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Sindhis have made indisputable contributions to India and Pakistan’s economy and identity, yet their own identity comes into question all the time.

In today’s episode, Rajan travels to Pakistan to meet Rafay Rashdi, a filmmaker, TV producer, politician and part time music connoisseur! Rafay talks to us about how Sindh is slowly losing its culture, scholars, storytellers, artists, folklore and even language on the backdrop of modernisation.

It seems that after partition, trust may have been the biggest loss in Sindh. The province will continue to exist but the value may not.

Is the Sindhi cultural identity vanishing and will it be recognised in another 30 years? Comment below.

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About Rafay Rashdi 

Rafay Rashdi is an award winning writer, producer & director who has over 10 years’ experience within the Pakistani Media Industry. An IT graduate by profession (M.Sc City University, London. B.Com Information Technology Management, Ryerson University, Toronto Canada), Rafay decided to follow his passion with his debut feature film “Thora Jee Le”. Released in cinemas January 20th 2017. The film was written & directed and produced under his banner Rafay Rashdi Productions. Currently streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime (U.S & U.K). The producer was the first of a kind to launch new talent and paved the way for superstars today (Bilal Abbas, Ramsha Khan). Rafay also produced 15 television production drama serials for HUM Network Limited and Urdu 1, out of which three won national awards (Rangreza, Dildaarian, Baandi) (all productions are currently available on YouTube on HUM TV’s official channel). Rafay was also the producer of the first ever Pakistan International Film Festival which exhibited more than 50 films and catered to filmmakers from U.S.A, South East Asia, India.

Rafay has also contested for general elections for Member of the Parliament for the provincial assembly of Sindh, Pakistan.

Apart from being a filmmaker, Rafay has also done digital PR and marketing for feature films (Parwaaz Hai Junoon & Superstar for HUM Films) focusing on territories that include Canada, China and Pakistan.

Recently Rafay was working with Canadian broadcast and television industry on focusing on promoting Princess Margaret Cancer Research fund raising program for cancer patients. Princess Margaret Cancer Center is amongst the top 5 research institutes in the world alongside international broadcast networks CP24, CTV, TLN, Rogers & Bell Media.

As a hobby Rafay also runs a digital channel show titled “Behind The Curtain with Rafay Rashdi” which welcomes independent, and commercial filmmakers all over the world to have sessions on technological advancements trends in the world of television, digital and cinema. Behind The Curtain with Rafay Rashdi is the first digital talk show from Pakistani origin to make it to the OTT platform Amazon Prime’s Prime Video. Exclusively available to audiences in U.S & UK.

About the Global Indian Series:

My name is Rajan Nazran Chief explorer for the Global Indian Series, the official platform for people of Indian origin (PIO), because let’s face it, we are everywhere!

For almost 15 years we have travelled across the globe covering 58 countries to date whilst exploring the kaleidoscope of our remarkable 50 shades of brown community.

Voyaging to the edges of the Amazon, facing Ebola in West Africa, being held hostage in Eastern Europe, tapping rubber in Malaysia, drinking chai with Heads of State and sharing laughter with local fishermen – I have been there, looking for us!

Our purpose is simple, to build a living encyclopaedia of the human experience of the community and a safe mooring ground for open discussions, whether you are an NRI, Indian Diaspora, person of Indian origin (PIO) or a fan of South Asian anthropology, what we do is bring people and communities together.

We do this by plunging into the human experience of being a person of Indian origin (PIO), taking a second look at the countries we now call home and tackling the conversations we need to know more about.

Through our range of award-winning original content (print, podcasts, events and TV) and fascinating discussions, our impactful stories and platforms have spearheaded national and international conversations that have brought people together.

Our work is featured in global brands including The Indian Express through to the CNBC network.

How to get involved:
Interested in getting involved in building the world’s largest living encyclopedia on the community? Whether you want to become a patron, buy us a chai in a new location or have your story shown, simply get in touch via our website, we would love to hear from you.

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Special thank you to TAIZU for the music

Episode: 64
Presenter – Rajan Nazran
Producer –Global Indian Series/NazranRoth
Guest – Rafay Rashdi
Art Design – Vanisha Patel

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