Karachi is Pakistan’s largest city, the second most populous in the world and the capital of Sindh Province. A port on the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman, it is a megacity of 20 million inhabitants (more than double of London). In the 1940s, American servicemen dubbed it ’The Paris of the East’  and the city was the main stopover for flights and ships passing through the region. With Dubai now as the main stopover, Karachi faces environmental and structural disorder, with an estimated 500,000 street beggars and a private security industry generating ($6,000,000) six hundreds of millions of dollars in business each year.
The field recordings from Karachi that we sample in this month’s PoL are prompts to these concerns, eliciting a series of questions about the nature and composition of society in general, and the one in which they were recorded.
This talk forms part of an Arts Council supported series by Bradley and Weaver in October.
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