Wednesday, December 15, 2010

'Jadon Holi Jaie Lena Mera Naa': A Tribute to Madam Noor Jahan - - 10th Death Anniversary on December 23, 2010

The tenth death anniversary of Melody Queen, Noor Jehan (Noor Jahan), will be observed on December 23. Subcontinent’s legendary singer died on December 23, 2000, in Karachi after prolonged illness at the age of 74.

Noor Jehan (Noor Jahan), born as Allah Wasai on September 21, 1926, also known as Malika-e-Tarrannum (Queen of Melody) in Pakistan. She sung more than 30,000 songs in Pakistani and Indian films. “

(For detailed biography read the following article:

The Queen of Melody (Mallika-e-Tarranum): Noor Jehan - - One of The Greatest Singers of Her Time in South Asia)

National TV channel PTV and almost all private TV channels and radio stations will pay tribute to the singing legend of subcontinent. Different organisations have also planned to observe the death anniversary of Madam Noor Jehan in different cities of Pakistan.  

One of my favourite songs 'Jadon Holi Jaie Lena Mera Naa' ..... by Madam Noor Jehan (Noor Jahan)

Proud Being a Pakistani - - World Record Set by 19 Female Students by Fitting into a Two-door Small Car

After a winning gold medal in the 16th Asian Games, concluded only last month, the girls of Pakistan are feeling proud and enthusiastic; thus bringing another world record to the honour of Pakistan.

Nineteen young girls at the Creek Cub in Karachi managed to fit into a two-door small car in hopes of recording their names in the Guinness Book of World Records.

The whole accomplishment was witnessed by few important personalities like speaker of Sindh Assembly Nisar Khoro and former cricketers Wasim Akram and Saleem Yousuf; other than a huge gathering of people.

These nineteen female students broke the record set by Australians by fitting 18 females into the same type of car. All the formalities have been done already to get the record booked in the Guinness Book of World Records.

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas 2010 in Pakistan - - Celebrations of Colours, Lights, Songs and Special Services in Churches

Pakistan is a very diverse society with various ethnic and religious minorities. Christianity is the second largest religion in Pakistan which comprises of 2.5 percent of total Pakistan population. 

Although Pakistan is an Islamic country, but Christmas in Pakistan is the main festival of the 5 millions Christians in Pakistan and is celebrated with religious fervour and enthusiasm like any other minority festival. Christmas also brings forth the various traditions and customs of Christmas celebrations in Pakistan.

As soon as the Christmas is around the corner, the faithful Christian community start to feel the spirit of Christmas. Whether Protestant or Catholic, they start to decorate their churches for Sunday mass. In Christian schools and institutions evenings are delighted with music and plays.

In Warispura vicinity, the largest Christian community in the surroundings of Faisalabad, Christians start decoration of houses and streets. Christmas trees go up in people's homes and new clothes are bought for children. Multicolour stars brighten rooftops. 

Exchanging gifts and presents is an old tradition and the same is observed at the time of Christmas. Christmas is a time for charities to help the poor, the sick and those in prison. Traditionally, gents give glass bangles to ladies of their family. Women, on the other hand, use ‘Henna’ to create traditional hand and foot decorations known as mehndi.

In schools, month of December is thought to be the month for third term exams, but in Christian Schools these exams are often concluded in November or the first week of December so that the rest of the month can be spent in Christmas preparations and celebrations. Students need the time to rehearse for the Nativity play, usually staged on the last days of school of December 20 or 21 before Winter break.

At Midnight and Christmas Day mass churches are full. Those who do not visit the church during the rest of the year; do not miss to attend special services on the Christmas. Christmas is known as Bara Din, the great day, when people put on their brightest clothes to meet others in an atmosphere of brotherhood.

Since December 25 is a national holiday in Pakistan non Christians celebrate it too for it was on his day in 1876 that Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founding father of Pakistan, was born.


