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Music Keeps Body And Soul Together Of Farah Essa



Pakistani music, which got stagnant in last decade due to some reasons, has started to revive on its past trends now as many new music competitions and sessions are on horizon to promote new and fresh art.  In this vibrant scene, one name is Dr Farah Essa, who has adamant determination to produce more mature music. She recently has released two of her original songs, Maula and Kaisey Guzaron, both available on her official facebook page Patari also, are making waves on social media and being praised in music circle as well.

The feel of her both the songs resonates to the sounds of our bygone golden era of 60s and 70s touching the notes of filmy, folk and classical ghazal music. The Maula, penned by the subcontinent sufi poet of 19th century Khwaja Ghulam Farid has all the essence of spirituality while Kaisey Guzarin from Ustad Abdul Karim Khan, a classical maestro of musical gharna of UP, is an innocent pure love ballad with touch of Amir Khusro like poetry.

Farah is releasing her singles under the album titled, ‘Azm-e-Safar’ meaning ‘Ready To Go’. The album has eight songs in it, which she aims to release online one by one.

Her next numbers are consisted of some old kalaams, some original one with light romantic composition, while some of them are cover versions of old folks.

Farah would also sing pop and other genres in future but right now she wants to make a stand apart from others to make her distinct identity. For this, her primary emphasize is on Impactful poetry which really touches her heart.

 “I want to sing our great late Urdu poets because I strongly feel that we are forgetting the sweetness and beauty of this language. I also want to revive the ghazal gaiki, which has been a very popular genre of our music in past, is fading away with time. I love spiritual poetry as well, little bit inclined towards Sufism.”

Farah believes that music is something which you learn all your life. She admits that her voice is not for typical ‘thaith’ classical but more suitable for semi classical music. It appeases to her senses as well.

“I think the semi classic touch is also admired by young generation especially when it is fused with some other genre. So, fusion is something I am actually looking for. I love to compose a song in pop composition in which sarangi is also present, but a complete pop composition is not my cup of tea, although I also listen to pop music.

In future, she aims to perform in public very selectively.

A radiologist by profession and born into a hard-core family of doctors and physicians (daughter of a doctor parents and the only sister of four brothers, each working in the field of medicine), Farah could not think of going into any field but medicine but at the same time her love of singing also bloomed. She thinks singing is in her blood from her paternal side as her father, a renowned name in the field of medicine, late Dr Essa Muhammad Abdullah was profound in music and used to sing ghazals in his own compositions. Farah has an inheritance of notable literary personalities and educationist from her maternal side. The renowned writer Quratulain Haider was her grandmother and Amina Syed is her aunt. She thinks it is in her genes to love Urdu and feels responsibility to keep the legacy by promoting and respecting the language and may be because of this fact, she chose the old school of poetry for her music.

Farah tells that her parents caught her singing when she was a toddler and when only eight, picked up by Sohail Rana and travelled along with his troop to perform. At the same time, she also got free tuition from veteran Nisar Bazmi in reward of winning a singing competition. He taught her roots of music by training her in typical filmy songs of Madam Noor Jahan. She considers him as the one who modulate her voice at very early age. Her teacher in classical singing is Ustad Taufiq Ahmed Khan Niazi, from whom she is learning music since the age of 15.

When entered into ninth grade, she left the music training and performances and focussed just on her studies to become a doctor.

Farah resumed singing when she went to Toronto for her post-graduation in 2000, and later settled there. She represented Pakistan on various occasions and also won awards. She moved to Saudi Arabia in 2012 and did her first solo show there at Pakistani Embassy in 2016, where she sang from Madam Noor Jahan to Abida Perveen to Quratulain Baloch.

She has decided to take singing as her second profession and calls medicine field her bread and singing her butter.  

Moving back to Pakistan in 2017 when her father got ill, Farah now continues practicing as chief radiologist in her family business Dr Essa Laboratory & Diagnostic Centre, and at the same time, doing music as well. 

“Music is my passion. I am divided in two halves one is of a medical practitioner and other is a musician. I am a physician by the day and singer by the night.”

