Adeel Hashmi is one of the most popular and well known young director, Actor and model in the world of media in Pakistan. He has been writing, acting, anchoring and directing for and on Television for the past 10 years. His dramas are not only trend setters in every way but are hugely popular both with Pakistani audiences and abroad. His style of writing is both funny and most thought provoking. His comments on social issues are focused without being offensive. Adeel Hashmi is one of the most popular and well known young directors in the world of media in Pakistan. Adeel's sense of humor, his inclination towards literature & reading and family background, all insisted him to be an ambassador of Children's Literature Festival
Agyatmitra is an experiential educators working in this field for 15 years. As a Co-founder of Play for Peace initiative in India. He is a Play for Peace enthusiast sharing Play for Peace process with organizations in India working to ensure child right and inclusive education for marginalized communities by conducting trainings for them.
Agyatmitra is also a Experiential Educator facilitating program for organization on a range of topics including team building, leadership, campus to corporate, understanding conflict, cultural diversity and ownership. Agyat has lead corporate training program for group size ranging from 10 to 200 participants.
He has been the Lead Representative of Play for Peace in India for 6 years till 2008 and has also worked in Israel for 8 months as volunteer of Jerusalem International YMCA and Play for Peace (www.pfpisrael.blogspot.com) sharing Play for Peace process with Arab and Jewish children, youth, adults and Organizations. He has done trainings for Peace Building and Conflict Transformation and Peace Education as member of an International Network ASPBAE (www.aspbae.org). He has conducted trainings in Play for Peace process in Vietnam, Thailand and for Peace education in Nepal for participents from South East Asia. Agyat also worked as Campus Chief for outdoor education programs run by Youreka in 2008-2009 mentoring facilitators and Instructors to run the program for children.
Before starting to play and share cooperative gaming process of Play for Peace Agyat has written scripts for Television programs for 3 years and even earlier worked as a site-engineer for turn key projects for 2 years.
Agyatmitra has done his Masters in Communication in 1997 from Pune University and BE Mechanical from NIT Durgapur in 1991.
Alif Laila Book Bus Society
The Alif Laila Book Bus library is exclusively for children up to 8 years and below. The bus has two decks; the upper deck is for story telling where a female teacher narrates stories to children while the lower deck is stacked with books. Its basic objective is to promote reading culture in Pakistan and evolve solutions to Pakistan's educational problems within the given socio-economic constraints, find strategically effective paths to universal literacy and educational modernization, which would show the quickest results and the most favorable cost-benefit ratios.
Amra Alam has authored over eighty story books in Urdu for children of all ages. She has also written and translated numerous stories for publication in India, many of which have been further translated into various regional languages.
Amra was the founder and Chief Editor of Suntra; a magazine for children in Urdu, published from 2006 to 2012.
Presently she is working as Editor of Uran Tashtaree, The Flying Saucer. This Magazine is published from the platform of Children’s Literature Festival, which is a joint venture of Idara-e –Taleem-o-Agahi and Oxford University Press.
Daniyal Noorani is no ordinary talent… The writer, composer, animator and musician is one of the more versatile creative forces in Pakistan today. Noorani is the Founder & CEO of KaroKuch, a studio specializing in media content that brings to light social issues with the hopes of portraying Pakistan in a positive light. Their highly-acclaimed animated series ‘Quaid se Baatain’ was developed to create encouraging community values among Pakistanis.
Noorani hails from Lahore and is an MBA from world-renowned business school INSEAD, specializing in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He is an Acumen Fellow and the main go-to guy at Wakhra Studios, an up-and-coming digital media agency. He has also established himself as a fine writer with articles published inThe Express Tribune and The Huffington Post.
Four years ago, Noorani released a song and music video ‘Find Heaven’, which was selected for both the London Independent Film Festival and the Boston International Film Festival. While speaking to Koolmuzonehe was quoted saying, “The basic objective of Find Heaven was to highlight the exploitation and manipulation of the impoverished and confused. It was to show how we as a society have failed to provide for the basic needs of our people, such as justice, education, food, security etc and how this leads to the exploitation of people. In the video I tried to put more emphasis on the journey rather than the end result, because unless we address the events and root causes that lead to these sorts of actions, these actions are bound to be repeated”.
