The Citizens Archive of Pakistan – Newsletter Oct 2015

 

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cap-news-heading cap-new-title‘CAP Lollywood Night: Old is Gold’, The Citizens Archive of Pakistan’s (CAP) first fundraiser in Lahore took place on Saturday, October 17th, 2015 at Ali Auditorium, Ali Institute Shahrah-e-Roomi Ferozepur Road, Lahore.

The event celebrated the magic of the golden years of the Lollywood industry with a film screening of the movie classic, ‘Armaan’. It was a huge success with an attendance of over 250 people. Among the notable personalities who attended the event were Bahar Begum, Dr. Rukhsana David and Ms. Mira Sethi.

In order to recreate the ambience of a Pakistani cinema in the ‘60’s, the event began with a red carpet entrance for all the guests. Muhammad Owais Rana, Director of the Oral History Project, opened the event by introducing the organization and the purpose of the gathering. A screening of the CAP Film, which uses visual and audio means to help the audience understand CAP’s projects, followed.

Raju Jamil, a famous personality belonging to the entertainment industry, then took to the stage to share his valuable memories and insights about the making of ‘Armaan’. The film screening itself was about 2 hours long, with a fifteen-minute interval in the middle, so that guests could enjoy food and refreshments organized by CAP. A photo booth was also set up for the entertainment of the guests.

‘Armaan’ was the first Platinum Jubilee and 60’s blockbuster ‘Armaan’, featuring the iconic couple, Waheed Murad and Zeba and memorable tunes, such as ‘Coco Co Rina’ and ‘Akele Na Jana’ that are listened to and played even today. The film broke several records at the box office, ran for over 75 weeks in cinemas across the country and bagged quite a few Nigar awards, including that for ‘Best Film’ in 1966.

All proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards supporting the Oral History Project and Outreach Tours at CAP.

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Every family has a unique history and untold story. Each of these stories is an important part of Pakistan’s History and should be conserved.

At CAP, through the Oral History Project, we preserve many of Pakistan’s rich stories to educate our youth and instil pride in them. Let CAP preserve your family photographs, stories and memorabilia in a memory bank for your future generations.

Take the first step towards preserving your family’s legacy for the future!

How can you create a Family Archive?

Write to us on info@citizensarchive.org and let us help you preserve your family’s unique story!

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How it works?

Write to us and our team will organize the digitisation and preservation of your family photographs in CAP’s archive.

Will you lose these pictures?

Of course not! CAP will scan the pictures and return the physical copies back to you along with a digital copy for you and your family.

Can you add more pictures later on?

Your Family Archive at CAP will be your personal memory bank that you can add to and access anytime.

Is there a fee to host a Family Archive at CAP?

No.

Who can access your Family Archive at CAP?

You, your family and those whom you give permission to can access your Family Archive.

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The Citizens Archive of Pakistan’s Oral History Project team interviewed Mr. Masood Hassan earlier this month. Mr. Hassan, now 81 years old, was born in 1924 in Lucknow and is a Chemical Engineer by profession.

A nephew of Saadat Hassan Manto, Mr. Hassan recalled his brief stay with his uncle in 1947 and spoke at length about Pakistani post-independence history. Mr. Hassan has travelled extensively for his education in the US, during the 50’s, where he studied Chemical Engineering. As a professional, he was a pioneer Engineer and Business Consultant for multinational and national corporations such as Unilever and was a high ranking official in the Ministry of Defence during Z. A. Bhutto’s government.

Hailing from a family of lawyers, Mr. Hassan’s childhood was spent in Tanzania, London, and India. Speaking fondly of his time in Tanzania, he remembers that one of the first languages he learnt was Swahili. As his father was a lawyer, he remembered meeting some of the great Pakistan Movement leaders in Aligarh such as Shaukat Ali who was friendly with his father during his time in London.

He also spoke at length about his time at Doon School in Dehradun. Although the students attending the school belonged to the elite echelons of colonial India, Mr. Hassan, speaking about the discipline and simplicity, remembered how there was uniformity between all the students as there was lots of practical outdoor learning and projects related to community service which were mandatory for all. His love for Doon School later turned into a passion to establish a similar school system in Pakistan which resulted in him becoming the President and one of the co-founders for the Chand Bagh Foundation.

His professional career in the field of Chemical Engineering has been prestigious and well documented. After studying in the US at the CASE Western Reserve University in Ohio, Mr. Hassan entered the Chemical Engineering elite of the States by becoming an International Fellow at Jos E Seagram and Sons Inc.

Due to his experience in working with Unilever in the UK after his studies, he started working for the Lever Brothers in Pakistan where he was responsible for setting up the manufacturing of Lifebouy soap. He also made the first can of edible oil in Pakistan, Dalda. But perhaps the apex of his career was during his time at the Ministry of Defence where he had the powers of Secretary for Defense Purchases which led him to institutionalize and regulate Defense Production on a national level.

Currently residing in Lahore, Mr. Hassan, a well-read and worldly man can speak about any topic at hand with authority. What is most attractive about his worldview and mindset is Mr. Hassan’s ability to simplify complex ideas into insightful and clear descriptions and accounts. When asked about his work and his fascination with organization as a principle, which is much needed in Pakistan, he explained that there are two requirements for developing technology which are – merit and attention to detail. According to him, ‘attention to detail’ is where one has to do the “donkey work” which most of us fail to do and therefore, ‘technology’, which according to him is the “know how to solve all sets of problems in man-made systems”, is crucial for modern Pakistan for its own development.

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The Outreach Tours continue to engage students from the marginalized groups of society by imparting knowledge of the world and helping them enhance their critical thinking and analytical skills.

In one of the partner schools, the facilitators took the students on a journey of the Universe where they were able to explore and discover various facts regarding the cosmological objects in the universe. In order to help students appreciate the vastness of the Universe, various clips from movies displaying numerous systems and galaxies in the cosmos were shown to the students.

In another partner school, the workshops involved students in understanding the ‘Diversified Cultures of Karachi’; developments that had taken place through the years in the city were also analysed through an activity. In the third school, the students learned about the concept of governance through studying about human settlements and their growth.

The CAP SHEEP Mobile Library tours continue to inspire great excitement and there has been an increase in the borrowing and reading of books this month. Along with story reading sessions, the Outreach Tours team is also helping students in understanding the various genres of stories with sessions on story structure and story analysis conducted this month. While reading, students now focus on the characters, tone, environment and the theme of the story.

The book drive for the collection of Urdu books also continues with the tours. If you have Urdu books you’d like to donate, please write to us at info@citizensarchive.org.outreach-tour-image

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