Grave and groovy: Flash mobs dance to send anti-piracy message

Published: January 18, 2014
A flash mob sends an anti-piracy message through their moves as they dazzle the crowd at Park Towers on Friday. PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS

A flash mob sends an anti-piracy message through their moves as they dazzle the crowd at Park Towers on Friday. PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS

KARACHI: Multiple flash mobs were co-organised by the Oxford University Press (OUP) and Thespianz Theatre on Friday at Park Towers to spread awareness regarding piracy of books.

Around 30 young professional dancers performed to popular Indian songs and managed to attract a crowd of onlookers with their choreographed moves and stunts. The male dancers of the group performed daring acrobatic stunts while the female dancers made the crowd swoon over their big smiles and animated gestures.

The dancers also performed a short skit depicting an author who was the victim of piracy and focused on how the OUP protects its writers from piracy by copyrighting their books. The skit’s serious message was hidden behind comedic elements in order to retain the audience’s attention.

Sunny Atif, the main choreographer for the event, claimed that the songs were chosen specifically to catch people’s attention and also held significance for the campaign.“We chose the songs according to the theme,” he stated, claiming that the dancers had been practising for five days.

“Piracy is a big problem in Pakistan” said Thespianz Theatre artistic director Faisal Malik. “Whether it has to do with books, movies or music.” He then went on to speak about the importance of preventing piracy and hence support local authors. “Flash mobs are becoming very popular in Pakistan and we have organised many in the past year,” he added.

Thespianz Theatre will be performing a play organised by the OUP ‘ChulBukChor’ in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Quetta and Peshawar to promote awareness of book piracy. After these five flash mobs, another five are being organised at Port Grand for Sunday.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 18th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Mj
    Jan 18, 2014 - 3:11AM

    I wonder how many of them use a pirated copy of Windows. Books and other media need to be priced according to the purchasing power of the consumers to discourage piracy.


  • Aamir - Toronto
    Jan 18, 2014 - 9:46AM

    No matter what, we are full of life and jubilation.


  • Zanbaz Khan
    Jan 18, 2014 - 12:21PM

    Piracy is needed in a poor country like Pakistan where people cant afford to buy expensive softwares. Piracy is important for economic development of a working class family


  • Naeem Ahmed
    Jan 18, 2014 - 1:50PM

    OUP is an exception , because the profits are not extortionate.

    But the dancing kids should realize, that the elephant in the room is really the US brands e.g Nike, Microsoft, Apple, etc.

    Very cunningly, you would need a visa( if you get one) to derive any benefit out of US territories but they can send their merchandise to Pakistan or any other untapped market and make a ‘value added profit’ on their produce…….sweet!

    Not just another consipiracy theory…..but if I can’t take my labor or skills to USA why should I expect them to have a business in my back yard.


  • Absar
    Jan 18, 2014 - 2:04PM

    I’m sure half of them think piracy means robbing ships and whatnot.


  • Jan 18, 2014 - 3:52PM

    MJ, well said.


  • Saira Mundrawala
    Jan 18, 2014 - 6:25PM

    I think, we should appreciate our artist community too and specially the theatre team, performers are much neglected in our society, besides the very strong social message, our new generations understands what is the need for our country. Recommend

  • Tractor
    Jan 18, 2014 - 7:17PM

    @Zanbaz Khan: hey pakistani disguise my indian friend…btw its ‘Janbaz’ what we pronouce here!!


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