Pakistan: The day the music died in Karachi

This article describes a presentation by Pakistani architect and planner, activist, teacher, social researcher and writer Arif Hasan who spoke at the first international Karachi conference about “The day the music died in Karachi”.


Historian and architect Arif Hasan’s cross-sector approach to the Pakistani history is interesting. He talks about the stories which the citizens of Karachi don’t talk about. For instance, in his presentation at the Karachi conference, he talked about the time he bumped into singer Suleman Shah at the Islamabad airport, at a time when military dictator Ziaul Haq had banned Suleman Shah from performing with his trademark ghungroos in a countrywide crackdown on artists.

In the conference presentation, Arif Hasan talked about why Karachi “lost its groove” during Ziaul Haq’s regime, and about how Karachi became a violent city.

Read the article:

The Express Tribune – 3 November 2013:
The day the music died – why Karachi lost its groove during Ziaul Haq’s regime
Article by Mahim Maher

More information about the Karachi music scene can be found on Arif Hasan’s home page: