21st Haftanama Patari!

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Yaar Pakistan Mein Naya Music Nahi Banta

“Yaar tu ​*insert your favorite pyaar bhari gaali*​ hai?”
​*take off your jooti*​

These are perfectly acceptable replies when someone says “yaar Pakistan main naya music nahi ban raha.” Over the next two weeks, we’ll be releasing more than 15 new songs, jo sirf aur sirf aap ko Patari per milein ge. PSL ke draft ke sath sath hum apna draft bhi ker rahay thay and finally the lineup includes: ​*drum/dhol roll*​ Somewhatsuper (Bandook walay DJ abbu), Mooroo, Roots, Mehdi, Shajie, Sikander Ka Mandar, Hawai Jahaz, E-Sharp, Farhan Zameer, Abdullah Qureshi, Tamashbeens, Adil Habib, The D/A Method, Sara Haider, Ali Ashraf, Dusk (20th anniversary exclusive) and Junoon. (Aik saans main sab ka name lay ke dekhayen and yes, we just casually threw Junoon in there. More details next week.)


Patari Aslis


VENUE: Casa Bianca (Lahore) and Sattar Buksh (Karachi). Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/523854394462794/
Date: 26th Dec, 6 p.m.

Ager aap ki phuphi ne aap ko shadi per invite nahi kia aur ager aap hum se sacha pyaar kertay hain, to 26th December ko haazir ho jayen, verna jitna merzi easy load kerwayen, bakshish nahi honi (ye dhamki asma ke ilawa sab ke liye hai).

Hazaroon Saal Nargis Apni Beynoori Pe Roti Hai
Bari Mushkil Se Hota Hai Patari Mein Feature Paida

We are talking about Songs Of The Day (SOTD) (http://patari.pk/home/new)  and Regional Section (http://patari.pk/home/discoverSection/regional). It took us a while, but both features/ sections are now live. Finally. Maafi for the delay.​ Check them out, let us know what you like/ hate/ can’t stand.

But fikar not, hum ne apnay developers ko teer ki terha seedha ker dia hai aur ab aap jald naye naye features aur improvements dekhein ge.


Patari Exclusive!

Panaah OST – Farhan Zameer.

New Audiobook!

Patras Ke Mazameen – Patras Bokhari.

New Track!


Lana – Dynoman.

New Track!


Till The End Of Time – Natasha Humera Ejaz.

Compilation Album!5-reshmaReshma – Showcase South Asia.

New Track!


Tere Baghair OST – Sanam Marvi.

Patari Exclusive!


Hope Lives – The D/A Method.

Patari Exclusive!


Aik Parinda Tha  Adil Habib.

New Track!


Jannat – Junaid Butt.



Until the next Haftanama – Dhayr sara pyar,

Team Patari.

Patras Kay Mazameen

Back when they first started, there was a debate over what the point of litfests in Pakistan was. They seemed elitist and unimaginative and much more. To be fair, at first none of those attending seemed to know either, but over time the combination of free-to-enter public spaces catering to something other than food or religion (though both would be present) meant that these events seemed to generate their own gravitational pull, attracting attendees and sponsors alike.

One thing that has been common to all these literary fests, regardless of which city or season they have been held in in Pakistan, is that there are two boxoffice acts – Mohammad Hanif and Zia Moheyuddin. The crowds for their talks are always overflowing, with gates forcibly shut to prevent further people from entering.

It was at one of these events, where Zia Moheyuddin gave a series of readings, that I had the opportunity to have Patras Bokhari first brought to life. Granted, I had been taught some of his stories at school, but all that had left were some memories of an amusing story. However, the lyricism and magic that exist in Patras Bokhari’s writings had been lost one me. His writings feel infinitely better when read, or heard, with the life and vigour inherent in the language used.

Listening to Zia Moheyuddin’s masterly narration, one gets a far truer picture of the sheer delight that Patras sb seemed to take in his writing, or at least the delight he hoped to evoke. The time I heard Zia Moheyuddin read out Patras Bokhari’s story, he also spent some time talking about his personal experiences of the man, who was one of his teachers at school. It gave me a brief insight into the absolutely remarkable life read by this great author, which is summarised well in this piece by Raza Rumi in All Things Pakistan, which brings up his contributions as much lauded actor, a literary mentor, a broadcaster, a speechwriter for heads of state and a distinguished and celebrated diplomat at the UN.

The website established by his grandson has a charming anecdote which in a way references that idea we have of The Great Pakistani Man at an international stage. (See also: Bhutto, ZA; Kardar, AH)

A little known contribution of Bokhari is the survival of UNICEF, which was about to be disbanded after having completed its humanitarian mandate in the WW2 devastated Europe… Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of the US President was the Chief US delegate. Bokhari as the chief delegate of Pakistan was elected to chair the Committee meeting.

She read from the prepared US statement given to her, thanking UNICEF for a job well done and proposed its winding up. Bokhari at that point in a dramatic manner stepped down from the Presidents Podium and resumed his seat as Pakistani delegate. He said that listening to Mrs. Roosevelt, he felt that he was presiding over some funeral. He said although UNICEF’s work in Europe may have ended, there were millions of suffering women and children in the developing countries that were in far greater need of UNICEF’s help. This reprimand stunned Mrs. Roosevelt. At the next day meeting of the Committee, she thanked Bokhari and reversed the US position.

However, during much of his life, Bokhari was often criticised by his literary peers, who felt he was wasting his talents by committing himself to so many different fields. Raza Rumi points these out.

Patras has, however, been criticised for being a man without a vocation and one who did not adequately focus on his literary genius.

Allama Iqbal is purported to have composed the poem Aik Falsafazada Syedzaday Kay Naam on his disappointment after meeting Patras upon the latter’s return from Cambridge…

Noon Meem Rashed, a student, lamented that Patras was “…a great man who missed the bus. The buses passed by one after the other, while he kept looking under his feet. For example, writing was his forte and among his countrymen he will always be remembered and respected as a writer, rather than as an administrator or diplomat; but he did very little to apply himself seriously to writing and once he sold his soul to the demons of administration and diplomacy, so to say, he found it even harder to satisfy his urge to write.”

I was unaware of this image of Patras Bokhari – imagine having Allama Iqbal of all people writing a diss(appointment) track about you! But the more I thought about it, the more I realised something about his place in time and culture.

This week, Patari has launched the first of many audiobooks we will be hosting on the site. Our first partners are the brilliant people at Urdu Studio, who have created a vast library of Urdu titles across genres and authors, available as audiobooks.  They have spent a long time to create studio-quality recordings of many a great work of literature, bringing together professional voice artists to do the recordings. While Urdu Studio has been a huge success amongst the Pakistani diaspora, they also wanted to find sustainable ways of introducing these audiobooks to Pakistani listeners, which is where we came in.

But returning to Patras, the reason we agreed to have him as our first choice was because he was both accessible and yet intellectually formidable. Take this story, Hostel Mei Parhana, which is exceedingly contemporary in its nature. Patras’s account of his life as a university student is full of wicked satire and some marvellous use of language, and yet it is also very universal in its insights and consistently self-aware and self-deprecating. The irony, the self-reflexivity, the moderness are all reasons that Patras’s work translates so well into another medium – audiorecording – as well as for a contemporary audience. Despite the fact that the language used here is regularly ornate, it remains something that people living today can instantly relate to.

It makes me think of all his critics, who seemed to be correct in their assessments on Bokhari several decades ago. But what they all didn’t realise was that he was a man both of his time, but also well ahead of it, which is why his genius remains relevant today.

20th Haftanama Patari.


On days like these, when we relive the tragedies that afflicted us, we often berate ourselves. We say we haven’t learnt anything and we fear that things will get worse, and we are often right to say these things. But maybe such an approach is also selfish, because it ends up ignoring the sacrifices of those we are meant to remember and we end up focusing on ourselves.

One great way to honour the young, precious lives of the APS attack is to realize that we are alive, that we exist together, that we care for what we lost. It’s important to remember that even getting through the days can be difficult, and each of us that makes it through each day deserves to take pride in it. It is important to remember that even if there is so much around us that causes distress,  the ability to feel that pain is still a worthy one to have.

