Sumerian King List
The King List is an account of kingships stretching into the prehistory of the Sumerian people. About 18 non-identical fragmentary versions have been found, the most comprehensive of which is the Weld-Blundell prism in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. Initially thought to be historical documents, the artifact was found to be wholly or partially mythological when later finds came to light; rulers that should have been there were sometimes omitted while others had implausibly long reigns or had mythical details attached to them. It is believed that the Sumerians had wanted to undermine the historical importance of the list to save the document from being used as a political tool for cementing religious and political hegemony between cities. More fantastically inclined people have claimed that its early chronology has been used to try and confirm the Genesis of the Old Testament (and to provide evidence that Christianity was influenced by earlier mythologies). It was also used to support the story of Noah and the global flood. Some even believe that the long reigns of the early kings are actually true and that they were everything from gods to aliens.
Where, what, when
Cooperative Learning Workshop
Attend this workshop if you are a primary teacher who is looking to understand the concepts of cooperative learning. It will also highlight the importance of cooperative learning in classroom activities, explore strategies to promote cooperative learning and design cooperative learning activities. Lock 20-22 Feb from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm at Teachers’ Resource Centre at DHA, Phase 1, Karachi. For more details, call: 35394059-2976
Pakistan International Sports Expo 2017
Pakistan’s first game, wellbeing and prosperity expo is taking place from 23-25 February at Pak-China Friendship Center, Isalamabad. The PISE 2017 will highlight more than 100 exhibitors and will draw in more than 50,000 participants, approximately, including more than 5,000 Government and Corporate Officials. Among these participants are the world’s top marathoners, first class competitors, wellness lovers, a large number of professional runners and the local citizenry.
The Right Note
Ex-One Direction artist Zayn malik and Pop Diva Taylor Swift have collaborated for the soundtrack of the movie, Fifty Shades Darker. I Don’t Wanna Live Forever is a calming number that shows two lovers being apart from and missing each other a lot. Zayn has sung most of his part in falsetto, and sounds amazing while doing so. Soon after, the British singer also released an acoustic version of the song which he sang himself, and its sounds even better than the original.
Good news for women in Karachi. Rayz Salon is offering: whitening face polish/bleach, cleansing, whitening mask with glow, hair protein treatment, haircut, whitening manicure, hand massage, paraffin pedicure, shoulder massage, body wax and threading, all in just Rs. 2499. The voucher can be redeemed till March 1, 2017. For more details, contact: 0340-0385383
Glued to the Screen
24: Legacy brings to us Eric Carter (Corey Hawkins), a decorated war hero, who quickly becomes the target of a terrorist group seeking information he brought back with him from the battlefield. Not being in the service or force anymore, Eric is often seen struggling to find his place in the present world. Follow to find out more about how the plot thickens.
A field day for media
The last few days have seen much commotion online, first, because of the video of Waqar Zaka being beaten pretty badly followed by a video made by him wherein he thrashed the ‘security guard’ culture and named people who allegedly attacked him. Surprisingly, a few days later, one of the attackers and Waqar posted videos of them hanging out, making it all seem like a huge publicity stunt. Just when you thought that there would be no more excitement on the social media for a while, actress Neelum Muneer’s video went viral; she was seen performing some provocative moves in the backseat of a moving car. The video, made by a fellow passenger in the car, was apparently posted without the actress’ knowledge for which she received a lot of backlash. With her movie close to the release date, one wonders if this video serves a special purpose.
Pakistan sees a one-of-its-kind music festival for children and families
Pakistan’s first ever ‘Music Festival for Children & Families’ was organised by Roshan Rahain in Lahore recently to highlight the importance of teaching children using various forms of art, including music. The event received an overwhelming response with entertaining over 700 attendees, including children, teachers and families. Teachers, parents and children enjoyed workshops on various topics such as ‘Introduction to Mosiqi and Mosiqar for the Sub-Continent’, ‘History of Singing and Listening to Qawwali’ and ‘How To Set Up a Recording Studio from Scratch’. Former Pakistan Idol winner, Zamad Baig also attended the festival as a judge and performed at the closing of the event. Families were entertained by games and food stalls which were set up at the venue.
Hyderabad organises its annual Lahooti Melo
Thousands of people gathered to mark an unusually exciting and memorable weekend that included musical performances, workshops, story-telling sessions and lots of food. Lahooti Melo, an annual festival of music, arts and culture, has been running now for two
years and has been growing exponentially each year, giving people and the performers at the event much to look forward to. The project is the brain child of Saif Samejo, a musician himself, who plays in a folk-rock band called The Sketches. The music sessions at the event are responsible for reproducing works of local Sindhi musicians, showcasing Umerkot’s Mai Dhai, for the very first time, who later went on to perform for Coke Studio and has now become somewhat of a icon for Rajasthani folk music.