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Monday, November 29, 2010

Benazir Bhutto: Assassination 27th December 2007 - - Proceedings in The Investigation Process During 2010, Pervez Musharraf Included Recently

Bhutto was assassinated Dec 27, 2007 after addressing an election rally in the northern Pakistani city of Rawalpindi. A teenaged shooter was seen aiming for her head in the CCTV footage before a powerful suicide blast killed at least 24 people participating in the rally.

The interior ministry at that time had accused the Taliban of plotting to kill Bhutto while the doctors had said that "her head banged against the lever of the sunroof which caused her death".

March, 2010:

UN chief Ban Ki-moon plans to give the panel probing the 2007 assassination of Pakistan’s ex-prime minister Benazir Bhutto until late March to complete its work, his spokesman said in a statement on Thursday.

April 15, 2010:

A long-awaited UN report into the killing of Pakistani politician Benazir Bhutto two years ago has been highly critical of the General Musharaff’s government of the day.

The 65-page report released Thursday (15 April 2010) faults the Pakistani government and local authorities and says that Bhutto's assassination at a rally near Islamabad could have been prevented if proper security measures had been taken by General Pervez Musharraf's government.

April 21, 2010:

Terming Benazir Bhutto's death as murder, the Legal advisor to Benazir's chief protocol officer has alleged that the present Interior Minister Rehman Malik and current Law Minister Babar Awan were involved in Benazir's assassination.

May26, 2010:

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Wednesday presented an interim challan in the case regarding the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in an anti-terrorist court.

July 9, 2010:

The United Nations dismissed the proposal of reopening of the independent probe into the assassination of former Pakistan premier Benazir Bhutto as the the work is "complete."

Oct 26, 2010:

The Federal Investigation Agency has completed its probe into the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and held the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan responsible for her death in a gun-and-bomb attack, sources in the FIA told Dawn on Monday.

Nov 15, 2010:

New findings in the Benazir Bhutto murder case investigation revealed that the suicide bombers and facilitators were all students of Madrassa Haqqaniya, and were constantly in direct contact with the Tehreek-i-Taliban Chief Baitullah Mehsud.

Nov 23, 2010: 
The government has decided to include former president and military dictator Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf in the investigation into the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

Federal Investigation Agency's (FIA) joint investigation team (JIT) has prepared a detailed questionnaire that will be forwarded to Musharraf in Britain in a few days, Dawn reported Tuesday.

Nov 24, 2010:

Pakistani Talk Show, Views On News 23 Nov 2010, with Dr. Shahid Masood as Host: New Twist in Benazir Murder Probe. Brig (R) Javed Cheema said today he was directed by former President Pervez Musharraf to do press conference on Benazir murder. Guests: Chaudhry Aslam (PPP), Ahmed Reza Kasuri (APML), Sr. Sher Afgan Niazi (APML), Dr. Safdar Abbasi (PPP)

Nov 29, 2010:

Former President Pervez Musharraf has refused to accept a questionnaire sent by Pakistani investigators to get his views on crucial issues related to former premier Benazir Bhutto's assassination in 2007, according to a media report.

Abida Parveen: A Versatile Singing Legend of Sub-continent - - Getting Back to The Life After Severe Heart Attack at Doctor's Hospital, Lahore

Abida Parveen: The Most Successful Female Sufi Performer

The Queen of Sufi Music Abida Perveen is a rarity in the world of Sufi music, a female lead performer. Abida Parveen is a singer of Sindhi descent and one of the foremost exponents of Sufi music (Sufiana kalaam). 

Abida Parveen is the finest singer of ghazal, geet and sindhi, seraiki and punjabi kafees. “While khayal and thumri became a part of her childhood training, her effective rendering of folk and traditional music with great sophistication and without losing the basic characteristics of the regional music of sindh has made her a versatile singer.”

Abida Parveen sings in Urdu, Sindhi, Seraiki, Punjabi and Persian, and together with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is considered one of the finest Sufi vocalists of the modern era.

Abida Parveen is undeniably a spiritual daughter of great poet, Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, the greatest sufi poet of Sindh. 

