October issue 2010
Two very sentient youngsters, 18-year-old students from Karachi Grammar School, Sharik Bashir and Ali Bhojani, put together a concert at the PACC on September 15 for flood relief. Ali, a talented, left-handed guitarist and a fervent fan of Jimi Hendrix, and Sharik, a drumming sensation (as attested to by their friends), gathered six other bands from different schools to perform that night. And, of course, it was a spectacular success. More than 250 students, packed into the auditorium, rocked to classics by the Beatles and Kings of Leon.
‘O’ and ‘A’ Levels students from The Lyceum, Nixor, Karachi Grammar School, Southshore and L’ecole participated. The event was sponsored by Premier Insurance and Ismail Industries (Candyland). The concert went way past the estimated time as students hung around to support their favourite bands while enjoying the french fries and shwarma outside. Hotbox, the band from Nixor, stole the show, amidst cheers, as they performed “Come Together” by the Beatles. On the request of the organisers, a KGS band (Mash) also played the hit “Dil Dil Pakistan” bringing the students’ patriotic fervour to the fore. The organisers collected Rs150,000 for flood victims who are in desperate need of food, water, medicine and blankets.
Maheen Bashir Adamjee is an APNS award-winning journalist. She was an editorial assistant at Newsline from 2010-2011.