Nooreen Reza

India is About to Air a Pro-Child Marriage Soap Opera

June 25, 2017

The trailer for the new Hindi language drama Pehredaar Piya ki opens with a young woman in a bejeweled lehenga adjusting her earrings in an astoundingly opulent palace room and discreetly pulling a pistol out of a drawer while calling after someone named Ratan, possibly her husband. You’d be forgiven for thinking–hoping?–that perhaps this is … Read More

Art as Social Action with Activist Group DRUM

June 15, 2017

The New York City-based DRUM–South Asian Organizing Center (DRUM, formerly known as Desis Rising Up and Moving) has often been at the vanguard of political activism among South Asian community organizations. The organization was formed in 2000 as a coalition of working class and low-income South Asians of all national backgrounds to fight for causes … Read More

Pakistan+ Paints a Contradictory Future

March 28, 2017

Art that juxtaposes the many parts of Pakistan. The concept artist Omar Gilani, based in Lahore, has already gained some notoriety through his illustrations for the Tabeer original music series by Patari, Pakistan’s premier music streaming service, and his wide-ranging freelance work. Now the internet is buzzing with excitement over his experimental Pakistan+ series, in … Read More

Here are Four Afghan Women Making Revolutionary Music

March 23, 2017

Afghanistan has a rich and diverse musical history, with influences incorporated from local folk cultures, the high classical traditions of the neighboring Indo-Persian worlds, and popular music from continents away. Unfortunately, that musical culture has also come under attack over and over. Public performance and broadcasting was heavily regulated since well before the Taliban regime took … Read More

Fighting Misogyny with Rap in Afghanistan and Beyond

March 20, 2017

Sonita Alizadeh, a young and talented rapper and activist, went from an impoverished life as a teenaged Afghan refugee in Iran to rapping on the stages of summits for social change around the world. The documentary Sonita, now available on Netflix, tells her story. Sonita lives with her sister and niece in a rented flat … Read More

Illustrator Moshtari Hilal Uses Her Work To Shine A Light On Refugee Experiences

November 22, 2016

The Afghan artist explores issues of globalization, feminism and immigration. When illustrator Moshtari Hilal was two, she and her family arrived in Germany as refugees from Afghanistan. Her work explores the border-jumping world of Indo-Afghan culture and history. And as the Syrian refugee crisis has escalated, capturing global humanitarian attention, Hilal’s art remains topical. Photo by CastorxPollux … Read More

Coke Studio Season 9 Promises A Let Down

August 15, 2016

The show has abandoned the philosophy that made it special. Pakistan’s critically acclaimed musical show, Coke Studio, returned for its ninth season on Saturday. Coke Studio was started in 2008 with Rohail Hyatt at the helm. Hyatt was most known for being the keyboardist and a composer of Pakistan’s first mainstream pop-rock band, Vital Signs, and … Read More

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