The tragedy of the APS attack – the shock of its nature and the innocence of its victims – crystallized the intense agony and chaos that we have seen as a nation in a decade of war. It reminded us of just how terrible and wretched the situation had gotten, and of what a genuinely cruel world we live in. But it also gave us a purpose, a resolve. Even if we didn’t realize it, many of us knew that we couldn’t go on unless we honor the victims of this tragedy, and by extension each one before it; it was a day which changed a country that had already seen so many changes. But most importantly, it was a day where life asked all it could of Pakistan. The fact that we stand here today, together and able to remember our greatest tragedy, is not something we can take for granted.

Let us pray for those dearly departed souls, and let us honor them by living truly, living honestly and living with love.


Featured Track


Poocho Na – Assad Hasanain.

Featured Track


Ibn-e-Qaabeel – Sarkash.

New Track


Zinda Hai – Azal.

New Track


Mujhe Dushman Ke Bachon Ko Parhana Hai – ISPR.

New Track


Bara Dushman Bana Phirta Hai – ISPR.

New Track


Aasman Tham GayaFaizal Shakeel.

New Track


Hum Na Bhoolay Hain – AZ  (The Band).

Featured Track


Khoon – Topi Drama.

Featured Track


Zabaan – Saad Follows.



Until the next Haftanama – Dhayr sara pyar,

Team Patari.

19th Haftanama Patari!

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Hey-O Pataristaniyo!

Duur se dekha tou aashiq taras rahay thay,
Paas aa ke dekha tou paisay baras rahay thay.

Agar aap ne ghaur kia ho, tou pichlay haftay se humari saari kitties sirf Colombia ka powdered milk pee rahi hain. Iss ayaashi ki waja yeh hai ke 4th December ko humara pehle quarter khatam hua, aur uss hi ke saath hum ne apnay tamam artists ke liye 1.25 MILLION RUPEES ke payout ka ilaan kia! Ji haan azeezan-e-karam, Patari ne apna waada nibha ke hi dikhaya! (#ThankYouRaheelShareef ).

Humaray launch se le ke aaj tak, jitni dafa bhi AAP ne Patari pe koi gaana suna, utni dafa aap ke favorite artists ko iss payout ka ek hissa mila! YOU made this happen our dear Pataristaniyo, and humari dil se dua hai ke aap yunhi humara saath dete rahainge.


Khasta, Taaza, Meetha Aur Namkeen

Patari Payout ke ilawa, humaray paas ek aur dhamakaydaar khabar bhi hai! Iss mahinay mein hum concerts, giveaways, artist meetups, space travel aur bohat kuch karne lagay hain! Take a look at our collaboration with the fabulous Sara Haider and Levi’s Teaser to get one idea of yeh kahani kidher jaa rahi hai. Aur other than that, hold on to this – Patari Aslis.

Oh and ek aur cheez. One of the Godfathers of Guitar, the mesmeric Aamir Zaki is also going to be launching a whole bunch of remastered and unreleased tracks exclusively on Patari. Check out his latest release here: Meray Pass.

Fame Wali Gamex

Haan agar aap Patari pe artist hain, ya kisi artist ko jantay hain aur apnay payout aur subsequent wealth and fame ke intezaar mei hain, tou please stand by your inboxes and await a very important email from our artist liaison team. We will need several important details from you for both taxation and legal purposes, so please do go through it carefully. Aik dafa jab paisay mil jayein, tou phir you can unfriend all your current FB friends and give your name a weird spelling and prepare to hang out with Shakira… or Shakir bhai at the local paan shop, depending on the size of your cheque…


Patari Exclusive!


Meray Paas – Aamir Zaki Ft. Hadiqa Kiani.

New Track!


Janay Do (Remix) – Zoe Viccaji.

New EP!


Shenanigun – The First – Shenanigun.

New Track!


Farda – Bayaan.

New Track!


Ali Wali – Asrar.

New Track!


Khayali Samandar – Raat.

New Track!


Guzaarish (OST) – Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.

Patari Exclusive!


The Wax Museum – The D/A Method.

Patari Exclusive!


Shores of Europa – Sasta Artist.



Until the next Haftanama – Dhayr sara pyar,

Team Patari.