Abida Parveen: Early Life and Music Education

Abida Parveen (Urdu: پروين  عابده) was born in 1954  in mohalla Ali Goharabad in Larkana (Sindh province, Pakistan). Sindh, a land distinguished for its Islamic theology and quiet discourse on females.

Her father, whom she refers to as reverently as Baba Sain, was also a singer and had his own small music school where he taught only male pupils. He was devoted to the Sufi poets and that is from where Abida gets her devotional inspiration. For her the Sufi poets of Sindh and Punjab are the ones who speak of the inner truths of the self and in their poetry, where she finds solace and peace. As she was growing up, Abida attended her father’s music school and that was where her foundation in music was laid.

Master Ghulam Haider Khan, Parveen’s father, realized at early stages the penetrative powers of her voice.  Abida Parveen, as a child, had early education from her father, later she was trained under Ustad Salem Ali Khan of Patiala Gharana. Much of the credit of her grooming goes to her late husband Shaikh Ghulam Husain who was a music director of Radio Pakistan, Hyderabad. She has vastly travelled abroad enthralling her audiences wherever she goes.

Abida Parveen: Early Days of Music Career

Abida Parveen - a name shines brightly in the music galaxy of the sub-continent. Though she is a versatile singer, Sufi music is her forte - a tradition of hundreds of years that seems to have seeped into her very being and soul. She also sings ghazals, Urdu love songs. 

Hyderabad Radio first introduced her in 1977. She is today the most popular and well-known folk and ghazal singer of Pakistan who breathed a new life into ghazal and semi-classical music. She holds an audience of thousands spellbound. Her appearance is a complete reverse of many other stage performers. She begins each number as solemnly as the previous one as the evening progresses, sinking deeper and deeper into her kafi’s and Sufiana kalam of the mystic poets. She is a woman of very few words and asks to be judged only by her music. This folk phenomenon, called Abida Parveen, is deeply religious and profoundly humble.

Abida Parveen: A Versatile Singing Legend

Her command of kafi of sufi poets such as Hazrat Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, Hazrat Lal Shabaz Qalandar, Hazrat Sacchal Sarmast from sindh, and Hazrat Baba Bulhe Shah, Hazrat Khawja Farid Ganje Shakar, Hazrat Sultan Bahu, Hazrat Mian Muhammad Buksh, Hazrat Ghulam Farid, Hazrat Pir Mehr Ali Shah and Hazrat Shah Hussain from pujab embellishes her versatility. Apart from sufis of Pakistan, Parveen also sings mystic poetry of the Asian Indian subcontinent, which include sufis such as Hazra Amir Khusrau, Hazrat Nizamudin Auliya, Hazrat Kutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki, Hazrat Moinuddin Chishti and Hazrat Moulana Jalaluddin Roomi from Turkey.

Her contribution to singing Urdu Ghazals has been noteworthy. She has imported the feeling of a gushing stream to rendering of Urdu Ghazal. Eminent Urdu poet Kaifi Azmi has aptly remarked - "Abida Parveen has given new life to Ghazals - her rendition of spiritual Sufi songs has given new dimensions to the art of Kafi and Ghazal singing." 

Professor G.M. Mekhri of Sind University has rightly said that, “Abida Parveen is the spiritual daughter of Great Sufi Saint Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai. She is the truly blessed voice.” Abida has recorded all the poetry of Hazrat Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, an 18th century poet and composer who blended folk music and classical raga in a style known as kafi from his book called “Shah jo Risalo” according to their respective “Raags” which were also laid down by him. 

Enjoy her most popular "Yar Di Gharoli Bhardi" below:

Abida Parveen: Awards and Recognition

Few days back, Abida Parveen said that she has been getting many offers from Bollywood for singing but this is not the right time to debut in Indian Film Industry.

She has been bestowed many awards notable among them are:

* Shah Abdul Latif Gold Medal
* Sind Graduate Association Gold Medal
* Sachal Sarmast Gold Medal
* Pakistan Television Award
* Qalander Lal Shahbaz Gold Medal
* President's Gold Medal Award for Pride of Performances. 

Abida Parveen: Last Days at Doctor’s Hospital, Lahore

Abida Perveen was admitted at a local hospital after suffering chest pain yesterday (November 28, 2010).