Noorani is the jack-of-all-trades and a bright young mind who through his work, wants to encourage Pakistanis to become more open-minded and supportive of breaking down social barriers. Through his music, animation and videos he wants us to think about the bigger picture, look inside ourselves, and decide what makes Pakistan great.
Haseena Moin is a Pakistani dramatist, playwright and scriptwriter. She has written several plays for stage, radio and television, some of which have even gained international repute. She is the recipient of the Pride of Performance award for her services to the performing arts in Pakistan. She wrote Pakistan's first original script 'Kiran Kahani' aired in early 70's. Before this, PTV relied on novel-based scripts for dramas. She is considered to be the best playwright and dramatist Pakistan has ever witnessed.
Some of the most popular dramas she wrote that gained international repute include Ankahi, Tanhaiyaan, Kiran Kahani, Dhoop Kinaray, Aahat, Uncle Urfi, Shehzori, Kohar, Des Pardes, Pal Do Pal, Aansoo, Kasak, Parchaiyan and Parosi. Other notable works include Mere Dard ko Jo Zuban Milay, Kaisa Yeh Junoon, Dhundle Raaste, Shayad ke Bahar Aaye, Mohim Joo, Tum Se Mil Kar,Bandish and Zer Zabar Paish. It appears strange that with such a success following even greater success on the TV screen, Moin didn't branch out into other literary forms like novels or short stories which are such a popular genre among Urdu fiction writers.
Imrana Maqsood is a writer and a teacher. She has taught primary children for 8 years in PAF School and Foundation Public. She has taught Urdu to A Level students for two years and has written almost 24 books of supplementry reading at OUP and Six supplementry readind books at Ferozsons. Out of these three books have won Presidet best book award.and she has also written many TV serials and long plays. One book of Maqsood, Karachi Halwa aur Badaun ke Payre for adults made a record sale.
Khaled Anam is a popular Pakistani TV artist as well as a musician and singer. He has an opinion on everything and he doesn’t shy away from speaking his mind. He is passionate about children. In fact, he is passionate about quite a few things: politics, music, parenting, environment, education.
His music album ‘Ray’ Say Rail Chali is geared towards children between the ages of five through 10. Abroad, children’s educational music and programming has been popular since the ’80s, just the way it was in Pakistan back in the day. However, after the likes of Sohail Rana, not much work has been carried out in this genre for a decade or so. Khaled, who has been at the forefront of children’s music and was even involved in the Urdu version of Sesame Street, called Open Sesame, has introduced his album hoping to bridge the gap between then and now. He has been in the Pakistani media industry for over two decades, so it can easily be said that he is one of the experienced heads
Khursheed Hyder is a feature Writer at Dawn Group of Newspapers since the past 6 years.
Mandwa Theatre: Join Hands for Peace
The year 2006 witnessed the foundation moments of Mandwa Theater, a cluster of young and mature stage performers who have a history of on and back stage expertise. In the field of theatre, these anticipators are facing the inherited challenges, yet they have stood up with a new approach towards the system. Instead of forcing a sudden revolution in performing arts, Mandwa believes is allowing change to happen gradually with a logical comprehension of a rostrum. Mandwahas organized a myriad of performing art festivals, un numbered theatrical events, marvelously reaped fruits of self-finance, and hence participated inWorld’s First Children Drama Festival held at Royal Albert Hall London in 2010 organized by ABC Germany. Mandwa also regularly participates in various programs of celebrated Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop, such as Youth Festival, International events, such asInternational Children Festival of Performing Arts being organized by Ryan International SchoolIndia, where children from scores of countries participate. In 2012, committed and talented young members of Mandwa Theatre also performed for Aurat Foundationduring Activism.
Nadia Jamil is one of the very talented actresses Pakistan has ever got. Apart from picking acting on television, she has been attached to Pakistani theater as well. But this is not all about her. Nadia has been very socially active especially with children and education. She has been seriously working for the programmes of education promotion; hence she is an Ambassador for Children's Literature Festival. She is a great story teller and that is her main lead at the Festival.