Ye Indie Music Kya hay?

When I tell people I work at Patari, they often ask me, “Music industry ‘ka kya scene hay?’ Does Jal still exist? Is Junoon reuniting? Will Fawad khan ever sing again? Can I get a free Patari kitty sticker? Is there a new Meesha Shafi music video out?”

The mainstream industry in Pakistan has been going downhill for years. No one wants to make music unless they can sell it to a fizzy drink company, or give it to Bollywood. But to this question, I nearly always say “Indie music ka bara scene hay.” Lekan ye indie music hay kya? How has this alien term become suddenly so important? Isn’t all music currently being produced in Pakistan technically independent music? Functional record labels scarcely have a presence anymore. Everyone from Noori to Tahir Shah is making their own music. In that case, what is Indie music? Is it a genre? Do you have to have a house in Defence for it? Do you have to be an IVS or LUMS graduate to make it? What do artists like Ali Suhail, Asfandyar Khan and Poor Rich Boy have in common?

Indie is as much about the music as it is about how the music is made. It is associated with being ‘authentic’, somehow unlike most other mainstream music. Most of the musicians in the indie scene in Pakistan are either college students or people with day jobs. At the risk of sounding cliché’d, it wouldn’t be incorrect to say that for these musicians, it is not about the money but about making art. But this is also true for a lot of mainstream music, since music is barely a profession in Pakistan these days. It’s easier to sense this honesty in indie music because of these artists bold attempts at experimenting with sounds and genres not traditionally explored in mainstream Pakistani music. We have Poor Rich Boy and Saad Follows exploring folk/alternative rock, Tollcrane and Dynoman making electronic dance music. 6LA8 and Atif Farooq making post-rock. It is not only their music but the musicians themselves often to seem have an eccentric almost quirky character to them. With names like Janoobi Kharogosh, Sikandar ka Mandar and Basheer and the Pied Pipers you automatically know that these guys aren’t your traditional rockstars.

Songs should be able to capture ideas and feelings, this is why the lyrics should be given as much importance as the music itself. This is something that a large strain of Pakistani pop music, unfortunately, has recently ignored. Lyrics have either revolved around a handful of folk poems and ghazals or laments of  ‘neend ati nahi’, ‘dil roya’, ‘raat jaga’.  Artists like Shajie, Poor Rich Boy and Saad Follows are great examples of Indie artists whose words are both powerful and distinct. Sometimes their absurdity is what sets them apart from the emotionally loaded lyrics of mainstream artists.

It is not always easy to categorize artists as mainstream or indie as the boundaries between these two groups are not well cut out. A lot has to do with perceptions about the music’s origin and its creator. Indie is a relatively new term in Pakistani music and this new generation of post 2010 artists including Dynoman, Shajie, Asfandyar Khan, Nawksh are the first ones to define the labels meaning and connotations.

To explore this new turn in the Pakistani music industry that promises to revive the music scene, there can be no better place to start than Pataris own indie playlist.

Pop Sitars

Noorzadeh Raja has this great mellow-afternoon soft-rock song that we featured in Haftanama 18:

It caught our imagination:


The song has many great things about it, but it’s the texture of the song – made by Rakae Jamil’s sitar – that sets it apart.

The sitar has lagged behind desi percussion and the harmonium for uptake in Pakistani pop, which is strange considering it was one of the first Indian instruments to make it to Western pop. The biggest Western coup for the sitar being late Beatles music (prominent songs: Norwegian Wood, Love You To, Within You Without You).

The sitar’s travels to the West also gave us piece of magic:

The closest thing we have to this is psychedelic work from film composers Sohail Rana & Nisar Bazmi:

And perhaps the most prominent public presence of the sitar today is at Nafees Ahmad’s accompaniment at Zia Mohyeddin’s new year’s eve show at Lahore’s Ali Auditorium. Nafees Ahmad also played in this year’s Coke Studio:

Western pop’s infractions towards the east have mostly looked at North Indian Classical Music, where the sitar is often prominent. On the other hand, recent Pakistani pop’s explorations into South Asian musical traditions has largely centered around Sufi music. Junoon, of course, led this effort, and many others have taken it up in their stead. Which has meant that qawwali is the primary genre that pop has interacted with, and qawwali will often have only a harmonium and some percussion. Both of which have seen more successful forays into pop.

