Citizens Archive Of Pakistan remembers Quaid-e-Azam’s birthday on 25th of December with a speech of his in reply to the Address presented by the Students of Islamia College, Peshawar on 12th April, 1948 about “THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE YOUTH. “
In 2008, The Citizens Archive of Pakistan had the honor of meeting and interviewing the person who was known as Karachi’s ‘living landmark’, Mr. Ardeshir Cowasjee.
In this podcast he talks about Karachi in the olden days, about how life was like in a large city with fewer people and what ultimately needs to be achieved for a nation to find peace. With this, we would like to pay tribute to one of the greatest humanitarians this country has ever seen. May he rest in peace.
Mr. Anwar Maqsood
Mr. Anwar Maqsood is a renowned playwright, poet, television host, humorist, painter who has worked in the entertainment industry since the 1970s. In conversation with The Citizens Archive of Pakistan, he recalled how he started his career in the entertainment industry.
Ms. Bapsi Sidhwa is a renowned writer. She was graced with the highest national honor in the arts, the Sitara-i-Imtiaz in 1991 by the Government of Pakistan. In conversation with The Citizens Archive of Pakistan, she reminisced about her early years in Lahore before Partition, her first novel, The Crow Eaters and her interaction with Faiz Ahmed Faiz.
Usman Peerzada is one of Pakistan’s most renowned actors. His family is known for its patronage of the arts, particularly in Lahore. In Conversation with The Citizens Archive of Pakistan, he talks about the film ‘Neecha Nagar’ (English title: Lowly City). The film starred Mr. Peerzada’s father and was the first film from the Indian subcontinent to receive international recognition and was awarded the 1946 Grand Prix du Festival International du Film at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in France. Mr. Peerzada also speaks of his father’s efforts to develop the arts and entertainment industry of Pakistan after partition.
Attaullah Esa Khelvi
Ataullah Esa Khelvi is one of Pakistan’s most renowned and widely recognized artistes. Born in 1951 in a village called Isakhel in Mianwali. In conversation with The Citizens Archive of Pakistan, Mr. Khelvi talked about the turning point in his life: discovering music as his calling and also realizing the sacrifice he would need to make to pursue his dream.
Ms.Tahira Syed is the perfect picture of femininity, grace, and strength that every woman wants to emulate. Ms.Syed, the renowned Pakistani folk and ghazal singer is the proud daughter of the queen of ghazals and geet, Malika Pukhraj. In conversation with The Citizens Archive of Pakistan, Ms.Syed discussed her college life, career in music, the evolution of the music industry and the relationship she had with her phenomenal mother. Ms.Tahira Syed also graced us with her beautiful voice and sang a few lines.
Abid Hassan Minto
In conversation with The Citizens Archive of Pakistan, Mr. Abid Hassan Minto, an advocate of the Supreme Court in Lahore, talks about a small newspaper he and his best friend Vijay Kumar started in their town, Arya Mohalla, Rawalpindi, at the age of 12 during World War 2. Mr. Minto explains why it was important to him and Mr. Kumar to have their voices heard.
Mr. Javed Jabbar is a prominent Pakistani Writer, Film-maker, Policy analyst ,Former Senator & Federal Minister. In Conversation with The Citizens Archive of Pakistan, he talks about his extra curricular interests in University and how he began his career in advertising and started his own firm.
Mrs. Norma Fernandes
The Citizens Archive of Pakistan had the pleasure of interviewing Mrs. Norma Fernandes who has remained Principal at Karachi Grammar School for 43 years and retired in 2009. In this podcast, Mrs. Fernandes talks about her memories of growing up in a peaceful Karachi where parties were abundant and laughter was heard on every corner of the streets. She also mention the time when her entire family migrated to Canada and about how she decided to stay back and serve the nation.
Mr. Amjad Islam Amjad
Amjad Islam Amjad was awarded with Pride of Performance and Sitara-e-Imtiaz. He is a writer, poet and lyricist. In conversation with The Citizens Archive of Pakistan, Mr. Amjad fondly recalls how Lahore in the 1960s was a small, peaceful city. He further speaks about Lahore where he grew up and how much he misses the city, its people, its norms and its food.
In this oral history recollection Mamoon Kazi reminisces about old Karachi and the various entertainment avenues available to the public in his times. He tells us about cinema houses dotting the city much like those in Mumbai and about the eateries he frequented. Moreover, he gives an interesting account of nightlife in Karachi.
Colonel Nadir Ali
A retired officer in the Pakistan Army who was posted in the East Wing in 1971. In this podcast, he describes his experiences in the war that eventually led to the creation of Bangladesh. The issues he discusses include the causes of the conflict, the Agartala Conspiracy Case, Operation Searchlight and the arrest of Sheikh Mujibur Rehman.