MUMBAI: Sources privy to NPTV have been intimated that the book titled The Sensational Life and Death of Qandeel Baloch penned by journalist Sanam Maher has been shortlisted for India’s Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize 2018.
According to the details, the First Book Prize was initiated by the Shakti Bhatt Foundation back in 2008 to motivate writers from the sub-continent. The prize will be a cash award of INR200,000 along with a trophy.
Besides Sanam, five other authors have been shortlisted including:
Preti Taneja for We That Are Young,
Sujatha Gidla for Ants Among Elephants,
Deepak Unnikrishnan for Temporary People,
Aanchal Malhotra for Remnants of a Separation
and Shreevatsa Nevatia for How to Travel Light.
In the nomination pronouncement, Maher’s Qandeel Baloch is described as, “a testimony to the short, incandescent and courageous life of this Pakistani social media personality, murdered for the family’s honor by her brother. Through the story of Qandeel’s life and death, Maher shows us what it means to be a woman who defies convention in a patriarchal society.”
Name of the prize winner will be revealed in the month of November 2018.
A relevant piece published earlier:
KARACHI: The book on social media sensation Qandeel Baloch (late) is set to hit the shelves on May 10, 2018. According to the details, the book titled The Sensational Life & Death of Qandeel Baloch is penned by journalist and author Sanam Maher. So as to reveal the news, the author took to Twitter and posted, “Bumper week for work announcements from me: So hello! She’s here – cover reveal! A story that has taken over my life for the last 2 years — a story not just about #QandeelBaloch, but about the place that created her and ultimately found that it had very little room for her.” The book harbors the life narrative of the 26-year-old model, named Fauzia Azeem, who became the foremost social media celebrity by posting her controversial videos. She was considered Pakistan’s Kim Kardashian and slain by her own brother in the name of honor eventually. It is pertinent to mention here that the suspects namely Mufti Qavi, Aslam Shahid and Abdul Basit involved in her murder are yet to be indicted in the case whereas, our law and enforcement bodies have not brought the culprits to justice even after around two years of her death. (Aiman Inam) (Published on 7th April 2018)
Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch’ to be restored – live
AMSTERDAM: Like watching paint dry? Soon art lovers will be able to watch one of the world’s most famous paintings being restored live and online.
Rembrandt’s masterpiece “The Night Watch” will undergo a years-long, multi-million-euro overhaul at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum under the full gaze of the public, its general director said on Tuesday.
The unique project starting in July 2019 will let art lovers see behind the normally secretive process as the Dutch master’s 1642 tableau is brought back to its full glory.
“The Night Watch by Rembrandt is one of the most famous paintings in the world and we feel we have to preserve it for future generations,” Rijksmuseum General Director Taco Dibbits told the Media.
“Over two million people a year come to see The Night Watch, it’s a painting that everybody loves, and we feel that the world has the right to see what we will do with it.”
The last major restoration work was carried out 40 years ago after a mentally ill man slashed the painting with a knife.
Since then experts have noticed a white haze appear on parts of “The Night Watch”, especially in the area around the knife damage, where it is bleaching out the figure of a small dog.
Fawad for measures to preserve dying arts in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain Friday directed the Lok Virsa authorities to develop a substantial plan envisaging concrete measures to preserve and document the dying arts in Pakistan.
Speaking at a briefing during his visit to Lok Virsa he said that preservation of dying art was imperative to promote indigenous culture and enable the new generation to establish a connection with the history and cultural heritage. He said that Pakistan had a distinct and unique culture and the government would continue to facilitate and patronize its promotion by forging coordination both at federal and provincial levels.
Fawad also emphasized the need to reach out to the local artists at every nook and cranny of the country, with a view to encourage and engage them by providing avenues to exhibit their artworks and performances. He directed Lok Virsa to devise a programme for holding a competition among the local artists for providing them with opportunities to excel and get recognition at the national level.
The Executive Director, Lok Virsa briefed the Minister about the holding of annual Lok Mela Festival. The minister appreciated the event as a great source of festivity and creative expression proposed each that all the provinces should celebrate their cultural week at the premises of Lok Virsa by displaying their diverse art, music, and handiwork. He said that such events and festivals should be held more frequently so that artists from all parts of the country could get more chances to perform and exhibit their work.
The minister directed the management to consolidate their proposal by establishing liaison with the provincial cultural departments in regards to holding a three-day Lok Mela in provincial capitals of the country. Chaudhry Fawad Hussain also underlined the need to strengthen marketing and sales section of Lok Virsa with a view to make it profit earning and self-sustaining institute. Earlier, the minister on arrival visited Virsa Museum and witnessed its various sections.
Noon Meem Rashid’s death anniversary being observed today
ISLAMABAD: Death anniversary of Nazar Mohammed Rashid (Noon Meem Rashid), pioneer of new style and father of modernism in Urdu literature, is being observed today.
Noon Meem Rashid was born on 1910 at Village Kot Bhaaga, Gujranwala, Punjab. He was commonly known as Noon Meem Rashid.
He was an influential Pakistani poet of modern Urdu poetry. Rashid served for the UN and worked in many countries.
He is considered to be the father of Modernism in Urdu Literature. He rebelled against the traditional form of ‘ghazal’ and became the first major exponent of free verse in Urdu Literature, PTV news reported.
His first book of free verse, Mavra, was published in 1940 and established him as a pioneering figure in free form Urdu poetry.
He retired to England in 1973 and died in a London hospital in 1975. His poem Zindagi sey dartey ho was set to music in the 2011 Bollywood movie, Peepli Live.