The sitar really found it’s voice in Pakistani pop when Rakae played with cousins Noori on Coke Studio 2:

Coke Studio has tried a handful of sitar pieces since, most of which are rooted in classical composition. Pop’s sitar players are few and far between – Rakae Jamil may be the only prominent one.

And if nothing else, I appreciate the effort to broaden the horizons of both pop and the use of the sitar in contemporary music. Why? Because unlike many other things in life, in music new-ness is almost always good. Because new means different, and difference allows art to do what it’s meant to: shake things up. The great thing about art, music especially, as opposed to other creative production like software is that art never goes out of date. Which means that even if a style isn’t fashionable in the moment, it may become so later. It is this permanence that leads us now into Sohail Rana’s work from many decades ago, which was perhaps ahead of its time in terms of fashion.

Review Roundup for Begum Gul Bakaoli Sarfarosh

There was lots of deserved hype about the album. Here’s a collection of our favorite reviews for the album so far:

Zahra Salahuddin for Dawn:

It’s understandable that the band deals with the pressure to make a mark with this album, but there’s only so many times one can listen to a similar style. It was as though they wanted to play it safe with this one and give the fans what they have always wanted to hear from Noori, rather than experimenting with something different.

Our very own Aymen Rizwan for The Nation:

I was probably one of the most excited fans ahead of the album’s launch. And I’m really glad that amidst the dying Pakistani music industry Noori has released a full studio album. It doesn’t disappoint, it’s just that the amount of new songs really leaves you wanting more.

Resident contributor Zeerak Ahmed writes another one for Dawn:

Begum Gul Bakaoli Sarfarosh had to sound triumphant. For what it’s worth, Noori could have put out any album and many of their fans would still have swooned. Such is their following. But for the sanctity of the promise they made us in 2003, and for a renewed belief that Noori was what they set out to be, and what we made them to be, there was no other way but for the album to attempt to reaffirm our and their faith.

Patari DOC Ahmer Naqvi was MCing Noori’s pre-release tour of Begum Gul Bakaoli Sarfarosh. You can hear some of his interviews with the band alongside live performances of the new song in our BGBS preview series.

Ahmer also wrote a piece on his experiences with the band for The Friday Times:

The wave finally hits my legs, and my view of the band starts to change. At this moment, I still have to decide how I feel about their new album or their music in general, but I am able to observe one aspect of their craft up close. Despite all these years and how much this country has changed, Noori still understands the excruciating art of connecting, viscerally, with a Pakistani audience. Everything else aside, that is no mean feat.

Zohaib Kazi’s Album & Graphic Novel Coming This Month

Dawn’s Images:

The album will be launched in December this year. Published by Markings, the album will bring forward popular artistes like Zoe Viccaji, Omran Shafique, Abbas Ali Khan and Kazi himself.

The animated video has been looked after by Kamal Khan and the project spanned over four years with some of the frames hand-drawn digitally.

Sneak peek of the video:

How I feel about this:


Zohaib Kazi’s music, perhaps along with Janoobi Khargosh, is near the top of the charts if you order them by quality to lack-of-knownness ratio.

The demos we have off the album are already some of my favorite recent songs:

Arshad Mahmud is Launching a Record Label

The Express Tribune on MoUSICi: 

Elaborating on the model, he explained that audience these days mostly comprise of youngsters. “Eighty to 90% of our music would be catering to the popular choice but we also want to have music for the remaining audiences,” stated the music producer.

Works for me. We wish them the best, and look forward to the possibility of working with MoUSICi.

The Tribune quotes Mahmud:

“Most of the music being made by musicians these days is either a remixed or cover version of classic songs. Musicians like Vital Signs and Nazia & Zoheb made a name by doing original songs and not remixes,” Mahmud told The Express Tribune.

I’m not sure if this is quite true, but a lot of original music isn’t receiving the airtime it used to. So you have to go looking for it. The death of the music channel, the inhospitable nature of the FM stations, probably both a big part of this.

18th Haftanama Patari!




Adaab Pataristaniyo!

