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Ayyan Ali out of ECL, again



KARACHI: With a hope that this time everything would be good, Model Ayyan Ali will be all set to prepare for her departure soon.

Dollar Girl’s name has been once again out of the Exit Control List (ECL), but she is still not sure that whether it is the final show.

On Sindh High Court’s orders, federal interior ministry struck off Ayyan Ali’s name from ECL on Wednesday and permitted her to fly abroad.

According to Ayyan’s counsel, the Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday gave a day’s time to the federal interior secretary to implement the court’s order regarding removal of Ayyan Ali’s name from the exit control list (ECL).

Last year on March 14, super model Ayyan Ali was arrested by the authorities at Islamabad airport after they found US$ 506,800 from her luggage. She was found guilty in money laundering case and charged for smuggling the money from Pakistan to Dubai.


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Lok Virsa to open music classes from tomorrow!



ISLAMABAD: National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage, Lok Virsa will start four-month music classes including Bansuri, Rubab, Tabla, Sitar, Harmonium and singing here from 23rd February for music aficionados. 
The classes will be held on weekends for encouraging the music lovers to be a part of this opportunity and take time out to learn an instrument. Music maestros including Adnan Haider for Rubab, Salman Adil for Bansuri, Nazakat Ali for Harmonium and Singing, Amanat Ali for Tabla and Amir Hussain for Sitar classes will transfer their expertise to the amateur musicians through basic and advanced skills.
Lok Virsa has the mandate to preserve, document and promote cultural heritage (both tangible and intangible). It is focusing on the promotion of folk heritage of Pakistan in a way that is relevant to people of all ages and backgrounds and to provide more meaning, depth, and rootedness in life.
The promotion of folk heritage will also create more space for expressing diversity within our culture, asserting cultural autonomy and dignity and could contribute towards being a stronger democracy and a stronger nation, said the organizers.
Salman Adil will conduct flute classes. He has been practicing and teaching flute for several years. A master musician, Salman will guide the participants about holding the Bansuri and basics, folk song tune, advanced folk tunes and the beginning of classical music understanding, reading written notes to follow for playing more songs and preparation for a performance with the basics, to advance skills of playing Flute tunes to first time learners. He has taught all the previous students of flute at Lok Virsa music classes.
Adnan Haider, who is is a master Rabab player from Parachinar, Kurram Agency, will conduct Rubab classes. He has learned Rubab from Ustad Gulab Afridi and has been practicing this craft for the past 12 years. He is well-known for his renditions of Pashtu tunes and has performed at prestigious platforms in Pakistan and abroad. He will teach the students about holding and Sargam, folk tunes, beginning with Raag Bilawal and preparation for a performance.
Nazakat Ali will teach basics of classical music, introduction to Raag Ayman, familiarizing students with popular songs composed in Ayman and preparation for a performance, Amanat Ali will guide his students about holding of the Tabla, Teen Taal, Daadra, preparation for a performance, Amir Hussain will tell students about holding the Sitar and Sargam/Mizrab, folk tune, familiarizing students with popular songs and preparation for a performance.
Lok Virsa in its effort to promote folk music and bring back the creative space to our community has announced the music classes. The classes aim to engage the young minds in healthy activities that focus on cultural diversity and pluralism to get rid of violence and intolerance and empowering the young generation from their childhood.







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Michael Jackson estate sues HBO over documentary



LOS ANGELES: Michael Jackson’s estate filed a $100 million lawsuit against HBO on Thursday over plans to air a documentary that alleges the singer sexually abused two young boys.

The 53-page suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, claims HBO was violating a “non-disparagement” agreement by airing “Leaving Neverland,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year.

“Michael Jackson is innocent. Period,” the suit says. “In 2005, Michael Jackson was subjected to a trial — where rules of evidence and law were applied before a neutral judge and jury and where both sides were heard — and he was exonerated by a sophisticated jury.

“Ten years after his passing, there are still those out to profit from his enormous worldwide success and take advantage of his eccentricities,” it adds.