Also a caring mother of two kids, Farah’s family and her husband support her all the way. She believes that when your family is standing at your back, nothing can stop you from going further.

Her main inspirations in music are Madam Noor Jahan, Abida Perveen, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Lata Mageshkar and Jagjit Singh. In newer lot, Richa Sharma and Shriya Ghoshal are her favourite.

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International Luxury Brand Spa Ceylon Opens its 98th store in Karachi



The world’s largest Ayurveda Wellness chain opened its 98th international store with the opening of an exclusive Wellness Boutique at Defense Housing Society’s Bukhari Commercial Area located in the heart of the city of Karachi.

Speaking at the sumptuous launch, master franchisee and Spa Ceylon Pakistan’s CEO Saeeda Mandviwalla, said, It gives me great pleasure to be able to bring Spa Ceylon to Pakistan because for me it is more than just a brand; it is a brand affiliated with my heritage & identity. Being from Sri Lanka originally, it is with pride that I bring a piece from my birthplace to my current home; and the benefits of this brand will be felt by all age groups of the population.”

Spa Ceylon now produces over 500 all-natural Ayurveda inspired personal care, wellness, make-up and home aroma products. The complete range comprises prestige skin, body, bath, scalp and hair care preparations, oils, balms and potions, colour cosmetics, home aroma blends, candles, diffusers, incense, herbal infusions and gourmet teas, handmade stoneware, bath accessories and a range of tropical resort wear.

Attending the opening, the co-founder director Shalin Balasuriya explained, “The continued growth of the international wellness market to over US$ 4.2 trillion signals a strong shift in consumer preferences towards wellness. Spa Ceylon occupies a unique lifestyle space where personal care meets wellness. Given its brand attributes of high-performance authentic formulations, Ayurveda origins, environmental activism and ethical sourcing, it will continue to resonate with the modern consumer to drive further growth. I have spent the past few days in Karachi meeting industry professionals, media & consumers that reviewed the range & am delighted by their overall response to Spa Ceylon, from packaging to product quality & functionality, giving us confidence that the store roll-out in Pakistan will be a great success.”


Also attending the glamorous event was H.E. Mr. Noordeen Mohamed Shaheid the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Pakistan. “There is a great sense of pride in seeing this esteemed Sri Lankan brand bring its presence to Pakistan, and through its success, we can only see strengthened trade relations between the two nations.”


Noor Mandviwalla, the young Executive Director of Spa Ceylon, Pakistan, said, “Spa Ceylon’s brand philosophy greatly resonates with me because of its unique emphasis on natural beauty & wellness. Beauty is no longer focused on making people meet a particular standard of the way one should look; rather, it now looks towards highlighting one’s natural beauty, on the outside as well as within. This is why I feel that this brand is truly revolutionary in its take on beauty care and wellness; using the principles of Ayurveda to live a fuller & healthier life.”

Spa Ceylon captures the romance of old Ceylon combined with ancient Ayurveda wisdom to create their range of majestic spa rituals and Royal spa formulae designed to soothe, calm and relax the body, mind and soul. The Spa Ceylon Flagship Store in Karachi opened its doors with a wide selection of the master wellness and beauty ranges to cater to all moods, seasons and needs. Whether you want to Detox, De-stress, find Peace, Comfort, Sun Care or Sleep, Spa Ceylon has a range of enticing ingredients like Pink Lotus Almond, White Jasmine, Aloe Mint, White Tuberose, Water Lily, Cardomon Rose, Neem and Tea Tree, Virgin Coconut, Neroli Jasmine, Margosa Lime, Sandalwood Vetiver and Sandalwood Spice, Lemongrass and Lavender Neroli that will cater to every mood and occasion.



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This Fun-packed Actor’s YouTube Channel will Give you Endless laughs!



Gone are the days when celebrities were hard to reach out to, with their personal lives being a mystery for their fans. With the onset of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, audiences can now feel more connected to their favorite stars.

