KAINAAT means the universe or cosmos in Urdu. At the non-profit Kainaat Studios (registered as a 501(c)3 public charity) we create astronomy videos in Urdu to spark curiosity about the universe and empower a new generation.

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Kainaat Studios is founded by astrophysicist, Salman Hameed. Dr. Hameed watched the first episode of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos in Pakistan in 1984 and it transformed the direction of his life. He was in 9th grade. At the time, there were no professional astronomers in Pakistan to emulate, but Sagan’s television show inspired him to pursue a Ph.D. in astronomy. Seventeen years later he obtained his doctorate in astronomy, focusing on how stars form in spiral galaxies.


Dr. Hameed currently holds the Charles Taylor Chair of Integrated Science & Humanities at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Science communication is a passion for Dr. Hameed, and he has been engaged in popularizing science and astronomy for over 30 years.

Apart from Kainaat Studios, he also has a weekly podcast, Mr Universe, with morning host Monte Belmonte for WRSI FM93.9 in Northampton, Massachusetts, and he serves as the President of Amherst Cinema, also in Massachusetts. 

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Salman Hameed

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Marria Khan
Animator/Editor, Kainaat Kids

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Shehryar Shaikh
Video Editor

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Maham Maqsood
Science Outreach

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Roshaan Bukhari
Host/Writer/Producer, Kainaat Kids

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Imran Farooq


Lalah Rukh
Host/Writer, Kainaat Kids

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Alpha Bhatti
Public Outreach Coordinator



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