PNCA concluded its eight day marathon daily live programing.
The Council remained active during all the Eid holidays and beyond through a daily online live program. The series of these on line engagements began as a four day program bringing known artists as guests to people’s homes. “Eid ke Mehman. Since during cornoa crisis days people could not visit each other on Eid we wanted to make sure we brought Eid guests to people’s homes” said DG PNCA,
Mohammad Qavi, Irfan Khoosat, Qavi khan, Khalid Ahmad and Shahid M Nadeem brought smiles for people stranded in their homes for Eid. Public aplauded PNCA’s efforts to bring their favourite artists to their homes, Later upon people’s demand this initiative was extended upto 31st of May. Five important women in creative arts were brought in for a meaningful gup shup live from PNCA’s facebook. In these hard days of lockdown and social distancing PNCA became a bridge between art lovers
and famous artists Sania Saeed, Hina Bayat, Naheed Siddiqui, Zahida Hina and former DG, PNCA, Kishwar Naheed were interviewed by Dr Fouzia Saeed herself discussing a wide range of topics. The celebrities talked about not only the entertainment industry but also their personal and professional lives and how they are spending their time during pandemic. During one to two hour session of ‘Eid Gup Shup’ the artists openly discussed and spoke their hearts. The live
questions by viewers from the artist made the sessions very interesting and interactive.
Writer, poet and Ex DG PNCA Kishwar Naheed shared her struggle for the freedom of expression and women rights through her pen. She emphasized the youth to learn more about the literature and arts that can open one’s mind to think differently. She said everyone should
develop good reading habits which help people to explore thiere own creativity.
The legendary actor Muhammad Qavi’s message to young actors was to be patient during struggle. He said “When you get everything at once, it makes you numb creatively. Our generation has great talent all they need to practice is hardwork respect and patience”.
Theatre legend actor Sania Saeed shared the greatest pleasure of her life i.e. expression through acting. She highlighted how cultural institutions like PNCA hold an extra responsibility for
promoting and preserving the art and artists. While recalling the role of PTV in promoting national multilingual drama she desired to act in other national language dramas. She appreciated
the recent efforts of PNCA for the promotion of artists from remote areas.
Film director producer and writer Irfan khosat discussed one of important issue of modern
dramas i.e. lack of depth and message. He said that dramas in earlier times had a strong message.
“Drama series written by legendary writers such as Ashfaq Ahmad and Bano Qudsiya was the
peak of drama writing in our industry”, he added.
Writer director and chairman of Ajoka theatre, Shahid Nadeem shared his story of pursuing
theatre as a career starting from his contributions at PTV. He also discussed the reason behind
shifting from activism to writing plays. He said his writings reflect the activist side of him.
“Whatever I have written I have written it for a cause and to bring about a change in society”, he
added. Shahid Nadeem praised the efforts of Dr Fouzia Saeed for organizing such a program.
Urdu novelist dramatist and short story writer Zahida Hina, while appreciating young writers she
said we should not criticize our young generation because they are doing a great job. “I am also
in contact with young writers and I have noticed that if we provide them good books, they can
even do much better, their power of thinking and understanding will improve with more
exposure”, she added.
Actor Hina Bayat, who ran a show on social issues on media for almost ten years, said apart from
designing, and acting, writing about social issues has become a very important for her. While
discussing about creative expression she said “Allah have blessed every single person with
creative expression and expressing your creativity is also part of worship”.
Dr Fouzia Saeed commenting on the situation was of the opinion that though it’s a period of
social distancing but it also brought us closer and more concerned about each other than before.
We are here to serve the seasoned as well as young artist and create opportunities for bringing
the young talent forward to express their potential. “Art classes and workshops are conducted to
educate and train the youth for their future endeavors and all our classes will go online very
soon”, She added.
The following for this daily show was encouraging for PNCA with an average of 4000 to 5000
viewers for each at this point and will increase once it is shared on their youtube channel. “Eid
ke Mehman” and “Gup Shup Hour” was appreciated by the people and they continuously
commented, demanding PNCA to do more