Abida Perveen was admitted at a hospital in Lahore Sunday morning after she suffered a heart attack.

She underwent angioplasty and has been shifted to intensive care unit," the hospital doctors said.

The popular singer has now been out of danger and will be shifted to hospital room after 12 hours, they added.

But just now the TV channels are airing the news of the death of legendary Sufi Singer as on November 29, 2010 at the age of 56, inna Lillah-e-wa-inna Elaihai Rajaoon. May Allah bless her soul with peace and serenity! Ameen 

Death News Verification Note from Author

After searching for the authenticity of the death news of Abida Parveen aired on a Pakistani TV channel; I couldn't find any verification of the news on internet, other TV Channels and online newspapers. Therefore, I feel sorry to post this news without proper verification. Let's hope and pray for the health of legendary Abida Parveen. 

Just now I found a good news for the fans of Abida Parveen on Express News Channel. According to Dr. Haroon of Doctor's Hospital, Lahore; Abida Parveen is recovering from the heart attack and slowly getting stable. She will be hospitalized for 5-6 more days. May Allah bless her with sound health! Ameen.  

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Fourth Indigo Invitational Golf Tournament-2010 - - A Recreational Event Turning into Popular Sporting Activity in Pakistan

Fourth indigo Invitational Golf Tournament-2010 organized, by Mobilink, at Royal Palm Golf  & Country Club, Lahore. Mobilink, Pakistan’s market leader in cellular services and part of Orascom Telecom Holding, has been organizing the 18-hole tournament since three years; which is now becoming an attraction amongst the golfing fanatics from within the Mobilink-indigo customers. The basic aim of the tournament is to derive excitement and fun through friendly competition. 

More than 100 contestants participated in the golfing tournament; the ever increasing number of ladies golfers is a healthy sign. The contestants with significant performance were presented high-valued gifts from Mobilink.

The President & CEO Mobilink- Mr. Rashid Khan said; “The enthusiastic fervour displayed by golfing enthusiasts, from Lahore, in the Indigo Golf Tournament has made this recreational event into a popular sporting activity. Our aim through sponsoring these activities is to support such exciting events that engender social harmony and foster a participative spirit in the community.”

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Second Day Celebrations of Eid ul Azha - - Three Special Dishes, Everybody Would Love to Enjoy on Bakra Eid

Second Day Celebrations of Eid ul Azha:

Pakistanis celebrated the second day of Eid ul Azha with religious zeal and fervour today.

The process of slaughtering of animals began soon after Fajr prayers, shared animals were also slaughtered.

After the sacrifice, meat is distributed among the poor, neighbors and relatives. During the process of meat distribution, the old, young and children took great interest and enjoyed the practice.

Eid ul Azha is being celebrated with slaughtering animals and arranging parties for friends and relatives.

Three Special Dishes on The Feast of Eid ul Azha
  • Pepper Steak
  • Chapli Kabab
  • Beef/Mutton Pulao
Personally, I love these three dishes and love to enjoy especially on Bakra Eid (Eid ul Azha). I hope my readers will also give a try to these dishes using the recipes below.

  • Pepper Steak:


Beef 1/2 kilo (undercut)
Black pepper powder 1 table spoon
Mustard powder 1 tea spoon
Salt (to taste)
Ghee 2 table spoon
For the sauce
Vinegar 2 table spoon
Garlic 2 cloves (crushed)
Worcestershire sauce 1 table spoon
Salt (one pinch)
Margarine 1 table spoon 

Cooking Method:

1.      First spread the steaks on the cutting board and with a heavy knife pound it and spread it evenly then apply mustard pd, black pepper pd and salt over it and keep it aside.
2.      On 2 separate stoves keep 2 fry pans on it we can even alternate the frying pan with a big tawa.
3.      But the other pan should be smaller.
4.      On a high flame brown the steak for 1 minute on both sides each.
5.     In the other frying pan heat margarine, in that add garlic cloves, sauce, vinegar and salt and cook  it very nicely, when a strong steam oozes out of it then drizzle this over the steak.
6.     The steak should be served as soon as it is made.
7.     This is the way it tends to remain tasty.
  • Chapli Kabab:

