Karachi (Culture)

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...

A Walk Through Karachi’s Old Town Quarters

A walk through Karachi’s Old Town quarters (established in 1729 as a fortified trading post). Conditions in 2011.

Karachi Density Study

More information on the Karachi Density Study can be found on www.urbandensity.org Download the compiled report here: IIED Density Study: 04 Cases of Housing in Karachi [PDF, 10.9MB]

The Hawkers of Saddar Bazaar

Saddar’s problems can only be solved as part of a larger city planning exercise that deals with the traffic and transport problems of the city in general and Saddar in particular. The hawkers and entertainers...

Karachi: Changes in Values and Lifestyles

Changes in the social values and lifestyles of the elite and middle classes in Karachi are all too visible; new cars, designer boutiques, fast food outlets, malls, expensive cafes, posh schools and universities in the...

Karachi: Past, Present and Future

Legend has it that Karrack Bunder was an important port on the Arabian Sea in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century. It handled the South Indian-Central Asian trade and was situated about forty kilometres...

Karachi: An aspect of Social Change

During the last decade the nature and type of people who visit the various recreational areas of Karachi like the Manora Beach, Sea View, Hill Park and various locations outside of Karachi such as Kalri...

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