31 October, 2020

Scandal On Tariq Road!

Pre/rave/post/beach: the evolution of the Party scene isn't so straight

Sanjoy Ghosh
Scandal On Tariq Road!
From dancing at quaint clubs the British left behind to boogieing in those psychedelic discos, Pakistan has come a long way. It even survived Zia’s puritanical regime to now boast of a thriving gay culture. The nation took its first giant leap from the Gymkhanas and the Sind Clubs through Karachi. It was the happening city of the ’60s, hosting cabarets at the Oasis and Penthouse clubs. The likes of the Palace Hotel featured skimpily-clad foreign acts from Turkey.

The ’70s rang in the bellbottoms and redefined values. Pakistan got its first casino on Karachi’s Clifton beach. It sparked a veritable Arab invasion of the city. My dad, an airline pilot, thought Karachi was to become the next Beirut. Live bands such as Attitude played the Rolling Stones, and hipster saris revealed flat bellies. Babs Chinoy was the ‘it’ girl. Horseshoe, 2001 and the Hut were the popular disco joints. There was also the notorious Key Club where couples would leave their keys in a hat and go home with different partners. Shocking!

Then Zia-ul-Haq happened, all through the ’80s....



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