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American Cultural Relations with Pakistan

American Cultural Relations with Pakistan

American culture is penetrating in Pakistan and American Government is promoting the cultural activities in a broader prospect to improve the American cultural relations with Pakistan. There is a cultural affair section established in US embassy in Pakistan. Cultural Affair section arranges different cultural activities among Americans and Pakistani and play vital role in making relations stronger.

Here are some glimpses of old days.

Norman Rockwell in Karachi 1955

Norman Rockwell in Karachi 1955

A 1955 photograph of famous American painter and illustrator, Norman Rockwell, on a boat with a press photographer (right) and a Sindhi fisherman (left) at Karachi’s famous Kemari area.

 

American and Pakistani Models wearning sarhi 1961

American and Pakistani Models wearning sarhi 1961

American and Pakistani models exhibit saris made in Pakistan during a 1961 Import/Export festival in the US. Pakistan was one of the leading designers, makers and exporters of saris. It was also the preferred choice of urban middle and upper-middle-class women of the country till about the late 1970s and worn by them during festivals like weddings, parties and even Eid. Sari has always been famous in metropolitan city of Karachi.

American mystic Samuel Lewis sitting with caretakers of Daata darbaar Shrine Lahore in 1962

American mystic Samuel Lewis sitting with caretakers of Daata darbaar Shrine Lahore in 1962

Famous American mystic, Samuel Lewis, visited Pakistan in 1962. He was converted to Islam and followed Sufi Chishti Order. His teacher was Inayat Khan. He is now known as Sufi Ahmed Murad Chisti or Sufi Sam.

 

Karachi song by Miller trio

Karachi song by Miller trio

A 1965 vinyl recording of the song ‘Karachi’ written and performed by popular American jazz ensemble, Maurice Miller Trio.

 

Dizzy Gillespie in Karachi 1954

Dizzy Gillespie in Karachi 1954

Legendary jazz saxophonist and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, visited Pakistan during his whirlwind tour of Asia and the Middle East in the early 1950s. Here, he is seen playing his sax with a Sindhi snake charmer at a public park in Karachi in 1954. This tour was state department tour and government officials were eager to present a positive image of America abroad, the integrated group was a dream come true.

 

Edward S. Arron’s 1962 book Assignment Karachi.

Edward S. Arron’s 1962 book Assignment Karachi.

A copy of famous spy novelist, Edward S. Arron’s 1962 book ‘Assignment Karachi.’

The book was one of the many he wrote that involved the adventures of CIA agent Sam Durell in various cities across the world. This novel, which narrated the tale of Durell working with Pakistani authorities to capture Soviet-backed henchmen, became an instant best-seller in Pakistan.

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