Noori Jam Tamachi – Pakistani folklore

by on October 6, 2010
in Music & Culture in Pakistan

Famous Pakistani folklore-Noori Jam Tamachi

Noori Jam Tamachi is a folk tale from Sindh. According to this tale, Jam Tamachi ruled the lower Sindh while Noori belonged to the tribe of fisherman. Noori was a pretty girl and caught the fancy of Jam Tamachi who was on a hunting expedition. Jam Tamachi was so dazzled by her beauty that regardless of the wide class difference between them, married her.

Though Jam Tamachi was very happy, others at his palace especially his queens and court members frowned upon the humble background of the new queen. Jam Tamachi however silenced his critics by saying that Noori was a person of great character. To prove his point, Jam Tamachi asked his queens to dress up as he would take the best dressed queen for a ride. All the queens with the exception of Noori dressed in finest clothes and jewelry. Noori was dressed in the clothes she used to wear when she was a simple girl. When asked about her attire, Noori replied that the old clothes reminded her of her roots. Jam Tamachi already in love with Noori was now more impressed by her simplicity and chose her above the other queens. The two led a happy life.

However, according to one version of this story, Jam Tamachi’s attentions towards Noorie made his other queens jealous and one day out of jealousy, they poisoned her to death. Noorie is remembered as a woman of character, piety and simplicity.

Lila-Chanesar – Pakistani folklore

by on September 28, 2010
in Music & Culture in Pakistan

Pakistani famous folklore Lila Chanesar

Raja Chanesar was the ruler of the Sindh from the Soomro dynasty. He was happily married to Lila. At the same time, Rana Kanghar and his wife Mirkhi ruled over Lakhpat in Kutchh. The couple had a beautiful but vain daughter Kaunru. Kaunru was engaged to her cousin who often noticing her proud attitude remarked that she behaved as if she was to be Chanesar’s queen. Kaunru stung by this sarcasm told her parents that she would only marry Chanesar or end her life. Alarmed her parents approached Jakhiro, a minister in Chanesar’s court begging him to convince the Raja to marry Kaunru. Chanesar was outraged when he heard this and refused the proposal.

Kaunru then disguised herself and sought employment in Queen Lila’s palace. She was given the duty of preparing the bed for the couple at night. Once while performing her duties, Kaunru started crying and on inquiry told the queen that she (Kaunru) too was a princess who had every luxury and that instead of lanterns and lamps, her room was lit by the glittering diamonds of her “Naulakha Har”. Now diamonds and fine jewelry were the queen’s weakness. When Queen Lila saw the necklace, she asked Kaunru to quote the price. Kaunru in return asked for a night with the king. The foolish queen agreed and asked her husband to sleep with Kaunru. Chanesar furious at the suggestion refused to comply with the queen’s wishes.

One night when Chanesar came to bed stone drunk, Lila asked Kaunru to sleep in her place. In the morning when Chanesar found Kaunru on his side, he was shocked and felt insulted. Seething with anger he turned Lila out of the castle and married Kaunru. Full of remorse, Lila went back to her parent’s house.

Jakhiro the minister was getting married to a girl from Lila’s family. When Lila heard that Chanesar would be at the wedding, she covered her face with a veil and danced and sang along with other girls. The king impressed by the veiled figure’s performance asked her to reveal her face. On seeing Lila’s face behind the veil, Chanesar fell on the floor dead. Lila followed after a few seconds.

Pride of Pakistan – Iraj Manzoor

Hot and popular model of Pakistan Iraj Manzoor

Suave and sultry, Iraj Manzoor is the super model of Pakistan. She has dominated the fashion scene for more than a decade but has not lost her appeal and stirs quite an excitement among the audience when she walks down the ramp.

Iraj is blessed with sharp eastern features and is the first choice of the designers when it comes to eastern clothes especially bridal wear. She looks extremely sensual in gowns and other western clothes. Besides being the queen of the ramp, Iraj has been extensively photographed as well. Her beautiful photogenic face has graced the covers of all leading fashion magazines time and again. Totally committed to her work, she actually adds life to whatever project she is involved in.

She has represented Pakistan both at national level and internationally. Iraj is a part of every big fashion event in the country. She is elegant and charming and is well versed with the art of displaying the designer’s work. Dubbed as the “dusky beauty”, Iraj Manzoor has acquired the diva status through hard work and dedication.

Whenever Pakistani Fashion Industry is mentioned, Iraj Manzoor is the first name that comes to mind. Iraj Manzoor has been there for many years and still she is appreciated for her brilliant work.

Pride of Pakistan – Vaneeza Ahmed

Pakistani popular model and actress Vaneeza-Ahmed

Vaneeza Ahmed popularly known as Vinnie is one of the top models f Pakistan. According to Vinnie she dabbled into modeling just for fun but started taking it seriously after offers started poring in. Her first shoot was for designer Nilofar Shahid with Khawar Riaz. The success of the shoot announced the arrival of Vinnie in the fashion world where she was to be the uncrowned queen for years to come.

Although not classically beautiful, she is full of pose and poise. She has elegance and a figure to die for. She can wear bold (read low cut dresses) without looking vulgar. Although she entered modeling 15 years ago, she still looks fresh on the ramp and the fashion photographers love to click their cameras when she poses for them.

Vinnie is a perfect combination of beauty and brains. She has made the right choices in her career and her smart professional moves have made her most sought after and successful model. She has made a place for herself in the field which is known for its fickle mindedness.

Vinnie launched her own designer lawn prints VLawn in 2006 and has now expanded it. Vinnie has also acted in some plays; the role of Mr. Jinnah’s daughter Dina Wadia remains her favorite. She also has the honor of holding the Olympic Torch when it came to Pakistan in 2006.

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