The Women of Pakistan
Photographers Kaye Martindale and Geoff Brokate traveled through Pakistan for around eight months making portraits of local women, including young blogger Malala Yousafzai, a runner-up for Time’s Person of the Year 2012 award.
The couple’s aim was to meet everyday women in Pakistan and understand their lives, Martindale said. They traveled across the country and met approximately 150 women, interviewing more than 100 of them.
The Islamic Republic of Pakistan turned 65 on the 14th of August. In honor of the 65th anniversary of Pakistan’s independence, here’s a look at the places and people that make Pakistan the Land of the Pure.
Slideshow: A Glimpse of Pakistan on its 65th Birthday (via Asia Society)
Gorgeous as always.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will award the US State Department Medal of Arts to Pakistani painter Shahzia Sikander, along with four other artists, reported LA Times.
This is the first time this award has been given. Clinton will be recognising artists who contributed to the Art in Embassies program in US missions all over the world.
The State Department organises art exhibitions at foreign missions to generate goodwill and they usually include works from American and local artists.
Sikander’s work was highlighted during an exhibition in the US Consulate in Karachi in 2011. One of her pieces is on permanent display at the consulate.
The artist was born in Lahore and currently lives and works in New York City.
Glad to see some work being recognized…
Pakistani grooms and brides on their weddings:
The main aim of Pakistani wedding functions is to bring the bride, groom, and their families closer, and there are many pre-wedding customs that are usually observed before the actual wedding. Those customs include Mangni - منگنی (engagement), Mayun - مایوں (for the bride and groom in separate places where relatives feed them sweets and friends dance), Ubtan - ابٹن (the bride is made to sit down among her relatives and friends while they cover her with crushed sandalwood paste for a milky glow), Dholki - ڈھولکی (friends and family get together and sing songs for the bride and groom around a little drum aka the dholki), Rasm e Mehndi رسمِ مہندی (friends and family of the bride and groom put henna on their hands and sometimes in their hair, mithayi is eaten), Baraat - بارات (the groom and his family arrive to take the bride with them, drums are beaten, food is distributed, gifts are exchanged, etc) , Nikah - نکاح (the Islamic tradition of rendering a marriage official; the groom and bride are asked for their consent for the marriage, once approved the Nikah is declared in the public), Munh Dikhayi - منہ دکھائی or Doodh Pilayi - دودھ پلائی or Joota Chupayi - جوتا چہائی (cousins and friends of the groom and bride tease the couple for money after the groom sees the bride or if the groom is given a glass of milk or if one of the bride’s sisters or brothers take the groom’s shoe off and ask for money in exchange; Possibly one of the funniest and exciting parts of the wedding day), Rukhsati - رخصتی (the bride says farewell to her family and leaves with the groom), and Walima - ولیمہ (day after Nikah, food is distributed, families get together).
Lahori Nights, under the bokeh vision (Click on link under the pic for a better view)
Pretty much SOOC except for putting these all together