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Punjab govt drafting policy for artists’ welfare: Chohan

RAWALPINDI: Punjab Minister for Information and Culture  Fayyazul Hasan Chohan on Monday said that the PTI government is drafting a comprehensive policy for the welfare, prosperity and development of artists. Speaking to audience of a stage drama "Sab se bara Ropayaa" organised by the Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC), the minister said the artists of Rawalpindi have given excellent performance despite lack of facilities and unfavorable situation while provided entertainment to the people by vigorously taking part in…

President approves assistance package for needy writers and artists

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain on Tuesday approved an assistance package of more than ten million rupees for needy writers and artists belonging to all four provinces. The president gave this approval during the eight meeting of Steering Committee for Federal Government Artists Welfare Fund, stating that he was chairing the last meeting of this committee in his tenure, and hoped that this welfare fund will continue to provide support to needy artists. He thanked all members of the committee and philanthropists…

Paris atelier provides safe haven for exiled artists

PARIS: Paris, whose bohemian culture attracted some of the world’s finest painters at the turn of the 20th century, is opening its doors to a new wave of talent, driven its way this time by war and poverty. Lina Aljijakli, a 35-year-old Syrian born in the now war-ravaged city of Hama, is one of a record number of immigrants seeking asylum in France. Her art is being exhibited at the grand Palais Royal along with works by 14 other exiled artists. She said freedom of expression was compromised in Syria, where a…

These 10 celebrities were also inventors

The audience circumscribed its imagination of artist’s personality mainly with the kind of roles they appear in the movies, plays and other entertainment shows. However, the perception about lifestyle of an artist could significantly differ for number of reasons. The celebrity life is not all about receiving fame for their audacious roles in the movies but one might surprised to learn that they also had (or have) a sideline as an inventor.…

Apology on casting Pakistani artists was made under pressure: Karan Johar

Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar says he gave video statement of apology, on casting Pakistani artist in 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil', under pressure. He said he was under pressure from Raj Thackeray’s Hindu extremist party Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS). Pakistani actor Fawad Khan played a key role in Johar directed film 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' (ADHM) which put the film in hot waters. As the film was inching towards release in October last year, MNS enforced a ban on movies featuring Pakistani artists in Bollywood.…

‘Art has no borders, no color, no creed’: Oscars president

LOS ANGELES: The divisive political climate in America hung over the Oscar nominees luncheon on Monday as Academy Awards president Cheryl Boone Isaacs opened the gathering with a call for tolerance and freedom of expression. "Today we celebrate you, your work and your achievement, but each and every one of us knows that there are some empty chairs in this room, which has made Academy artists activists," Isaacs told some 160 Oscar nominees attending the annual affair in Beverly Hills. She was referring to artists…

Shaan disappointed with Pakistani actors over not supporting troops

KARACHI: Actor Shaan Shahid expressed his dismay over Pakistani celebrities not showing support for the Pakistan Army amidst the ongoing tensions with India, ARY News reported. In his Facebook post on Friday night, Shaan said that it was shameful from Pakistani stars to not show support for Pakistani troops when Indian celebrities backing their military. "Finally the Indian stars have tweeted in support for Indian troops, It is shameful from the Pakistani actors to not show support for Pakistani troops," he wrote. The…