M. M. ALAM
KARACHI: From 15th till 31st March aficionados of performing arts will converge at the Zia Mohyeddin Theatre where dance, plays and music from Czech Republic, Egypt, England, Germany, Iran, Pakistan, Palestine, Switzerland, UAE and USA will be featured during NAPA International Theatre & Music Festival 2018.
Newspakistan.tv (official partner BBCNEWS) joins hands with German Cultural Centre Pakistan (Goethe Institut) as Media partner featuring dance performance Lighting on 16th March, Resurrection (a dance ritual on breathlessness, passion, oneness and survival) on 19th March and Do Tone (art form reacting spontaneously to current circumstances and work) on 21st March.
The 17 days of Music, Dance and Drama:
15th March Dance Aahung O Baraftagy
(A dance performance by Naheed Siddique
accompanied by Nafees Ahmed on Sitar);
16th March Dance Lighting by Anna Konjesky (Germany);
17th March Music Madhuvanti ke Rung;
18th March Play Richard III (England);
19th March Dance Resurrection by Nora Amin (Egypt);
20th March Music Piano and Violin Concert (Czech Republic);
21st March Dance Do Tone (Germany, Switzerland, Pakistan);
22nd March Play Soch by Bazelah Mustafa;
23rd March Play Shehr e Afsos (Ajoka Theatre);
24th March Play Power of Narrative (Palestine, Pakistan);
25th March Music Traditional Music (Iran);
26th March Dastangoi;
27th March Play Manto Mera Dost (Tehrik e Niswan);
28th March Play Mian Biwi aur Wagha (U.A.E);
29th March Play Hunm Thay Jinn ke Saharay;
30th March Play Old House (Larkana);
31st March Music La Koi Naghma Koi Saut.
Lighting – a dance piece on 16th of March, at 8PM!
Resurrection, a dance ritual on breathlessness, passion, oneness and survival on 19th March at 8 PM
Composition in Reality, an art form that reacts spontaneously to the current circumstances & works with them. On 21st March at 8PM
Animated ‘The Donkey King’ to be released on 19th Oct
ISLAMABAD: Animated movie “The Donkey King” will be released on the October 19 and the film follows the adventures of Mangu Mangu Jan Mangu, a daydreaming donkey who has aspirations to be more successful in life. Aziz Jindani is the director of the Donkey King.
Earlier, Talisman Studios has released a teaser trailer for its family-friendly CG animated feature The Donkey King.
Baig rubbishes rumors of making a bio-pic on Nazia!
KARACHI: Rumors making round here in the entertainment fraternity are that pop singer Nazia Hassan’s ex-husband Mirza Ishtiaq Baig is all geared up to make a film on her life.
According to the details, Nazia’s brother singer Zoheb Hassan had threatened to sue Ishtiaq upon doing so. Deliberating about the matter, Zoheb took to Twitter and posted, “Our family has come to know that Nazia’s ex-husband is trying to make a film on her life so he can feature himself and profit from her name and fame.”
The couple tied the knot in 1995 and had a son namely Arez Hassan. It has been considered that the pop star parted ways from her husband before her tragic demise. However, talking about their marriage, Ishtiaq asserted, “Nazia Hassan was my wife until her sad demise in London. Her death certificate confirms our marital status.”
Negating his claim Zoheb Hassan, while posting Nazia-Ishtiaq (April 2000) divorce certificate, stated on behalf of the family: “His (Ishtiaq’s) statements are as false and divisive as himself always trying to create a delusion in public that he is still married to our beloved Nazia so he can keep on gaining from her name and somehow eradicate how he mistreated her to her very last days”:
“Anyone entertaining this individual shall be duly and legally sued by our family as he has no legal right or basis to do so,” warned he.
On the other hand, rubbishing all such rumors pertaining to the movie, Baig stated, “I am too busy at the moment in my business and other engagements.”
“However, if ever plan to make one, I would announce it myself proudly and being her husband nobody can stop me from doing so.”
Nazia gained fame via a program titled Sung Sung aired on Pakistan Television’s (PTV) and became one of Pakistan’s most celebrated stars in the 70s and 80s.
Her award-winning and chartbuster track Aap Jaisa Koi, which she has sung at the age of 13 for an Indian flick entitled Qurbaani, made her a shining celebrity both at home and in South Asia.
She claimed a Filmfare Award and turned out to be the foremost Pakistani lady to win the prestigious accolade. Nazia along with her brother successfully managed to sell more than 60 million records worldwide. The duo released Disco Deewane in 1981, which went to the top of the chart.
Unfortunately, the Pakistani pop icon lost the battle of her life on 13th August, 2000, due to the lethal lung cancer at the age of only 35 in London.
Actor ‘Lehri’ remembered on his 6th death anniversary
ISLAMABAD: The sixth death anniversary of legendary Pakistani comedian Safirullah Siddiqui, also known as ‘Lehri’, was observed today.
Lehri was one of greatest comedians who made his name through his film career starting from the 1950s and lasted until the 1980s. He won the Nigar Award for around a dozen films.
Lehri’s first film “Anokhi” was released in 1956, and his last production was “Dhanak” in 1986. The vast majority of his films have been in Urdu, though he did perform in a few Punjabi productions.
Lehri retired in late 1986; after his retirement, his health started deteriorating. He died on 13 September 2012 in Karachi, aged 83, from lung, kidney diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart issues.
He had been under treatment and was on a ventilator due to prolonged illness in a private hospital at the time of his death.