Hamara Karachi Festival

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 City Naib Nazim Nasreen Jalil, the first female Naib Nazim in the history of Karachi talks to Citypulse about the aims and objectives of the festival as how it is being coordinated and put together for the people of Karachi.

Who conceived the idea of organising ‘Hamara Karachi’ festival?

The City District Government Karachi (CDGK) wanted to celebrate the platinum jubilee of the KMC building. When the idea was discussed, it spread like wild fire in the entire city. Everyone we spoke to about the celebrations was so excited about it. Suggestions were pouring in from everywhere, so we told everybody to bring in their proposals and go ahead with their preparations. Also, we set up the Hamara Karachi Foundation, so that the management of funds and activities could be transparent.

Different individuals, forums, associations, artistes, government departments, private companies, heads of civil society organisations, renowned personalities belonging to art and culture besides high-ranked officials came forward to celebrate different programmes as part of festival. For instance, Bilal Maqsood came forward with an idea of musical concert for those who could not afford to pay the huge tickets of concerts held at five star hotels or private clubs. Similarly, Rahim Shah, Najam Shiraz and other popular stars were contacted, and with their own willingness and support of other companies as many as eight concerts were held in the under-privileged areas of the city.

While maintaining the spirit of Karachi, no one has been left out and hence handicapped people are also involved in the celebrations with the same enthusiasm. A grand entertainment show for special children was held at Hill Park. The CDGK is holding two functions of its own as part of the festival. These are Family Festival at Safari Park and a Shopper’s Festival at Kashmir Road. The UC’s Towns are also holding programmes on their own in their respective jurisdiction. I must say every quarter started coming up with ideas of holding different programmes as part of the festivities.

Thus, a small celebration became a grand festival. Even today, we are getting fresh offers at all level for adding more programmes to the festival. Everybody irrespective of his class and creed wants to be part of the fair and contribute his bit. The budget is running in millions and different multi-nationals, banks, institutions, individuals, Sindh Government, the Governor and the Chief Minister are facilitating the CDGK in making the festival a success.

What is the objective of the festival?

The objective of celebrations is to promote peace and harmony amongst citizens of different religions, sects and multi-lingual population to surface cultural and inherited assets, to highlight the historical and cultural identity of Karachi, to renovate historical places of metropolis and make every citizen realise that he owns Karachi. Hamara Karachi is meant for the people of metropolis while reflecting a soft image of Karachi.

How many events are planned?

Initially, some 54 events were planned during 13-day event. But now, the number is increasing day-by-day. The actual number of events can only be counted after the festival is over.

Will this festival be made a permanent annual feature?

Inshallah, by the grace of God and with the help of Karachiites, we will make it a permanent feature. Since it is a tremendous success so far, we look forward to organise it every year. The festival has also proved to provide good opportunities to Karachiites to relax from ‘frets and fevers’ of the busy life and enjoy what Karachi is known for – the lights and delights.

Karachiites are looking forward to a much brighter and more affluent year 2007. Taking this into account, the City District Government Karachi (CDGK) has initiated a very successful and much appreciated campaign ‘Hamara Karachi’. The programme, which was initially planned to celebrate the platinum jubilee of the old KMC building, has turned into a huge festival. Being one of its kind, the festival has gained a lot of attention and much consideration by all segments of Karachi’s population. The festival depicts a positive and softer image of Karachi, besides attempting to revive the culture and history of the city. It has also provided a platform of unity for people belonging to various sects, caste and creed
 

Nothing could have been much better than ‘Hamara Karachi’ festival after all what Karachiites faced in the year 2006. Broken roads, the aftermath of the rains, the traffic mess, power failures, law and order situation, the never-ending construction of flyovers and underpasses were enough to wreck the nerves of the citizens.

Thanks to 2007 that the year started off with lots of hustle-bustle across the city putting an end to the entire twinge, which the citizens faced last year. The festival has enhanced all the brighter sides of Karachi and has brought people belonging to different culture, languages and classes to the one and only identity of being a Karachiite. With lights, posters and banners, one can see something happening in each Town of the city. Apart from this, it is an opportunity to highlight the socio-cultural characteristics that can play an imperative role in the development of the metropolis.

