2-Day Adab Festival Ends

Adab Festival concludes after two days.

KARACHI: After the resounding success of day one of Adab Festival, the second day was even more packed with people of all ages pouring in through the day. Every space, sessions, children’s tent, art exhibit, book and education fairs and food court were overflowing with people especially women, children and the youth, says a Press release.

The second day opened with a session for students on building innovation and capacity in the creative sectors by Dr Samina Zahir. Speakers during the day included Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Zehra Nigah, Arfa Syeda Zehra, Aitzaz Ahsan, Javed Jabbar, Sultana Siddiqui, Dr Ishrat Husain, Dr Shamshad Akhtar, Kishwar Naheed, Iftikhar Arif, Masood Lohar and Masood Lohar.

Sessions were interactive with endless questions asked by the engaged audiences. Sessions included a talk between Aysha Baqir and Amna R Ali on Aysha’s brilliant novel Beyond the Fields and another between Irshad Abdul Kadir and Maheen Usmani on Irshad’s novel The Lady of Sohanbela about a woman gaddinasheen.

Another session was on a book of poetry by NafisaItaat Husain introduced by Quratul Ain Hyder and endorsed by Zehra Nigah and Fahmida Riaz with participants, Sheema Kermani, Ameena Saiyid and Nafisa’s grandchildren.
At the closing ceremony, Ameena Saiyid and Shama Askari thanked Murtaza Wahab, the authors, artists, Lightstone Publishers’ team and sponsors for their support of the 4th Adab Festival.

The closing Keynote speeches were made by Zafar Masud and Árfa Sayeda Zehra and the day ended with riveting performances by Rosemary Mushtaq, Shayma Saiyid, rap singer Kaifee Khalil and a concert by LAAL.

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