  • 1 kilogram of Beef (Keema) (finely minced)
  • 1 tea spoon Red Chilli Powder (Pisi Lal Mirch) (crushed)
  • ½ tea spoon Black Pepper (Pisi Kaali Mirch) (coarsely ground)
  • 1 tea spoon Coriander (Dhania) (coarsely ground and roasted)
  • 1 tea spoon Cumin Seeds (Sufaid Zeera) (roasted and finely ground)
  • 4 Green Chillies (Hari Mirch) (finely chopped)
  • 1 medium Onion (finely sliced)
  • 4 Tomatoes (finely chopped)
  • 1 bunch of Fresh Mint Leaves (Podina) (finely chopped)
  • 1 bunch of Fresh Coriander Leaves (Hara Dhania)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 1 Egg
  • ½ cup Cooking Oil

Cooking Method:
  1. Mix all of the ingredients with minced beef and knead mixture well. Set aside for 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Take about 1 ¼ table spoons of meat mixture in your hand. Place it in center of palm. Roll it to form a smooth ball. Flatten the ball by pressing firmly between your palms. These Kabas should be a little bigger in size than usual round Kababs.
  3. Heat oil in frying pan. When oil gets hot lower heat and fry Kababs until done normally, up to the taste.  
  • Mutton/Beef Pulao:
  • Mutton/ Beef – 2 lb
  • Basmati Rice – 3 Cups
  • Onions(medium sized) – 2 chopped into pieces
  • Ghee(Clarified Butter) – 3 tablespoons
  • Tomatoes(medium) – 2 chopped into pieces of four
  • Green Chilies – 3 to 5
  • Garlic Paste – 1 tsp
  • Garlic – 1 big head
  • Cloves – 10
  • Black Pepper – 1 tsp
  • Cumin – 1tsp
  • Cashew Nuts - 12 to 15
  • Raisins - 10
  • Water – 4 and half cups of water
  • Oil – one third cup
  • Salt to taste

Cooking Method:
  1. Soak the rice in water for half an hour.
  2. Heat 1 tsp of ghee (clarified butter) in a pan and fry the cashew nuts and raisins. Keep aside.
  3. Take 4-1/2 cups of water in another big pan or pressure cooker. Add the mutton/beaf, the chopped onion (one), the chopped tomato(one), the cloves and the head of garlic.
  4. Cook for at least 30 minutes. If using beef then at least 45-50 minutes. The meat has to be tender (dig a fork into the meat and see if it goes through easily without breaking it, the indication being that it is cooked well). If using a pressure cooker keep cooking the lamb for 10-15 minutes after one steam in low heat and 20 for beef.
  5. All these above ingredients cooked with water will serve as the stock for the Pulao.
  6. In another big pan heat 2 tea spoons of ghee, the oil and then add the cumin seeds and the second onion finely chopped. Sauté till the onion takes on a yellowish/brownish hue and becomes a little pulpy.
  7. Add 1 tea spoon of garlic paste, the second tomato finely chopped and sauté them.
  8. Take out the meat and cook it with this pulp. Sprinkle the black pepper.
  9. Now bring the stock to a boiling point and then add the soaked basmati rice. Cook the whole thing in medium flame, stirring it with a spoon from time to time till it gets cooked and the water almost evaporates.(If the stock is not enough, add water as required when mixing with the rice).
  10. Once the water almost escapes add the cashew nuts and raisins and keep it aside covered with a lid for about 5 minutes more.
  11. Your Pulao is ready. Serve the delicious dish with Raita.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Sadqain: Pioneer of Islamic Calligraphy in Pakistan - - Coming at Gallery 6 on November 25, 2010

Good news for art lovers, specifically Sadqain lovers. He is coming back to Pakistan capital, Islamabad, through his famous artwork. Sadqain, the great artist, calligrapher, poet and intellectual passed away in 1987 at the age of 57.

