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Rehman Verma composed music for 27 Pakistani films

Before Pakistan came into being, a Jori (duo) became popular as music composers on the silver screen, namely Verma Ji & Sharma Ji. The word ‘Ji’ stood for Saheb (Mister) out of respect in Urdu/Hindi languages. Verma Ji opted to stay in Pakistan and ...

Pakistan's Barelvis – Transformation from peaceful to violent?

"Wahhabis are against any cultural pluralism, so they attack shrines, music festivals and other cultural centers that are not Islamic in their view," Dr. Mubarak Ali, a renowned Pakistani historian, told DW. The influence of Saudi Arabia had seeped into ...

Art and Music Festival Brings Joy to Islamabad

The festival was filled with art installations by art students from various national universities, stalls that sold crafts from all over Pakistan, and food stalls. A bonfire and a stage for music to rock the night sat at the heart of it all. The festival ...

Levi’s Live’s seventh session keeps the momentum rolling for live music

He has steadily built himself as a playback singer in India with his distinctive vocals and continues to perform nationwide in Pakistan. Keeray Makoray’s debuted in 2010 and has been producing original music ever since. The progressive rock band ...

How the decline of Pakistani film music led to the rise of ghazals and pop

The Pakistani film industry and film music have had their peak period: both flourished between the early 1950s and the mid-1970s and then both went into decline and atrophied. There has been a revival of Pakistani films of late but not of film music.

Once a mighty political force, the Pakistan People’s Party is struggling to make a comeback

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — It seemed like a moment from ­another era. Thousands of exuberant supporters gathered in a field outside the capital on a chilly evening last week, dancing to music, waving banners and cheering loudly as leaders from the Pakistan ...