Oh god, one more podcast?
That's right, one more. A podcast about South Asian media, including art, culture, film, and music. Hosted by the Maazes.
USTAD-ed From The Bottom
If you’ve never heard of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, it’s possible you are living under a physical and metaphorical rock. The Qawwal legend is perhaps the most famous singer of this particular art form, but he is certainly not the only one. Join the Maazes as they discover the history, reach, and future of Qawwali, a beautiful form of music that requires not only an astounding vocal range, but also impressive flexibility from its cross-legged singers.
Inside Pakistan’s Music Industry
As listeners of Pakistani music, we’re simply fans on the outside looking in. In this very special bonus episode, Pakistani musicians, producers, and more join the Maazes to share an inside look at what the music industry in Pakistan *actually* looks like. We hear from Omran Shafique’s 10-season run as guitarist for Coke Studio to Natasha Noorani launching Pakistan’s premier music festival to Shahjehan Khan’s 15-year journey as a punk rock musician in America. We hear the good, the bad, and the deep shared love all these artists have for music.
Rock On, Pakistan
Much like Drama, there is one medium that every Pakistani can’t help but bow down to: Pakistani Rock.
Though different from the ghazal music that our parents revered, Pakistani rock fed the soul of an angsty generation that was simply yearning to be heard. The Maazes investigate the likes of Vital Signs, Junoon, Jal, and more, uncovering how this genre was responsible for creating a new music era of Pakistan, including the country’s anthem “Dil Dil Pakistan.”
Don’t Be So Dramatic
At some point all Pakistanis have cringed at the general Lollywood industry, but one thing is held sacred by all: the Pakistani drama. From Humsafar to Zindagi Gulzaar Hai to Dil Lagi, Pakistani dramas have intricate plots, devastating dramatics, and besharam betrayals aplenty. The Maazes examine the long-standing Pakistani drama scene, the lack of relative success of the adjacent Lollywood industry, and of course, the best memories the Maazes have of their parents binging Pakistani dramas at all hours of the day.
Coca Cola Tuuu
Which desi hasn’t heard of Coke Studio by now? The global sensation has mesmerized audiences well outside of Pakistan. The musical program has launched the careers of many aspiring artists like Momina Mustehsan, while featuring such legends as Abrar ul Haq, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, and Abida Parveen. The Maazes recount the best of the Studio, and sit down with Ali Sethi, who has been featured in multiple seasons of the show.
The depiction of Pakistani men and women in some Bollywood movies can be an interesting maze to navigate. Movies that securely position Pakistan as the “bad guy” can make a real impact on children viewing those movies. In this episode, we examine the emotional toll that movies such as Border, Gadar, Dil Se, LOC Kargil, Veer-Zaara, Mission Kashmir, and many more extracted from the Maazes. As tensions between India and Pakistan persist, where do actors and actresses in the industry stand, and how has Bollywood bridged — or expanded — the divide?
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These guys are a riot
Interesting take on all things Bollywood!
These episodes are perfect throwbacks to the classics and modern Bollywood! Have made my morning commutes feel so much shorter. Let Maaz Squared brighten up your day!
Walk down memory lane
Loll this brought back so much from growing up in a bollywood-centric household. The Katrina Kaif bit cracked me up!