The campaign kicked off from January 6, 2007 and will end its journey on January 18. It embraced about 54 events to take place at different locations in the city. Though, the programme is the brainchild of CDGK, its officials term it as an event organised by the people for the people of Karachi.

Out of the so far 54 events the eye catching and thrilling ones were:

Platinum Jubilee of old KMC building

A colourful display of fireworks was the most spectacular event held at the old KMC building. The Karachi Municipal Corporation (KMC) Building is one of the many historic buildings located at M. A. Jinnah road and has evolved an iconic status as one of the landmark structures of Karachi. The foundation stone for the KMC Building was laid in 1927, construction was completed in 1930, followed by the inauguration in 1932. On January 07, 2007, CDGK decided to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Building. On this occasion the building went through a massive renovation project, which included repairing of the Clock tower.

Music for everybody

Karachi seems to be lucky when we talk about music as it has got a lot of fantastic voices. The popular singers because of their excellent vocals have fans spread all over the city. ‘Hamara Karachi’ provided a chance to all those fans, who were unable to attend their favourite concerts due to assorted reasons. Concerts by Rahim Shah in Malir on January 8 and in Orangi Town on January 12, Najam Shiraz in Baldia Town on January 11 and Strings at Shah Faisal on January 13 gave an opportunity to young and old alike to see and listen to these rocking stars performing live in front of them. 16 students of Ismaili Hunza Band, led by Nisar and Azmat Ali played lovely tunes at the premises of the old KMC Building. No one ever imagined of attending Opera performance in Karachi but ‘Hamara Karachi’ actually made it happen on January 12, while letting the citizens know that every entertainment is possible to happen in Karachi.

Theatre comes to Karachi

Historical and traditional theatres are losing their importance in Karachi and in order to revive its significance, a stage play entitled ‘Azadi Kay Mujrim’ started on January 9 in connection with ‘Hamara Karachi’ festival at Khaliq Dina Hall. The play details out the trial of Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar and his comrades. The Khilafat Movement, forbidding Muslims to be enrolled in the British army, had carried out the trial in 1921 in Karachi in the wake of adoption of a resolution. Under the trial Maulana Muhammad Ali, Shaukat Ali, Husain Ahmad Madni and three others had been awarded two years rigorous imprisonment. The stage play has veteran artists including Munawwar Saeed (acted as Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar), Qazi Wajid, Mahmood Ali, Gulab Chandio, Malik Anokha and M. Warsi. The theatre show would continue everyday till Jan 18 at the same venue.

Food on the streets

How can Karachiites miss out on food. Apart from entertainment, food has also been an area of great concern for people of this city and thus all the streets having various eating outlets decided to turn them into Food Streets for a week. The mouth-watering continental, Chinese and Italian are equally enjoyable in addition to the popular fast food. Food Street is a perfect outing for families during the ‘Hamara Karachi’ festival as one can see both the bunches of males and females sitting and eating till midnight in a congenial and friendly environment without worrying for anything else than just to enjoy food.

 

Karwaan-e-Karachi: A podium for children

Children are like radiant stars for every nation and efforts should be made to educate or endow them with passable knowledge. And to fill this gap Karawaan-e-Karachi, a children festival was arranged at the KMC building on January 14 under the auspices of ”Hamara Karachi” giving an opportunity to the children of this city to learn as well as to enjoy the day as it is predestined for them.

Karachi — a mini-nursery of cricket

Sports are an integral part of most of the celebrations in society. ‘Hamara Karachi’ festival is no exception in this regard. The festivities are marked by a considerable number of sports activities and events like cricket, badminton, tennis, boxing, donkey cart and cycle race. Some indoor sports like carom, snooker and table tennis took place on a smaller scale. Since cricket is the most popular game in Pakistan as also in Karachi, which is called the mini-nursery of cricket in entire Asia. Yes, the match between Showbiz Eleven and City Naib Nazim Eleven at National Stadium Karachi enthralled all the attendants. It was a double joy for the spectators, as on the one hand, they got a glimpse of their favourites showbiz personalities on the field, and other hand, it was well-played and good scoring encounter, which can be gauged from the fact that a total of around 350 runs were scored by both the teams. The added charm of the match was that it was played under floodlight in somewhat chilly weather. Speaking at the prize distribution ceremony, City Nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal said that the ‘Hamara Karachi’ festival is aimed at instilling harmony among Karachiites and bridging the gap between different segments of society through interactive activities like sports. “Hamara Karachi literally means ‘Our Karachi’ and everyone living here is a Karachiite irrespective of his class and creed and should react in a similar way,” he added.

