Musical Fountain Intersection

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Jaffer Brothers Motors was the next to Rex Cinema.  Rex Cinema is now replaced by Madina Mall and further west by Jainab Market.

Mr. Safdar Abidi wrote: The main building with the arches in the middle of the image is a particularly handsome example of a sandstone, classic urban mixed use building with retail at the ground floor and flats above. I remember always admiring i
Mr.John Sewak Ray wrote on FaceBook post: This is a fascinating picture for me taken from the top of Holy Trinity Cathedral tower. The area on the front left with bushes was empty until the 1960’s when my father, Chandu Ray, the first Protestant Bishop of the newly formed Diocese of Karachi, built a two-storey, eight bedroom house there. The Diocesan Office was on the ground floor and the rest of the floor, with a large walled lawn, was leased to the British Council as their representative’s residence. This substantial amount allowed for the quick repayment of building costs without undue strain on slender Church funds. Many entertaining parties for visiting Shakespearean and other British dramatic groups performing in the city were held there. My parents, my two sisters, my brother and I lived on the upper floor where we had a great view of the Musical Fountain right opposite us in what was then probably the center of Karachi. Next to the Austin Motors/Jaffer Brothers building was Topsy, famous for its faludas, Cokes and Fantas delivered right to your car! Happy memories alas of a city and an era past, more civil and peaceful!

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The Musical Fountain intersection was a landmark of Karachi being situated at the intersection of Victoria Road, Musical Fountain Road and Stratchen Road (now Din Mohammed Wafai Road). At the intesection is the famous Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral and the Trinity Girls Degree College.  The fountain is gone and replaced by a more traditional architecture and called Fawara Chowk.
The chowk appears in Pakistani films like the famous donkey cart song with Waheed Murad and Zeba. (Mujhe tum se mohabat hey, ek baar zara tum keh do)WaheedMuradMusical1964
Please suggest any other information and your memories about this round about in the comments section.  Thanks
Amin H. Karim

 

About Amin H. Karim MD

Graduate of Dow Medical College Class of 1977.
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1 Response to Musical Fountain Intersection

  1. Zafarul Azam says:

    Great Memories! Do you know when the original fountain was dismantled? Was it moved to some place or just dumped into garbage?

    Thanks you
    Zafarul Azam
    NED graduate 1977

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