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In today’s podcast, Rajan travels to Pakistan to meet with renowned filmmaker, music critic and journalist Rahul Aijaz. Born in Karachi, Rahul shares his deep affiliation with music, its identity and its power to shape our cultural understanding of the world as well as religion in the wider context of society.

Rahul also speaks to us about his short film “A train crosses the desert” which made it to five international festivals as well as his upcoming projects.

Their conversation is a whirlwind of ideas, inspiration and instruments and interestingly, breaking the perceived barriers of religion. A special thanks to @aijazrahul for joining us today!

About Rahul Aijaz-

Rahul Aijaz is a writer, filmmaker, journalist and former photographer. He has extensively written about culture, cinema, theatre, music and wrestling. His work has been published in several countries and publications including The Express Tribune, IGN Pakistan, Asia Journalists Association, The Peace Journalist magazine, Red Bull Pakistan and more.

His Sindhi-language short film ‘A Train Crosses the Desert’ has been screened at film festivals in four countries (the US, India, Mexico and Turkey) and at festivals such as Jaipur International Film Festival and South Asian International Film Festival.

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My name is Rajan Nazran and in the past 15 years, I have travelled to over 58 countries, taking on some of the biggest conversations and covering stories from around the globe.

My appetite for exploration, inside know-how and good food, has seen me voyaging far and wide, from the edges of the Amazon Rainforest, battling against the hurricanes of the Caribbean, being taken hostage in Eastern Europe, through to facing Ebola in West Africa.

But now I take on my biggest expedition so far…discovering countries and places that are home to our diaspora and the real experiences that come with it.

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Episode: 54

Presenter – Rajan Nazran

Producer –Global Indian Series/NazranRoth

Guest – Rahul Aijaz

Art Design – Vanisha Patel

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