Karachi (Culture)

The Churches, Temples, and Shrines of Karachi

This study was initiated by Arif Hasan in 1987 and was carried out until 2010. The research work was conducted by Architect Aqsa Mumtaz. She was assisted by an engineer, Abdul Hakim, from Arif Hasan’s...

The Future Of Karachi’s Saddar

For the past 30 years, the future of Empress Market and hence of Karachi’s Saddar has been a subject of debate among architects, planners, administrators and politicians. Some have proposed that the building should be...

City & Plans

THE recent demolitions of formal and informal businesses in Karachi have raised some important questions. What is a city? What are encroachments? What is culture and heritage and law? The city is where people live,...

Saddar Massacre

One of the reasons given for the demolitions is the protection of heritage. But heritage is not simply a dead colonial stone building. It is a living thing, enjoyment and a form of participation for...

Pakistan Quarters

JAMSHED Quarters, Martin East, Martin West, and Jahangir Quarters are all part of Karachi’s Pakistan Quarters that were built on state land for government servants at the time of Partition. They are located on the...

Where’s Empress Market?

KARACHI’S pre-Partition mayors and colonial administration placed most of our beautiful institutional and iconic buildings on the axis of important roads. As a result, these buildings, before pollution obscured them from view, could be seen...

Responding To The Transport Crisis In Karachi

Transport-related problems in Karachi have increased considerably in recent decades. Traffic congestion contributes to increased air and noise pollution, leading to health problems, high accident rates, and environmental degradation. It has also meant declining living...

M. A Jinnah Road (Part I)

1996 – Arif Hasan Initiated and supervised the photographic documentation of M. A. Jinnah Road. This was done to record Karachi’s built heritage which was being threatened by the elevated light-rail project through this historic artery of the city.

Band names & Line-ups collected from Facebook Group: Legendary Musicians of Karachi

Compiled By Nurjehan Mawaz-Khan Recorded bands from 1960 to 1970: The Moon-Glows ~ Ronnie Rangel (vocals), Norman D’souza (rhythm), Colin D’souza (saxophone), Dominic Fernandes (drums), Maxi (bass) The Bugs ~ Farooq Fatah (guitar), Ayaz Fatah (guitar),...

Karachi Music Scene

Compiled By Nurjehan Mawaz-Khan All parties, discos, weddings had live music with senior musicians. Musicians were mainly from the Christian community: Goans, Banagalorians, Madrassis- Anglo-Indians. The best schools and hospitals were run by the Christians- Lady...

Karachi’s Cinema Culture (1950 – 1980)

Compiled by Nurjehan Mawaz-Khan There was a hugely popular cinema culture in Karachi, especially between the 1950s and the 1980s. Cinemas were to be found in every locality – Saddar, Landhi, Orangi, Korangi, Malir, Mauripur,...

Karachi’s Demographic Change and its Social Repercussions

The most important statistics in a population census are related to the social indicators of the age group of between 15 and 24. This is because this age group represents both the present and the...

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