portraits of children from Macher Colony and a video installation, a loop back of the daily routine of children on streets of Machar colony. The exhibition highlights the conditions in which these underprivileged people are forced to live down below the poverty line and their innocent beautiful children, deprived of basic education, health care and nutrition, dwelling on the streets and we oblivious of their existence.

The other exhibition held at the home of renowned architect Habib Fida Ali is a marvelous collection of Chitarkari or Schist(Slate) stone engraving a collaborative work of Renowned Chitarkar, Muhammed Ilyas and Noorjehan Bilgrami.

chitarkariThe two masters have engraved intriguing designs celebrating our cultural identity.The repetitive geometrical patterns symbolic to Islamic art and carved peepal and Chambaily patterns in in their traditional radiations carved out on the stones placed in an aesthetically complementing environment, shaded under a thick cover of peepal trees in a garden of a beautiful, over a hundred year old building, is obvious to create a magically mesmerizing environment.

Both the Exhibitions will remain open till the 22nd of August, 2009.


Habib Fida Ali's Residence Map

For more details:
Call: (+92-21) 5831292

“as i see it” – Canvas Art Gallery.

Canvas - KMB“as i see it”, a four person art show in mix media including paintings, digital prints, digital photographs, and sculptures opened yesterday at the Canvas Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan.

The show exhibits different art work by four brilliant artists each one of them expressing their observations in thought provoking statements invoking strong emotions and feelings in their own individual way, from some of the most ordinary scenes of out of our daily lives.


Martin Willem’s Blown Glass At COMMUNE

dsc_0491Glass is a fascinating medium for art, but sadly art schools in the country don’t have the facility to teach glass blowing and molding techniques as the kiln used in the process is very expensive and consumes a lot of electricity which makes it almost absolutely imposable for any art school or facility to operate a kiln.

Being the reason, artwork made out of glass is fairly a rare sight in art galleries across Pakistan but thanks to artist Martin Willem who has been visiting Pakistan on and off quite often since almost a decade, and had exhibited his amazing work of hand blown glass in 2006 for the first time in Faisalabad and then again in 2008 in Lahore and the same year in Islamabad too,  providing art students and enthusiasts exposure the this wonderful medium across the country.

From Father To Son at KOEL

dsc_9988It is always a delight to see young people coming out show there talent, specially in art with  strong and mature expressions and this exhibition titled From Father To Son is one such unique exhibition which exhibits incredibly stunning art work by a father, Tariq Alexander Qaiser an architect by profession and a photographer by passion and his fifteen year old son,  Kayhan Feroze Qaiser side by side. 

Remarkably the fifteen year old contributor’s work is so is so strong and well balanced that one really cant imagine that this photographer would be so young until one meets Kayhan in person.



Katha presents ‘Main Adakara Banu Gi’

saneaBoth Katha and Sania Saeed (whom I consider the finest actress ever) is making a comeback into the theatre scene after a span of five years with a play ‘Main Adakara Banu Gi’. The play has been adapted from ‘Educating Rita’ by Willy Rusal and is written by Baber Jamal. It revolves around two individuals, a young female student (Sania Saeed) who hails from the Peela (yellow) school culture and is eager to learn acting, and another a veteran actor and teacher (Ehteshamuddin). ‘Mein Adakara Banoongi’ will be performed from 6 to 9 June at the Arts Council, timings are 8 PM.

The ticket is priced at Rs. 700 and is available at Agha’s. The proceeds will go to charitable programs of the Rotary Club of Karachi. The play boasts to be socially relevant and humorous, in addition you will delighted to see two great actors performing so go for it if you plan to do so.

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Do visit and encourage these young photographers and their art about Karachi.

"Kuch to Kaho" at KOEL

eviteAn exhibition of provocative and powerful work by ten highly acclaimed artists who explore the limitlessness of aesthetic dialogue towards the expression of our current events will be opening at KOEL Gallery on 21st of May 2009.


The participation artists for this exhibition include: 

   Abdul Jabbar Gul, A.R.Nagori, Afshar Malik, Ghalib Baqar, Jamal Shah, Qudsia Nisar, Nahid Raza, R.M.Nadeem, Salima Hashmi, Sumaya Durrani.


The exhibition will continue till the first of June 2009.


Koel Gallery:

+92 (21) 5831292

F-42/2, block 4, Scheme 5 Clifton , Karachi

"The Importance of Being Earnest"

earnest The KB Thespians, once again present Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of being Earnest”.

Being their second play of 2009, this will be the third time in as many years that The KB Thespians have brought this comedy of manners to the stage in Pakistan.

With an all new cast with both new and known faces, The KB Thespians invites you to come and be a part of what will be undoubtedly an evening not soon forgotten.


Sabiha Zia as Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax

Batool Habib as Ms. Laetitia Prism

Sobia Shah as Lady Augusta Bracknell

Amna Khan as Ms. Cecily Cardew

Salik Abbasi as Jack Worthing

Omer Malik as Rev. Frederick Chausable D.D.

Tahir Shamim as Lane/Merriman

Abdul Aleem Shekhani as Algernon Moncrieff

Directed by: Abdul Aleem Shekhani


Venue: Southend Club Auditorium,

          Khayaban-e-Rahat, DHA.  

Date & Time: 8:00pm Sharp,  22nd, 23rd and 24th of May 2009.


Passes available at Agha’s Supermarket and at the venue.

For Further Details Contact: 0334-313-2523  

“Sentiments” at KSA Gallery

sentiments at kmb An art exhibition of some of country’s senior most artists opened a few days back at the newly formed KSA Art gallery here in Karachi.


The KSA Gallery, another addition to the remarkable contributions of Rabia Zubairy in promoting art has recently opened at the Karachi School of Art with a vision to promote new immerging talent and to expose the art students to the work of senior artists of the country. The gallery is the only Art gallery situated in Gulshan -e- Iqbal a considerably convent spot for people and art enthusiasts living in areas like Nazimabad, North  Nazimabad, Buffer Zone and New Karachi F.B Area to reach for.   


Review: Song of Mohenjodaro

Yesterday was International Dance Day which was celebrated in Arts Council with a performance of Dance Ballet ‘Song of Mohenjodaro’ by Sheema Kermani and her troupe consisting of her students at Tehrik-e-Niswan.

It was a very beautiful experience. Everything from sets, costumes, narratives, selection of music, choreography and research was near to perfect. The joy on the faces of kids, youth and the veteran dancers really elevated my respect towards these artists to an another level. Sheema Kermani, Amjad Ansari and Mani Chao obviously were fantastic but one participant which really took the spotlight was Suhaee Abro, a fine artist in the making. The intensity of her expressions is unbeatable.

The ballet discusses about how dance forms like yoga, bhairavi, dandiya has been originated and how these were part of expression and communal festivity; how it brought harmony among the people and closeness to the nature. While yoga is linked with spirituality, dance forms like bhangra are linked with celebrations of harvest and bhairavi as rain dance. You will see variety of dance routines there and also get knowledge about them so you get double benefit :) This one and a half hour ballet continues today, will start at 8 pm and is priced at Rs. 500 only.


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