Sadqain Foundation San Diego, California, joins hands with Gallery 6 to organize the exhibition on 25th November. Organizers of Gallery 6 specially invited Sadqain Foundation on the launch of two new books on the legendary artist Sadqain. The two books to be launched, The Legend of Sadqain – Renaissance of Calligraphic Art in Pakistan Mystic Expressions by Sadqain, and present a rich collection to document the related works of Sadqain.

Sadqain Foundation has to exhibit 24 limited edition of oil on canvas giclee prints will also be a part of exhibition at the gallery. These giclee prints have been made in the USA and are high quality reproductions of the Master’s works including those that were painted by Sadqain while living in foreign countries and have never been seen or documented in Pakistan or elsewhere before. These giclee prints will be offered for sale at very reasonable price in pursuance of the Charter of the Foundation. All pieces of artwork offered by the SF are registered and copyright protected by the United States Library of Congress and they carry the Foundation’s seal, serial number and date.

Read Full Article About Sadqain on the link below:

Sadqain: A Legendary Artist And Calligrapher - - Untraditional, Self-made And Self-taught Artist

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Eid ul Azha (Eid al-Adha) 2010 - - Recent Review of Prices of Sacrificial Animals in The Cattle Markets of Islamabad/Rawalpindi and Lahore

"It is not their meat nor their blood that reaches Allah; it is your piety that reaches Him." (Qur'an 22:37)

Eid ul Azha (Eid al-Adha) is coming and coming with a bang. Common man is already licking the wounds of soaring prices of petrol, utilities bills and kitchen items ranging from vegetables to sugar and spices. In the present scenario; it’s quite difficult for people to welcome the big event of Eid ul Azha (Eid al-Adha) with the religious zeal and fervour. People all around the country are complaining about the sky-high prices of sacrificial animals in the urban areas, as well as, in rural areas. 

There are two factors contributing towards the low interest of purchasing animals for sacrifice on Eid ul Azha (Eid al-Adha):

  • The increasing prices of animals, as every body knows, and
  • The decreasing purchasing power of a common man, as 90% of people are suffering due to high and ever increasing inflation in the economy.

These two factors are equally contributing to the lack of will to purchase a sacrificial animal for Eid ul Azha (Eid al-Adha).

Analysis of the prices, in the current cattle markets in the different cities of Pakistan, clearly depicts an increase of prices of animals from 40-50% as compared to the last year. Some buyers are complaining of even 60% hike in prices. Most of the buyers are going back from cattle markets without purchasing of animals due to the high and unaffordable prices. Many buyers are even reluctant to bargain with the traders because of too high prices demanded by traders.     

In the cattle market of Rawalpindi, the price of an average size goat starts from Rs. 18,000 and that of a cow or bull from Rs. 40,000. Twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad are also facing shortage of animals. That factor is also encouraging traders to demand and charge their own prices in the absence of any price control mechanism. People are tending towards the rural areas in search of sacrificial animals which might be compatible with their budgets. One of them, Malik Safdar, a resident of Chaklala Scheme-III, bought two goats for Rs 28,000 from Taxila. He suggested that people should visit rural markets to avoid overcharging. He said he was planning to buy a cow but there was shortage of big animals.

The situation evenly prevails in the cattle markets in Lahore. Unaffordable prices of sacrificial animals are not only spoiling the business of animal trading but also disappointing the people of Lahore in order to follow their religious rights.

The traders are selling goats at Rs. 15000 to Rs. 25,000 while cows are available for the prices raging from Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 200,000 depending upon the weight and breed. This situation is forcing people of Lahore to follow the policy of wait and see until the prices will come down due to lack of business. While, the traders are of the view that rates of the sacrificial animals would further increase with each passing day due to the expenses for keeping them in the City till Eid ul Azha (Eid al-Adha).

