The second edition of Shaan-e-Pakistan, a three-day fashion and cultural fiesta, will be held in the historic city of Lahore this year with the organisers planning to invite veteran actor Anupam Kher.
With the theme ‘Kya Dilli, Kya Lahore’, the event, whose first edition took place in the National Capital last year, aims to bring people of the two nations together through fashion, food and music.
“The rejection of Anupam Kher’s visa is not going to represent the hospitality of the Pakistanis towards the Indians. Veteran actors like him are celebrated in Pakistan and so is any Indian who is willing to visit our country.
“We are working closely with the relevant authorities to have everything running in a smooth process. Since Mr Kher did not get an opportunity to visit this time, we would love to invite him to our show in March in Lahore,” Huma Nassr, organiser of the event, told PTI in an email interview.
The event, scheduled to run from March 20 to 22, will see performances by musicians from India and Pakistan in a gathering called ‘Ek Shaam’.
It will also bring together the food and flavours of India and Pakistan where celebrated chefs will take guests’ palate through a sub-continental cultural journey.
Indian fashion designers like Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Raghavendra Rathore, Neeta Lulla, Meera Muzaffar Ali and Samant Chauhan are likely to participate in the event, to be hosted by VJ Andy Kumar of “Big Boss Season 8” fame.
Pakistani fashion designers include Fahad Hussayn, Zainab Chotani, Aisha Imran, Zubia Motiwala and Ali Xeeshan.
The second day of the event will consist dedicated stalls for participants from India, Bangladesh and Pakistan to showcase their work featuring around 60 craftsmen and couturiers.
“The exhibition itself is set to enhance brands’ accessibility through B2B interaction as well as connect audience members with brands directly,” said Nassr, who is the owner of ‘Braahti’ with shops both in Delhi and Karachi.