Nigar Nazar is the first woman cartoonist of Pakistan and of the Muslim world. She is a leading member of the Public Service NGO, STEER (Society for Tolerance, Environment and Education through Recreation).Her character,Gogi has not only appeared in different newspapers and magazines but at present the cartoon strips appear regularly on Gogi Studios Official facebook page and twitter @GogiStudios1.Nigar’s cartoons with social messages have been wrapped on 15 buses in Rawalpindi, Islamabad and Gujarkhan.Four children’s hospitals in Islamabad and Rawalpindi have been decorated with Gogi cartoons and health messages. These have made the hospitals child friendly. Nigar has also authored and illustrated 17 books for children. Nigar is the CEO of Gogi Studios. She received the Government of Pakistan’s Fatima Jinnah Award for her contribution to Art. She is also one of the founding members of the Asian Youth Association for animators and cartoonists (AYAAC), China.
A prominent educationist and teacher trainer, Nasreen Iqbalis the Director of the Pesh Raft Foundation, she has been engaged with school management for nearly thirty years. She is a Member of the Board of Trustees for International NGO Developments in Literacy and has pioneered in developing and disseminating an effective Peace and Human Rights Education Program for schools. She has been a UNESCO nominee as well as a UNESCO Consultant for several UNESCO projects and initiatives in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and India. She is a resource person for Oxford University Press and Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) for the Children’s Literature Festivals in Pakistan.
OLOMOPOLO Media is a media and art management and entertainment organization that aim to bring back quality entertainment in all possible forms to the society. Our audience consists of a range of age groups and backgrounds. Our main focus is on art, media and culture, and our services are various.
Samar Minallah is a Pakistani documentary filmmaker and a human rights activist. For the past 20 years, Minallah has been advocating for the rights of rural women in Pakistan, first as a freelance journalist and then as an activist documentary filmmaker. She is recipient of the Perdita Huston 2007 Award for her effective media campaign against Swaara and Vaani tribal customs in parts of the North-West Frontier Province and Punjab. She has also won Roberto Rosellin Award in 2009 for highlighting women's rights issues through films. The founder of Ethnomedia, Minallah has been described by the media as the 'Crusader with the Camera,’ an activist fearlessly breaking the silence against various forms of human rights violations in Pakistan through the use of various forms of media. She believes in the power of film to generate dialogue and understanding on issues that are otherwise invisible and unheard. By doing so, she has managed to give a new meaning to advocacy and documentary filmmaking in Pakistan.
By Winning the National Championship for the fourth time in a row, Sana Mir has become the most successful captain of Pakistan at domestic level. Her team has not yet to lost a game at domestic level in the past four years.
Sana Mir also led the Pakistan team to their first ever tournament win in both the T20 and ODI formats when they played in Sri Lanka in 2011. The teams in the quadrangular cup were Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Ireland, and Holand. She was also awarded the Women of the Match title in the T20 quadrangular-cup final against Holland
Sheherezade Alam studied art and design at the National College of Arts, Lahore. She did her post graduate studies from the West Surrey College of Art and Design, UK. Her intimacy with clay, beginning in the early 1970’s, made her Pakistan’s first female studio potter; her travel and work can be seen with some of the most acclaimed twentieth century potters in Europe, Asia, USA and Canada. In 2000, she established LAAL, an artist’s collective, whose mission is to bring cultural and heritage education to young children. The Jahan-e-Jahanara, Center for Traditional Arts, is an attempt to contribute/share this passion to/with the children of Lahore.
Swati Bhatt is an Experiential Educators working in this field for close to 17 years. She conducts training for youth, children and organizations across India as Co-Founder of Play for Peace initiative in India. The trainings are aimed at enabling participants to work for inclusive education by understanding/learning Play for Peace process and its application. Swati has been a visiting faculty for Master’s student of Communication Media in SNDT College, Pune.