The four-hour, two-part documentary that is set to air next month includes the testimonies of two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who say the King of Pop sexually abused them when they were seven and 10.

In a statement, HBO said it planned to broadcast the documentary as scheduled.

“Despite the desperate lengths taken to undermine the film, our plans remain unchanged,” the statement reads. “HBO will move forward with the airing of ‘Leaving Neverland,’ the two-part documentary on March 3rd and 4th.

“This will allow everyone the opportunity to assess the film and the claims in it for themselves.”

The lawsuit contends that HBO in 1992 aired a concert in Bucharest from Jackson’s “Dangerous” world tour and at the time signed non-disparagement provisions that prevent the streaming service from harming Jackson’s reputation.

“In violation of both basic norms of documentary journalism and the explicit terms of the agreement, HBO has disparaged Jackson’s legacy by airing a one-sided hit piece against Jackson based exclusively on the false accounts of two proven, serial perjurers,” the suit states.

It asks the court to compel HBO to take part in a non-confidential arbitration that could cost the company $100 million if found liable.

Jackson, who died on June 25, 2009 after being given an overdose of the anesthetic propofol, faced multiple allegations of child sex abuse during his lifetime.

In addition to his 2005 acquittal the performer paid a $15 million court settlement in 1994 over allegations involving another child.




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Music: Vitrail Brass Quintet at Alliance Française de Karachi



KARACHI: Traditional music aficionados from all over the Metropolis converged at the patio of Alliance Française (French Cultural Centre – AFK) here.

The occasion was a classical music concert by Vitrail Quintet that was held jointly by AFK & French diplomatic mission.

The concert was part of the Classical Music Without Borders – unique international concert series featuring musicians from a host of countries all over the globe including France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia & USA.


Four Centuries of French Music for Brass

The VITRAIL Brass Quintet

(Paris – Reims)

Jean-Baptiste LULLY (1632-1687) : Grande Entrée and two Marches

1 Grande Entrée

2 Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs

3 Marche guerrière

Jean-Philippe RAMEAU (1683-1764) : Suite

1 Allemande

2 Sarabande

3 Les Cyclopes

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) : Suite

1 Golliwogg’s cake walk (from Children’s Corner)

2 The girl with the flaxen hair

3 Le Petit Nègre

George BARBOTEU (1924-2006) : Chansonneries

Joseph REYNAUD (18..-1887) : “Merle et Pinson” (“Blackbird and Chaffinch”)

George BIZET (1838-1875) : Suite from Carmen

1 Aragonaise

2 Habanera

3 « Nous sommes la garde montante » (children’s choir)

4 Aria et Séguedille

5 Duo d’amour

6 Chant du Toréador

Jean-Baptiste Arnold & Rémy Dintrich, Trompettes

Gérard Tremlet, Cor

Jean-Luc Sauvage, Trombone

Marc Lefèvre, Tuba


VITRAIL QUINTET: It was in 1988 that five musicians, passionate about chamber music founded the Vitrail Brass Quintet. Thus trumpet player Eric Gouillard and tuba player Marc Lefevre of the Orchester de la Garde Républicaine in Paris, trombonist Jean-Luc Sauvage of the Orchester Colonne de Paris, join trumpet player Rémy Dintrich and horn player Gérard Tremlet. They are all members of the Grand Théâtre de Reims. A few years later Jean-Baptiste Arnold takes over from Eric Gouillard. The Vitrail set was quickly approved by the French Ministry of Culture, the Champagne-Ardenne Region and the departments of Marne and Aisne. Since the creation of the Vitrail Quintet, the musicians have successfully given several hundreds of concerts and masterclasses in the Champagne-Ardenne region, in France and during many tours abroad: Tunisia, Poland, Hungary, Iceland, Norway, Vietnam, Slovakia, Greece, Bulgaria, Saudi Arabia, etc. The quintet takes its name from a brass piece by George Delerue, “Stained Glass”.

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