“The work of an artist is to spread love.” Said Nadeem Baig at Karachi Literarture Festival.
Last day of Karachi Literature Festival started off with a Video competition “Making Change in Pakistan: What Works, and What doesn’t”. where the judges were SarmadKhoosat, Nadeem. FParacha, and ParvezHoodbhoy.
The session “Celebrating Faiz” in which Adeel Hashmi took the opportunity to recite poetry to pay homage to his grandfather and master poet, Faiz Ahmed Faiz. ZehraNigah shared her views on how simple Faiz was, she mentioned that “he was very patient and was known as man of peace, he never even complain about his imprisonment nor his loneliness”.
The session “The Future of Pakistan’s Creative’s: Film, Fashion, and Music” led by dynamic and charismatic women of our Industry including Mansha Pasha, Pakistani drama artist;Maheen Karim, A fashion designer and none other than Zeb Bangash, who has touched the souls of many people across the globe with her voice. The session included the discussion about the evolution of Pakistani Film Industry and the panelists also highlighted the issue of women empowerment in our society and that the only purpose of woman is not to get married, there is more to life than that.
The concluding session on the theme followed this year by KLF which was partition and 7o years of Independence “The Birth of Two Nations” was started with a question posed by Mr. Harris Khaliqueto the panelists including Ayesha Jalal, Sayeed Hasan Khan, Sardar Mohammad Masood Khan, and Roger Long, was “Was partition a birth of two nations or the birth of two states? And the very reason why I am asking this question is that this even conflicts with the notion of Two Nation Theory.? The conversation started in response to this opening question in which Professor Jalal in her contribution to the discussion mentioned that “In this case the idea of Muslim nationalism was raised on behalf of all Indian Muslims but this Pakistani homeland, the homeland that was created did not include all the Muslims of India. Hindu and Muslims got distorted in that prism of partition and ended up with two nation states India and Pakistan which split the Muslims between these two entities.” The session cponcluded when all the panelists justifying by one or another mean agreed that it was a birth of two states rather than two nations. Mr. Hasan Sayeed Hasan to further strengthen his point said that “Partition was rather a birth of three nations”, not to forget the fall of Bangladesh. Robert Long says, “Jinnah kept the definition of Pakistan vague and it came to mean different things to many people.”
On the last day of KLF 11 books were launched including “Dear Heart: To Faiz in Prison, 1951-1955 and Over My Shoulder by AlysFaiz , Daddy’s Boy by ShandanaMinhas, FasanaRaqamKarain by MujahidBarelvi, Love in Chakiwara and Other Misadventures by Bilal Tanweer, Those Children by ShahbanoBilgrami, Ajmer Sharif: Awakening of Sufism in South Asia by ReemaAbbasi, The Pakistan Anti-Hero: History of Pakistani Nationalism through the Lives of Iconoclasts by Nadeem F. Paracha, Interpreting Islam, Modernity, and Women’s Rights in Pakistan by Anita M. Weiss, Hybrid Tapestries: The Development of Pakistani Literature in English by MuneezaShamsie, and Hindustan kiMauseequi by Abdul Halim Sharar.
“Partition: Drawing Borders in Blood” the story that how a family that was separated at Partition and its aftermath and was reunited because of the publication of the book by Ishtiaq Ahmed called the Punjab Bloodied, Partitioned, and Cleansed was narrated. Harbhajan Kaur’s/ShehnazBegum the lady whose son Rizwan from whom she was separated, both were present at the session and were introduced to the audience.
On the lighter side of KLF, viral sensation Syed Shafaat Ali engaged the audience in the main garden with his witty jests. Around 200,000 people attended KLF this year which was an achievement unlocked for the whole KLF team. AmeenaSaiyidManaging Director, Oxford University Press, and Founder/Director, Karachi and Islamabad Literature Festivals, in her closing ceremony speechthanked everyone for contributing towards the success of this event. She specifically thanked all the speakers and performers who set the underlying theme of the Festival. “Whether you have travelled all the way from Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Bangladesh, the UK, US, India, or Maldives, or other parts of Pakistan; or you have commuted from somewhere within this Karachi: thank you for being here to inspire and enlighten all of us”, she said. “This is not the end but the beginning of another wonderful adventure, the preparation for the next Islamabad Literature Festival to be held at Margalla Hotel on 14, 15, and 16 April 2017 and the Karachi Literature Festival London in partnership with Bloomsbury Pakistan and Southbank Centre London on 20 May 2017. With an unparalleled creative culture and diverse communities, London is the ideal city for KLF to launch itself outside Pakistan. KLF London will offer a unique and inclusive experience at a mainstream venue. We plan to celebrate Pakistan’s 70 years of creation and complex history and culture through its literature and arts,” she added.
8thKlf ended with remarkable classical dance performance by ShaymaSaiyid and SuhaeeAbro, a concert by SaifSamejo and dhamaal by Sufi group