Recently, Pakistani celebs are turning to YouTube, branching out beyond their traditional jobs and exploring their craft in a new space. So if you want to get a closer look at their lives, find out about their hobbies, or hear them talk about their favorite things; you can catch them on their YouTube channels. Interesting, isn’t it?

Currently featured in the fan-favorite “Alif”, the rising young star Yashma Gill is a powerhouse of talent. The very bubbly and cute actress has also recently launched her own YouTube channel. Her channel showcases videos – from personal adventures and experiences to experiments, fan moments, and her everyday anecdotes.

Her journey of vlogging is exciting enough to hook you up on her YouTube channel for hours. Her captivating personality and her natural flair for casual talk instantly grabs the audience’s attention.

Here are all the funniest moments from Yashma Gill Vlog to get your inner kid some carefree laughs!

When Yashma Gill becomes Friends with 75 Snakes:

The Vlog where she can be seen holding snakes in Biryani boxes, half puzzled and half appalled when Azlan Shah puts that snake on her palm. We couldn’t stop laughing at her cute expressions. The content of vlog is so different from the usual content on other celebrities’ Vlog.

When Yashma accepted the Challenge of “Do What They Can’t Do”

Her entertaining Vlog where she roamed around the streets of Lahore sipping local lemonade from street stalls and visited Lahore Zoological garden to take pictures with the elephant.  The climax of the vlog was when she came to know that Suzzi Elephant has died. Did she fulfill the challenge or not? Watch out her vlog to find out more:

When Yashma Gill tried making Gol Roti

So this Vlog is all about her gol roti struggles when her domestic help was on leave. Was she able to make Gol roti for herself or she had to order food in the end? Watch out her gol roti struggles!

When Yashma Gill visited Bakra Mandi

This vlog was all about her visit to Bakra Mandi in a black abaya and veil and asking random questions to the vendors. Her energy is unmatchable when it comes to this vlog, from buying cotton candies to bargaining, the Vlog will get you hooked to her channel. Don’t believe? Here is the link to full-time entertainment:

When Yashma Gill tried stitching her Eid Dress

So by now, you must have realized that this girl is unpredictable and you can expect anything from her. In her quest to do things in an unusual way, she learned from her tailor how to stitch a dress! Do watch to see her on-spot comments and real efforts.

So the list doesn’t end here, and I bet that once you start following her YouTube channel, you will not want to do anything else but watch her vlogs. If you haven’t subscribed to her channel, go and subscribe to find out what next challenge she is going to accept next!

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TEDxLahoreWomen Pulls Off Another Brilliantly Mind Striking Event!



LAHORE, December 8, 2019: TEDxLahore celebrated its 10th year with yet another series of compelling talks at its TEDxLahoreWomen event held at the British Council Library.

Speakers included Dr. Aneela Darbar, the first US trained female neurosurgeon of Pakistan; Soufia Siddiqui, an education research and strategy advisor; Amna Zamir, an Additional Districts and Sessions Judge in Gilgit Baltistan; Maheen Rahman, an investment banker with an impressive portfolio; Maheen Gul, founder of the Lahore Autism Centre; Fareeda Batool, an independent artist who explores Pakistan’s political upheavals and tumultuous history; and Masuma Anwar, a pediatric doctor and musician. Lakeer ke Fakeer, a husband-wife duo of “singing poets”, also performed at the event.

These “Bold + Brilliant” women shared their profound insights and exciting stories about a remarkable number of issues, ranging from the education of boys in the public sector to the careful mapping of the brain before neurosurgery. The audience comprised over 350 individuals, including young entrepreneurs, educators, doctors, lawyers, and students. Audience members also received a chance to interact with speakers during networking breaks.

“TEDxLahoreWomen brought some powerful women together this year,” said Areej Mehdi, the event’s co-curator. “These women have advocated and opened doors for other women, and changed lives with their groundbreaking work and ideas. We’re excited to share their talks today.” said Irteza Ubaid, TEDx Ambassador – Pakistan. The event was presented in partnership with British Council, Nestle Everyday Lite, MINT PR, Uber, Daftarkhwan, FM 91 and Poet Restaurant.

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