The University of London Talent show-What an awesome night!
25 March 2004
I am certain that everyone that attended the Zahanat Talent Show on Tuesday will agree it was a massive success!
The show commemorated the resolution passed in 1940, which paved way for independence and the creation of the Islamic state of Pakistan.
It kicked off with the amazing Wasid (from City University) reciting two classic nasheeds, Shah-e-Medina and Sami Yusuf’s Al-Mu’allim.
Saima Hameed (from Cambridge University) then stunned the audience with her kathak dance – not only because she was great, but also because she made it look so easy, though I assure you it is not!
Next came what was in my eyes, the highlight of the evening – the catwalk commissioned by Trendz UK (A Green Street based designer boutique, bringing the work of top Pakistani designers, such as HSY, Niki Nina, Sonya Battla and many more to our doorstep). This segment simply blew me and the audience away, the stunning models Asad, Vidya, Shahed, Farzana, Shabeer, Farah and Zafran, were made to look even more dazzling by the freelance make-up consultant Heema.
The models did justice to the outstanding party wear collection picked from Trendz UK. The clothes were so astounding the audience was left breathless, and the models were sure to be tantalized, for at the end of the night the clothes had to be returned - how the models managed to do this I do not know. However, what I do know is that after the announcement made: 'For the two weeks succeeding the Zahanat Talent Show, Trendz UK would be offering a 10% discount to all customers who mentioned the event', their shop will certainly be bombarded with ULU PakSoc members and rightfully so!
After the break the show re-opened with a big bang – Mumzy and his entourage performing “Dream Girl”. "Wow"! Could they sing and dance, it is only a matter of time until we see them on Top of The Pops!!
Equally amazing were the next two acts, Abid and Kareem (from City University) singing solo to numerous songs. They were so good the audience simply would not let them leave the stage!
Saima Hameed then made her second entrance on the stage, but this time touching the hearts of the audience with a heartfelt presentation on internships in Pakistan - For anyone considering it, she is certainly the lady to speak to, what with her breadth of knowledge and passion!
The final two acts, the spectacular dancers from Royal Holloway and then Askari (singing) and Jeeva (playing the flute), bought the show to a full circle and left the audience in the mood for the final 60 minutes of pure ‘masti’ and ‘hangama’, made possible by the renowned DJs AG$ and FREESOUL.
Jawad Kayani (City)
Farah Khan (IOE)
Mehvish Choudhry (Kings)
Would like to thank all who performed at and attended the show.
A special thanks to our sponsors Attractions and the following individuals:
Amina Ahmed (UEL)
Nida Ansari (SOAS)
Irfan Jeeva (UCL)
Asad Khan (UCL)
for their expertise, support but most importantly, their presence!!!
Did I mention buffet food was served too!
by Farah Khan