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An explosive fusion of Sufi and rock music

DANISH-PAKISTANI BAND ON THEIR MUSICAL JOURNEY AND LATEST ALBUM by ASJAD NAZIR GREAT song releases find the hallowed middle ground between artistic, commercial and meaningful music. Acclaimed Danish-Pakistani rock band Rocqawali have done that with their newly released third album Kalam, which has taken sounds rooted in over 800 years of Sufi tradition and combined […]

Surgical cinema strike

HOW OUTSIDER YAMI GAUTAM MADE A MARK IN THE HEART OF COMMERCIAL HINDI FILMS by ASJAD NAZIR MORE than being a major movie star, Yami Gautam is a talented actress able to take on any role and she showed that versatility in 2019 with contrasting roles in two Bollywood blockbusters. Her winning turns in Uri: […]

Back with renewed intensity

POPULAR ACTOR NAKUUL MEHTA GETS ROMANTIC ON HIS RETURN by ASJAD NAZIR FANS have been waiting for small screen superstar Nakuul Mehta to return to television ever since his smash-hit drama Ishqbaaaz ended and he obliged them with newly released web series Never Kiss Your Best Friend. The award-winning actor plays the lead role in […]

Sing when you are winning

SINGER SHASHAA TIRUPATI ON HER MUSICAL SUCCESS by ASJAD NAZIR VERY few singers have won the prestigious National Award in India and Shashaa Tirupati is one of them. The versatile singer and songwriter added to her list of achievements with the honour, which has included delivering songs in different languages and genres. The award-winning singing […]

Finding the human connection in music

HOW RISING STAR ABDULLAH QURESHI IS MAKING HIS MARK by ASJAD NAZIR RECENTLY released romantic number Aaja was another indication that Pakistani star Abdullah Qureshi is one to look out for in the coming decade. The talented singer, songwriter and musician has had a remarkable rise in recent years that has seen him go from […]

‘No place is off-limits for the creative mind’

NATASHA CHANDEL DISCUSSES ACTING, COMEDY WRITING AND HER DATING PODCAST by ASJAD NAZIR TALENTED producer, writer, actress and host Natasha Chandel has established herself as a creative force. At the heart of that power is an amazing versatility that has enabled her to mix up marvellous projects, including starring roles, a popular dating podcast, hosting […]

Mixing myth with reality at Natural History Museum

ANIMALS FROM REAL AND WIZARDING WORLDS ON DISPLAY IN FANTASTIC BEASTS EXHIBITION by AMIT ROY IN INDIA, some politicians are ridiculed for mixing up fact and fiction – they claim that the Hindu epics anticipated flying machines by thousands of years and the god Ganesh is proof of transplant surgery. But perhaps the Natural History […]

Stand-up star Salman Malik on using comedy to build bridges

TALENTED stand-up comedian Salman Malik has gone beyond solo sets and began organising inventive shows that bring together diverse talent. He will follow up his India versus Pakistan comedy clash shows with new offering Arabs vs Asians, which commences a UK tour at Mac Theatre in Birmingham on February 13. The laughter filled tour will […]

An interesting activist’s eye view of the British Muslim experience

Author: C. Scott Jordan & Ghayasuddin Siddiqui Publisher: Beacon Books Rating: 3/5 THE Muslim community being in the news for different reasons has not only sparked various debates, but also resulted in books, TV shows, films, stage productions and much more. What this book attempts to do is document the Muslim experience across the decades […]

Pakistan’s next big musical hope

NEW TALENT ABDULLAH MUZAFFAR ON HIS IMPRESSIVE RISE by ASJAD NAZIR PAKISTAN has an incredibly rich history of producing world-class singers, and there is now an exciting new generation to carry that impressive legacy forward. One of the super solo artists generating noise in the country right now and making waves internationally is Abdullah Muzaffar. […]