 

2nd Science Teaching seminar

The ‘2nd Science Teaching and Competition’ seminar was held at a local hotel in coordination with CDGK, Happy Home Secondary School and Concordia Forum of UK. Besides Karachi, the teachers of 45 schools of other cities had set up 45 stalls at the seminar, where practical demonstrations on various scientific subjects including Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Information Technology were carried out. It was stressed by the Naib Nazim that instead of hotels, scientific seminars and workshops should be organised at places, which are accessible to common people specially to students of government schools, who could benefit from scientific information. She described attainment of Information Technology as need of the hour and said that CDGK is paying special attention to it.

 

Painting the city with colours

With reference to ‘Hamara Karachi’ celebrations, a painting competition was held among street children near Gizri Progressive School under the aegis of Majmua Art Gallery in which over 50 children took part. Of the total number of paintings, 50 were selected and displayed at Children Festival held on January 13 and 14 at KMC Building.

 

Film fiesta

The trend of going to cinema to watch a movie has been set forth and now various steps can be taken to assure that this drift does not fades out. In this context, film festival for three days has been arranged to keep the cinemagoers entertained. Different movies are shown free, at nine cinema houses. Free passes/tickets could be obtained from UC Nazims.

Kolkata Mayor Subrata Mukhrjee and his wife, New Delhi Municipal Corporation Chairperson Sindhushree Khullar, Houston State Council Member M.J. Khan and his delegation would attend the main events of the platinum jubilee celebrations of the old KMC building, ‘Hamara Karachi Festival’ that will start from January 6.

City Naib Nazim Nasreen Jalil announced this at a press conference at her office Wednesday. Jalil said that the main purpose of organizing such events was to bring the citizens closer and create harmony and peace. The main programs would be held at the KMC building on January 16, 17 and 18.

President General Pervez Musharraf had appreciated the CDGK’s plans for the festival and hoped that it would be successful, she said. She praised multinational corporations for participating, and said that the Pakistan Post Office was issuing commemorative stamps to mark the completion of 75 years of the KMC Building.

Some programs would be held at town administration and union council levels on January 10, 11, 12 and 13. A play “Azadi Key Mujrim” (Criminals of Freedom) would be presented at Khaliqdina Hall from January 9 to January 18 (tentative dates). During the festival, 54 programs and events would be held across the city. Some of the important programs are: Indo-Pak Musharia at Annu Bhai Park on January 6, display of archival material at KMC Building from January 16 to 18, visits of historical buildings from January 8 to 18, polo match at Malir Cantt on January 14, a film festival at nine cinema houses from January 6 to 12, a film festival at the Arts Council from January 14 to 18, food streets from January 8 to 18 at Burns Road, Hasan Square, North Nazimabad, Korangi, Landhi, an interfaith evening at the KMC Building on January 16 that would be attended by Hindus, Christian and Parsis, a Military Police Rider show, a Sindh Cultural Show at Expo Center on January 16 to 18, a women’s convention and workshop at PC on January 9.

The foundation stone of the KMC Building was laid on December 14, 1895. The construction work was completed on December 31, 1930. It was formally inaugurated on January 7, 1932.

Kolkata Mayor Bhattacharya Ranjan, who arrived here to participate in ‘Hamara Karachi’ celebrations, said that such events would bring the people of the two countries closer. Ranjan commended the efforts of the City District Government Karachi for preserving the old buildings of the city which have historical importance and was impressed by the hospitality accorded to him and other officials from India. “I have found Karachi a very interesting city,” he observed.

KARACHI: The ‘Hamara Karachi’ ceremonies commenced in various towns of the city on completion of 75 years of the construction of the old KMC building on Saturday.