This Haftanama is full of BREAKING NEWS. JEE HAAN, HAM AP KO BATATAY CHALAIN AIK DAFA PHIR BREA…. I can’t do this anymore. How do newscasters do it everyday?Anyway… yeah, Haftanama is full of stuff.



Our Prime Minister was replaced this week (long story, ask Masterjee Bumbu). Our new Vuzeerayazam is…HOW EM LOOKIN’ O HOW EM LOOKIN’.

Koi Anay Wala Hai

Patari ki 3-month-versary (Yes, that is a thing now. Deal with it!) per koi aa raha hai aur kuch laa raha hai.
Guess kero.
No, not a new song.
No, not the jinn/churail stuff either.
Nope, not for you, unless you are an artist on Patari.
And no, he isn’t bringing chuwaray (Our founder got married this weekend. He didn’t give us any chuwaray. #sedlyf.)
Us ke paas wo orange wala maal hai. Asli wala. Party scene awn!

Even though this “koi” is not for you, he/ she is coming because of you. Well, technically (iss se pehlay ke aap sir per charhain), your Patari usage. AB AUR KIA HINT DEIN? KER LO NA GUESS. Ager aap ko nahi pata chala to aap aglay haftay ham se “Wo kon thee/tha” pooch saktay hain.

Apps & Stuff

Songs of the Day yaad hai? Wo jo feature ham nay pichlay haftay release kerna tha? But we couldn’t because the person responsible for it was busy getting married tou hamain acha nahi lag raha tha ke ham usay baar baar tang kerain. Hamain maaf keejiye ga. Is haftay pakka upload kerwain gay.sbiancamento denti Promise. Meanwhile, check out our apps here: iOS and Android.

Undo, Undoing, Undone

Undone by Noorzadeh Raja: We don’t have/want to put a witty spin to this announcement. We heard this track a few days ago and haven’t stopped listening to it. Yes, it’s been more than a week. It is one of the most mesmerizing tracks we’ve put on our homepage. Go check it out!

Hello Baji, Yahan Dekhein

Let’s try the newscaster thing again.

BREAKING NEWS! BREAKING! SIRF PATARI HAFTANAMAY MAIN! SUB SAY PEHLAY (not really, adhi awam ko pata chal gaya hua hai BUT WHO CARES). Qaum -e-Patari ke Quaid Mister Khalid Bajwa iss haftay rishta-e-ezdawaj main munsalik ho gaye. Hum unn ko tehe-dil say mubarakbad paish kertay hain. Allah unn ko khush rakhay…
unn ki ehlia k liay dua-e-sabar. #JesuisBhabi

Awaam-e-Patari ham say her haftay Qaum-e-Patari ke baray main poochti hai, to ham nay socha ke iss haftay ham bhi apni moo-dikhai kerwa dain. Hazir-e-khidmat hay: Adhi Qaum-e-Patari, dulha mian, katib-o-katba-e-haza aur kuch intehai cheetay tareen logon ke saath (Mein nay iss say mushkil urdu lafz kabhi nahi istimaal kiya ​*puts Jinnah cap on, eats pan*).

(Har Haftanama ke baad aap ki tareef bhari tweets perh ke hamara khoon jhinga lala boom boom kerta hay. Ainda bhi aisay hi apni feedback (sirf achi wali) share kertay rahiye (zara khul ke kea kerain, hamaray founders perhtay hain aur…you know…tankha++ etc, etc).

​*puts headphones on. “wo qaum ki beti…qandeel baloch”*​


Patari Exclusive!


Vuzeerayazam – Masterjee Bumbu.

New Playlist!


New Releases  – Aik Dam Naya Maal.

Featured Track!


Undone  – Noorzadeh Raja.

New Album!


Harmonic Tremor  Xarb.

New Compilation!


Mehdi Hassan – Showcase Southasia.

New Track!


TarrakiGuru Lahori.

New Track!


Zinda Dargor (OST)  – Ahmed Jahanzeb.

New Track!


Jawab – Shamoon Ismail.

Patari Exclusive!


The Illusionist – The D/A Method.



Until the next Haftanama – Dhayr sara pyar,

Team Patari.