The Rhythms of Karachi

Posted on February 27, 2007
Filed Under >Adil Najam, Society, Travel
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Adil Najam

Since we are on a roll here in talking about Pakistani cities, I thought I would share with you this very interesting video on Karachi I saw posted on Karachi Metroblog. It is done by something called ‘Chai Panni Productions.’ Unfortunately I could not find much information about them (if anyone knows, lease share). I have titled the post as I have (instead of using the title ‘Dekh Magar Piyar Se’) because it struck me that his does capture the rhythms of Karachi so wonderfully and authentically. I like it for the same reason that I liked the video we had posted earlier on Nihari in Karachi. While I was not particularly impressed by the child reciting rote learned ashaar (because of the selection), but the pace and the sound, and the style made me think back fondly of the years I spent as a child in Karachi.

12 responses to “The Rhythms of Karachi”

  1. Moeen Bhatti says:

    Nice post.
    Adil: Its time you talk about Lahore too man. Afterall, Lore Lore Aai…its the heart of Pakistan…Jinae Lore nahi wekhia, au jamma hee nahi…I mentioned you earlier, there is a Lahore in Virginia…and you mentioned, there are like 2-3 Lahores in the US…regards

  2. Samdani says:

    Nicely done. Although I think some of the English music in the background could easily have been replaced by Pakistani numbers which would have given it a better feel.

  3. Adnan Ahmad says:

    Not bad. Often we forget how big a city this is.. to the extent that there are different dialects in different parts of the city. By the way, these kids didn’t go beyond 1/4the of the city; almost all of the footage is from defence, clifton, saddar and I.I.chundrigur road (the financial capital of the country). Places like gulshan, nazimabad, malir, pechs, north karachi, are a world in themselves.

  4. Farrukh says:

    Very nice.
    What I liked best was towards the end of the last one when different people say ‘karachi daikho magar piyar say”. There is great variety of people and accents and sometimes one forgets just how great a variety it is.

  5. iFaqeer says:

    Let’s see what we can find in terms of musical and literary tributes to Karachi (some covered on Pakistaniat, some not yet):

    Song:
    Shehron ki Dulhan (on one of Alamgir’s records)
    Bunder Road say Kiamari (most famously sung by Moin Akhtar)

    Literature:
    Karachi ki Kahani…

    Blogs:
    Karachi Metblog
    Karachi Flickr Group
    Posts on Pakistaniat:

    Please add. I have to admit I am looking at this as a way to collect iinfo we can put under a “Karachi in Popular Culture” section on the Wikipedia and WikiPakistan articles… [Of course,I’d like to do the same for other places in Pakistan, from Lahore to Mianwali; from Tando Allah Yaar to … Waziristan?]

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