Play for Peace is now being seen as a process in India in development sector for which Swati has worked for last 12 years when she first led the pilot project of Play for Peace Global in Pune in 2000. This led to play for Peace deciding to set up operations in India in September of 2000 in Hyderabad. During this period she has enabled hundreds of teachers, community facilitators and youth leaders in the use of participatory processes. She has also worked as a campus chief, leading/mentoring a group of program and adventure skill leaders to facilitate summer programs for children in 2009-2010
Swati has worked internationally when she volunteered for Play for Peace in Israel for 6 month conducting numerous workshops and trainings for children, youth, educators and activists from Arab and Jewish communities (2006). She also
Swati has also made a 22 minute film “Khel se Mel” documenting the cooperative gaming process of Play for Peace and its application in marginalized communities for a project in 2010.
She has also made a 2 part documentary on Experiential Education in 1997 and has worked as a curriculum development Officer for a School Aanand Niketan in Ahmedabad. She has a Masters in “Communication Media for Children” from SNDT Women's University in Pune.
Teach For Pakistan
Teach For Pakistan is a nationwide movement of outstanding graduates who commit two years to teach in under-resourced schools and go on to become lifelong leaders, working across all sectors, to expand educational equity. Teach for Pakistan’s work, from classrooms, communities and beyond, is driven by our vision, mission and core values. We envision a Pakistan where all children, regardless of their socio-economic background, will have access to a quality education that enables them to reach their full potential.
ToffeeTV.com is a digital initiative that creates songs, stories and activities in Urdu, delivering them through the web and mobile platforms which children are native to. The idea is to create educational programming for young children and get them as excited about learning Urdu, as they are with readily available content for other languages. ToffeeTV was founded by Talea Zafar and Rabia Garib, while Hira Ilyas Bawahab and Hamza Lari are ToffeeTellers. For more information, please log onto http://toffeetv.com
Zehra Nigah is one of the foremost Urdu poets of Pakistan. She was one of two female poets to gain prominence in the 1950s, when the scene was dominated by men. Coming from a well-known literary and intellectual family, she counts the writer, artist, and TV personality Anwar Maqsood and play writer Fatima Suraiya Bajia among her siblings. Nigah has three collections of poetry to her credit and recently a collected edition of her poems is published in Lahore. Her poetry is remarkable for its lyricism and engagement with social issues. She has received various awards at home and abroad in recognition of her work. She is also a scriptwriter of several popular television serials and films
Zara Mumtaz has been associated with the field of education since 1965 and as the Director, Extra-Curricular Activities, Beaconhouse, spread the culture of performing arts to all its campuses. She is also the author of three activity / phonics-based books for pre-primary education published by the Oxford University Press. Each book is accompanied by an audio-cassette/CD and these books have been in continuous publication since 1995.
Zara Mumtaz has been collecting and writing folk, traditional and original songs for children for over 40 years. The Oxford University Press has published one such collection with accompanying audio-cassette/CD under the name “Nanhi Nazmein Kheil Aur Geet”, currently in its 16th edition. Another collection of folk-tales in the oral tradition of the sub-continent was launched at the First Children’s Literature Festival, Lahore 2011 entitled “Anna Bua Ki Kahanian”. It was nominated by OUP as one of the best Children’s publication in Urdu in 2012.
As a playwright and director, Zara has produced more than two dozen scripts for stage and television based on various themes such as the environment (for WWF), the girl-child (for Sanjan Nagar), health education (for the Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre), speech-impaired children (for Gung Mahal), and folk-lore, with casts of up to 100 children at a time. She also produced and directed the Golden Jubilee play at the The Alhamra Children’s Library Complex in 1997 and choreographed an item representing Pakistan at the International Children’s Festival in Ankara, Turkey in 1995. She is also an award winner for Best Script for a children’s television serial, entitled “Peeli Kothi”.
Zambeel Dramatic Readings
Zambeel Dramatic Readings aims to present texts in Urdu and English rendered in their dramatized form, to create a dynamic collusion between literature and performance. Referencing traditions of storytelling and the contemporary form of the radio play, Zambeel’s works traverse time and geographical boundaries to interpret and enliven narratives through sound and recitation. Zambeel Dramatic Readings was founded by Mahvash Faruqi, Asma Mundrawala and Saife Hasan in September 2011.