Izzah Khan

Pakistan is a heaven for Buddhist tourism. Its land and people charm with traces of history, generous hospitality and brotherly warmth
24/01/2020

In conversation with Reverend Dr. Neung Hur a Buddhist Monk on Religious Pilgrimage to Pakistan Many people don’t know that Pakistan as a land of Gandhara is like Mecca – the holy place of Islam – for the Buddhist community. Swat is also the birthplace of Padmasambhava who is universally celebrated as the Second Buddha, reincarnated in the 8th century AD. There are several leading ancient philosophers from Peshawar, Swat and Taxila, who...

25th ICOM General Conference, Kyoto, Japan
29/12/2019

The 25th general conference of International Council of Museums (ICOM) took place between 1st and 7th September in Kyoto, Japan, in which approximately 4200 museum professionals from 118 countries participated. It was my first time representing Pakistan at such a prestigious platform as a member of ICOM-Pakistan’s National Committee. This was an experience like no other as it was the first time a woman represented Pakistan at ICOM. It...

Youth and Our Cultural Identity
01/10/2019

Pakistan is one of the fortunate countries which is experiencing a youth bulge. Youth within the age bracket of 15 to 29 years forms nearly 30 percent of the total population, out of which more than 50 percent are girls. On top of that, approximately 64 percent of our population is below the age of 30. That makes Pakistan a young nation, as compared to the aging population of many countries of the world. The statistical profile of our nation would...

Changing Consumer Culture in Pakistan
01/10/2019

We live in a fast paced, dynamic, new world and cultures are responding to the influences of globalization. The trends of consumerism and merchandising are also continuously shifting. As a  cultural practitioner, I wear a cultural lens to see a 360 degree shift in global consumer culture,specifically in Pakistani context. In the past five years, we have seen a major shift in consumer culture in Pakistan. Another shift is that retailers have started...

Safeguarding Cultural Heritage
01/10/2019

Culture is the distinctive lifestyle, value systems and world views of a group of people that include traditions, beliefs and practices of a community. Culture is the fundamental marker of identity which binds the community together as a group. Heritage or Virsa is the legacy of the past generations in the form of values, norms and life styles, which include both tangible and intangible aspects. Cultural heritage is the legacy of physical artifacts...

Women in Culture
01/10/2019

International Council of Museums (ICOM), is a unique network of more than 37,000 members and museum professionals who represent the global museum community. Having its headquarters in Paris, France, ICOM was inaugurated in 1946 by and for museum professionals. It has 115 National Committees and 30 International Committees dedicated to various museum specialties. To represent Pakistan, a National Committee of ICOM Pakistan was established in 1962,...

Pakistani Museums Celebrate Women in Culture
25/09/2019

The role of women in the creative formation of cultures has always been under represented in history. Women have, by and large, been restricted to the domestic sphere and the doors of education and employment barred on them. This is also true for Pakistan, where until recently there were a limited range of professions considered suitable for female employment despite being eligible on the basis of their intellectual potential, skillset or passion for...