A splendid display of fireworks at the old KMC building was also witnessed by a large number of people.

In this connection, a “Second Science Teaching and Competition Seminar” was held at a local hotel in coordination with the city government, Happy Home Secondary School and Concordia Forum of UK.

Besides, teachers of 45 schools of other cities had also set up stalls at the seminar in which practicals were demonstrated on various scientific subjects, including Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Information Technology.

City Naib Nazim Nasreen Jalil on this occasion underlined the need to inculcate the knowledge of science among the youth and added that seminars should also be held in this regard.

She pointed out that it is necessary to acquire knowledge regarding the information technology as it is the need of the hour.

The speakers included Fatima Surraya Bajia, Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai, and others.

Under the Hamara Karachi festival, a Mushaira was organised at the Annu Bhai Park, and Qawwali was held in Landhi town.

In this regard, Sindh Minister for Environment Dr Sagheer Ahmed said that collective awareness about environmental pollution among people must be given top priority during the Hamara Karachi festivities.

He said that the Haq Parast leadership brought city’s lost glories back, and the event would prove conducive to promoting its better image at the international level.

Meanwhile, events in connection with the Hamara Karachi campaign will start in SITE Town from January 11, while a musical show will also be held at the Fire Brigade Ground at 7pm.

Prominent singers including Rahim Shah, Strings Band and others will perform at the show.

The SITE town Nazim has issued special directives to UC Nazims and DTO Sanitation for maintaining cleanliness in the town during the event. Free entry pass can be obtained from UC Nazims.

Nov 28: Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad on Tuesday announced plans to organise a platinum jubilee festival of the City District Council building (old KMC Building) on completing 75 years in January 2007. The celebrations named ‘Hamara Karachi’ (Our Karachi) will start from January 7 in all 18 towns of the city and peak with three days of central festivities to be held in the old KMC building premises on January 16, 17, and 18 before its grand final on the 20th, he added.

Governor Ibad, who was addressing a press conference along with Naib Nazim of the City District Nasreen Jalil in the Darbar Hall of the Govenor’s House, said the festival would help to further boost the image of Karachi and Pakistan. He suggested the festival be made an annual feature and it is turned into an affair that becomes the identity of Sindh. He pointed out that by mid-January the on-going development work on three flyovers, three under-passes and the renovated Kothari Parade and Bin Qasim Park in Clifton would be completed and be ready for inauguration by President Musharraf.

The Governor said that the festival, which would be spread over a fortnight, colourful events would include the display of unique products of all districts like bangles from Hyderabad, tiles and woodwork from Hala and etc to introduce these products to people who did nor have an opportunity to visit other districts. On this occasion heritage and historic buildings would be illuminated. He said the sea festival would also be revived to make it a regular annual feature of the city.

Giving details of the festivities plan Naib Nazim Nasreen Jalil said that the purpose of commemoration of the festival was to project the identity of Karachi and introduce the culture of the people who were living and settled here and create harmony and love among them and also highlight culture and civilisation of different people who had made the city their home. She pointed out that although each one of us living in the city had a sense that Karachi was his own city but there was need to project this feeling.

The Naib Nazim said President Musharraf had appreciated the idea of “Hamara Karachi” festival and agreed to participate in the celebrations. She said the festival was not the show of any particular institution, city or provincial government but of all Karachiites who had joined hands to beautify the city and project a good image of Karachi abroad.

She said a special cell had been set up to enrol the names of those citizens who wanted to participate in different competitions like poetry, paintings, posters, elocution competition, bands and musical events of the celebrations. A drama series, “Azadi Ka Mujrim” would also be staged for 10 days at Khaliqdina Hall in which the back ground of the trail of Maulana Mohammad Ali Johar would be depicted.

Different competitions among students had begun in all government and private schools and selected students would participate in the festivities final competition. School bands would play at main arteries in all towns while special functions were being organised at the zoo and Safari Park for children besides a children festival in the old KMC building premises. Fireworks every night would also be a part of the festival. The traditional food centre, Burns Road, would be made more attractive by turning it into a fortnight food street.

She said the festival’s events would be sponsored by multi-national companies.