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A Year of Youth Spotlight Series – Yahyaa Khan of Pakistan

May 10th, 2024
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I am Yahyaa Khan, an 18-year-old student at TNS Beaconhouse, DHA Lahore, in Pakistan. I am the founder of TNS Monologue Slam.

Tell us a little about your event/project (how it came about, the number of young people who benefited and the impact it had)

My Project started at TNS Beaconhouse, DHA Lahore. The event is an acting exhibition that gives students from all over the country a platform to showcase their talent and enter the world of acting. We organised an acting competition that received over 1000 entries from students in the suburbs and those in smaller provinces. The shortlist of 180 finalists was divided into four categories based on age. They included Cubs (3-6yrs), Tigers (7-11yrs), Youth (12-17 yrs), and Adults[IO1]  (18+). Over the last 3 years, 26 of our participants have received global recognition through the World Monologue Games.

What has inspired you to work on this particular issue?

TNS Monologue Slam is my brainchild. I have been an aspiring actor from an early age, and I believe in showcasing young talent. My interest in acting has inspired me to work on the issue of insufficient platforms and avenues for young people to pursue their acting careers. Although I had the opportunity to get into this field, it is my responsibility to empower others.

Why is this issue important to address in your community/country?

In Pakistan, some obstacles stand in the way of young people who wish to thrive in the entertainment space. My project fills a gap by addressing the needs of those who do not have anyone to support them. I have received a lot of positive feedback on this project.

What was the most memorable moment during the event/project?

The most memorable moment of the TNS Monologue Arena was when an underprivileged participant reached the finals. Although he did not win, he was encouraged by the judges, including Ahsan Rahim – Film Director; Saji Gul – Screenwriter; Namsa Abbasi – Director; and Salman Hassan – Anchor person. It was very encouraging to see his parents openly commit to supporting him at the event, especially as other careers are often given more prominence in my country.

What is the dream for you and your project?

My dream is to make my country’s name in the field of acting and entertainment greater. Though Pakistan has produced many singers and actors, we need to ensure that opportunities are available to everyone and not a privileged few. I would like to build an international production house to provide upcoming talent with a platform to materialise their hard work, passion, and talent.

What is your favourite quote?

Self-belief is my watchword. Believe in yourself when everyone else is doubting you

Why?

It boosts my confidence when I am down.

What one youth issue would you like the Commonwealth Youth Programme to address in the coming years and why?

The Commonwealth is an international platform. The organisation should continue to advocate for young people’s rights and help them pursue their passions. With the Commonwealth’s influence, young change-makers can do wonders in small domains, eventually making a big difference.

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A short bio

I am Yahyaa Khan, an 18-year-old student at TNS Beaconhouse, DHA Lahore, in Pakistan. I am the founder of TNS Monologue Slam.

Tell us a little about your event/project (how it came about, the number of young people who benefited and the impact it had)

My Project started at TNS Beaconhouse, DHA Lahore. The event is an acting exhibition that gives students from all over the country a platform to showcase their talent and enter the world of acting. We organised an acting competition that received over 1000 entries from students in the suburbs and those in smaller provinces. The shortlist of 180 finalists was divided into four categories based on age. They included Cubs (3-6yrs), Tigers (7-11yrs), Youth (12-17 yrs), and Adults[IO1]  (18+). Over the last 3 years, 26 of our participants have received global recognition through the World Monologue Games.

What has inspired you to work on this particular issue?

TNS Monologue Slam is my brainchild. I have been an aspiring actor from an early age, and I believe in showcasing young talent. My interest in acting has inspired me to work on the issue of insufficient platforms and avenues for young people to pursue their acting careers. Although I had the opportunity to get into this field, it is my responsibility to empower others.

Why is this issue important to address in your community/country?

In Pakistan, some obstacles stand in the way of young people who wish to thrive in the entertainment space. My project fills a gap by addressing the needs of those who do not have anyone to support them. I have received a lot of positive feedback on this project.

What was the most memorable moment during the event/project?

The most memorable moment of the TNS Monologue Arena was when an underprivileged participant reached the finals. Although he did not win, he was encouraged by the judges, including Ahsan Rahim – Film Director; Saji Gul – Screenwriter; Namsa Abbasi – Director; and Salman Hassan – Anchor person. It was very encouraging to see his parents openly commit to supporting him at the event, especially as other careers are often given more prominence in my country.

What is the dream for you and your project?

My dream is to make my country’s name in the field of acting and entertainment greater. Though Pakistan has produced many singers and actors, we need to ensure that opportunities are available to everyone and not a privileged few. I would like to build an international production house to provide upcoming talent with a platform to materialise their hard work, passion, and talent.

What is your favourite quote?

Self-belief is my watchword. Believe in yourself when everyone else is doubting you

Why?

It boosts my confidence when I am down.

What one youth issue would you like the Commonwealth Youth Programme to address in the coming years and why?

The Commonwealth is an international platform. The organisation should continue to advocate for young people’s rights and help them pursue their passions. With the Commonwealth’s influence, young change-makers can do wonders in small domains, eventually making a big difference.