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Speakers at a day-long seminar held at the Pashto Academy here Thursday paid rich tributes to great Persian poet Hafiz Shirazi and popular Pashto poet Rahman Baba. In his address, Prof Rasool Jan, the Vice-Chancellor University of Peshawar who presided over the event, said there were similarities in the poetry of Hafiz Shirazi and Rahman Baba.“The Persian language influence on Pashto...Read more
A seminar was organised by Ranra Adabi Jirga at Fishing Hut, Chakdara in Batkhela, Malakand to commemorate the 545th birth year of Yousafzai tribe elder Malik Ahmad Baba. The event was attended by a large number of scholars from the province as well as Karachi and Afghanistan. Ahmad Baba was born in Kabul in 1470 and died in 1530 in Ala...Read more
At least 40 people were killed and over 200 injured Sunday evening as a heavy rain and thunderstorm struck parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Mushtaq Ali Shah, director of the provincial meteorological department, described the storm as a “mini cyclone with wind speeds of 110 kilometres per hour (68 miles per hour)”. He added the cyclone had lost speed but heavy rainfall was...Read more
Bringing Pashto folklore to life in the digital age has become more a matter of animatics and storyboarding than traditional forms of storytelling. Pir Hamid Kheshgi, a visual artist from Nowshera, has produced a 2D animated movie based on the famous Pashto tale of Yousaf Khan and Sherbano. “The movie highlights this folk tale,” says the 33-year-old artist who is a graduate...Read more
An observational comedy stage drama, Pa Ma Grana Pekhawara (A tale of Peshawar), organised by the Directorate of Culture in collaboration with the newly-established Pakhtunkhwa Arts Council is playing at Nishtar Hall. Pa Ma Grana Pekhawara ran to a full house on its opening day on Friday, bringing theatre back to the city’s largest auditorium after several years. The play will...Read more
A series of virtual tours of historical sites in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has been introduced online, officials at the Directorate of Archaeology and Museums told The Express Tribune on Tuesday. With three new tours uploaded on the directorate’s website http://www.kparchaeology.com, travelling to these destinations is more a matter of bandwidth than buses or planes. The initiative has been established to revive interest in...Read more
With his message of equality, the writings and ghazals of Layaq Zada Layaq are never far from the lips of the common man. The renowned Pashto poet and writer received the recognition he richly deserved when he was awarded the Presidential Pride of Performance this Pakistan Day for his contribution to Pukhtun literature. Layaq has written dozens of books on poetry,...Read more
Visitors, mostly families and children, were enthralled by performers, particularly amusing puppet faces boys, and culture show and traditional dances at a two-day Cuisine and Culture festival, which concluded here on Sunday. The two-day event "Cuisine and Culture Festival" was organised by Tourism Corporation Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (TCKP), at the lush green grounds of Peshawar Garrison Service Club. Brisk buying activities were also...Read more
“If a lack of education and employment opportunities were not enough, the topography of the Pukhtun belt made matters worse,” said Roshan Khan, a schoolteacher who has written and published Pakhtun aw askariat pasandi – asbab-o-haal or Pukhtuns and extremism – Reasons and solutions. His book launch was held in Landay Arbab on Sunday among literati and poets. The launch was...Read more
Hashim Khan, one of the greatest squash players of all time, died of congestive heart failure Monday night. He was believed to be 100-year-old. His youngest son, Mo, said in a phone interview that Khan died in his home with family by his side. Mo Khan said of his father's death: “The world just lost the greatest player of all time “. Khan...Read more