After checking the different cattle market; people are also going to the option of collective sacrifices rather than an individual sacrifice. Facility of collective sacrifice is provided by Islam and it will help people to follow their religious rights in an affordable prices. We just have to remember the words of Holy Qur’an:

"It is not their meat nor their blood that reaches Allah; it is your piety that reaches Him." (Qur'an 22:37)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

“Reverence of Nature”: Art Exhibition of Mirza Matloob Baig at Gallery 6 - - Artwork That Shows Great Love of Artist Towards Nature

Matloob Baig loves nature and it is apparently visible in his upcoming painting exhibition titled “Reverence of Nature” is going to open today at gallery 6. The exhibition will continue till November 22, daily from 11am to 7pm at Gallery 6 (house 624, street 44, G-9/1) and will only be closed during official holidays of Eid-ul-Azha (Eid al-Adha).

“Baig’s paintings describe his worship for the remarkable beauty of the nature, his admiration of changing magnificence of the seasons, his adoration of the sharply silhouetted trees, his honour for the skies, his adulation of filtered or bright sunlight, his glorification of giant clouds and his adoration of multi-coloured lakes – all these are well reflected in an incredible way in his landscapes that are emotional, atmospheric, and romantic,” told by Dr. Arjumand Faisal, the curator of gallery 6. “All his works have feelings and are expressive as well as descriptive, creating sensations and serenity together,” she further admired the artistic work of Matloob Baig.

 Mirza Matloob Baig did his Masters in Fine Arts from University of Punjab, Lahore in 2000. He had a definite God gifted talent in this field and his talent was recognized on national and international level first time when he won the first prize from ‘Young Artist Association’ for the year 1999. His solo exhibition at Royyat Art Gallery in December 2008 earned lot of respect for him and his artwork.

He studies how light affects the vision of different subjects at different times of the day and in different weathers. At times his canvases tend to have brilliant colours that almost shimmer in their intensity and exude the joy of being in lush green land, while at other times one sees them immersed in mist and fog. His artwork may clearly be attributed to his observation of nature. 

Baig’s artwork deserves praise for his thorough landscape and local scenes. His artwork shows that he enjoys a lot working outside as they portray the influence of changing light on colour. He attempts to capture an instant impression of what the human eye sees and makes use of colour and material to create an atmosphere that exists there.

Preview of Soaring Prices of Sacrificial Animals on Eid-ul-Azha (Eid al-Adha or Bakra Eid) 2010 - - Beautiful Pictures and Amazing Videos of Sacrificial Animals From Amir Dilpasand Cattle Farm

Eid-ul-fitr has gone with all its festivities and happiness and now the second big event called Eid-ul-Azha (Eid al-Adha or Bakra Eid) is rapidly approaching which falls on the 10th of Zul-Hijjah. As every body knows, that moon of Zul-Hijjah has been sighted already today, so it is confirmed now that the Eid will be on 17th of November, 2010. 

Apart from all the celebrations and festivities, the holy festival of Eid-ul-Azha (Eid al-Adha or Bakra Eid) for the year 2010 is coming with the soaring prices. The recent survey of the biggest cattle market in Karachi at Superhighway revealed that the prices of sacrificial animals have increased by 25 percent as compared to the prices of last year.

The increased prices are being linked to the different factors by the traders in the cattle markets; like animal affected by flood, increase in fodder price, transportation charges and other associated expenses. But the low interest of buyers can’t only be attributed to high prices of sacrificial animals; in fact, the mounting inflation the country has negatively affected the purchasing power of a common man in Pakistan.

A trader, Ahmed Aamir of Dilpasand Cattle Farm, declared that a bull of his farm was sold at Rs 1.85 million. "I have my own cattle farms in city and brought some 40 top class sacrificial calves from Sibbi, Sahiwal and Bahawalpur. I have sold 32 bulls and calves during the first week of this season and rest of the animals would be sold out in two or three days," he added.

Two beautiful videos of  sacrificial bulls from Aamir Dilpasand Cattle Farm at Sohrab Goth, Karachi:

Dilpasand Sibbi Bull ...

Eid-ul-Azha 2010 (Bakra Eid/Eid al-Adha): Beautiful and Healthy Sacrificial Animals (Videos) From Karachi Cattle Market

The celebrations are already touching peak high for upcoming big event for Muslims, Eid al-Adha (also called Eid-ul-Azha and Bakra Eid). I've collected few very cool videos and photographs of beautiful sacrificial animals from different cattle markets of different cities, that are worth-sharing with my readers. This is the first episode of many to come here on my blog, Welcome to My World.

Beautiful and Healthy Sacrificial Animals From Karachi Cattle Market

Beautiful Sacrificial Animals From Shah Cattle Farm:

Hoor …. Wow! Attractive All-White Bull: Catwalk on the Farm Carpet

The festivities and celebrations of Eid-ul-Azha 2010 (Eid Al-Adha) in Karachi begins with the setup of cattle markets (bakra mandi’s) . This year more tha two hundred VIP tents are planned to be mounted in the forthcoming Super Highway cattle market on the eve of Eid-ul-Azha (Eid Al-Adha) or Bakra Eid and an area of over 4000 square feet has been allocated for the cattle market.

Red Bull ……. Amazing Reddish-Brown Bull: Stunning Size and Beauty

It’s a really treat to see the beautiful sacrificial animals and big farm owners has step in the market already with some really healthy, highly decorated and elegant animals. Some of the famous farms, exhibiting their farm beauties, include Aamir Dilpasand Cattle Farm, Lasania Cattle Farm, Shah Cattle Farm etc. Even though the prices vary from animal to animal and ranges in millions; but still it is a part of eid celebration to see every animal available in the specially set up cattle market (Bakra mandi).

King of Asia …… Healthy White Bull with Brown Patches: The Real Jalwa and the Most Beautiful Among All Seen Before. See and enjoy … Amazing, isn’t it..??

Dabang No. 1 ……. Huge Black Bull: Looks Real Dabang Among All.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Diwali: The Festival of Lights Celebrated in Pakistan - - One of The Biggest Hindu Festival Having Deep-rooted Cultural Values of the Hindu Religion

There are about 2 million Hindus living in Pakistan, as per the last census, and a majority of them are living in the Sindh province. In Karachi city alone, there are about 0.6 million  Hindus. Most of the Hindus have painted and had washed their houses. 

The new report below shows the Diwali celebrations in Jacobabad, Pakistan:

Diwali, the festival of lights, is celebrated with jubilation and enthusiasm as one of the biggest Hindu festivals. During the festival, which is connected with deep-rooted cultural values of the Hindu religion, people wake up early in the morning, wear new clothes, offer their prayers and touch the feet of their elders, and in return elders give them Diwali gifts. Hindus offer special prayers to Goddess Lakshmi to seek blessings of well being and good fortune, and celebrate with clay Diyas, candles, lamps and firework to mark the jubilations.

Hindus living in Pakistan are celebrating Diwali by decorating their homes with flowers, rangolis, lights and diyas. The Hindu community living in Pakistan celebrated the festival of Diwali at their religious places of worship on Friday. Several temporary makeshift markets had also been set up in the premises of the local temples where community members bought the earthen pots, statues of gods and goddesses and also the firecrackers for the night to make the festival enjoyable.

Shahbaz Bhatti, Federal Minister for Minorities’ Affairs, greeted Hindus on their festival of lights, colors and happiness, giving the message of promoting tolerance, dialogue, understanding, cooperation, and harmony, and to remove misunderstandings among different faiths.

The Ministry of Minorities had announced celebrating the festival officially for mainstreaming the minorities living in the country, like ten other festivals of minorities including Baisakhi, Holi, Eid-i-Rizwan, Chelumjusht, Nauroze, Christmas and Easter festivals of Sikhs, Hindus, Bahais, Kalash, Parsis and Christian Communities respectively.

Although the ministry planned to hold colourful programmes to celebrate Diwali, the events were arranged in a simple way in view of the disaster caused by the recent floods in Pakistan.

This year, it was celebrated on November 5, while the festivities last for five consecutive days- starting two days before Diwali- and including the celebrations of Dhanteras, Narak Chaturdashi, Govardhan Puja and Bhai Duj.

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