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.
 

In fact, his first astronomy article in the newspaper was published in Pakistan’s leading newspaper Dawn in 1988. The same year he also founded Amastropak, Pakistan’s first amateur astronomy club. 

VALUES

Critical Thinking

One of the hallmarks of science is critical thinking. It is also a tool that is essential in navigating a globalized world full of false information.

Cultural Respect

To avoid scientism and to cultivate respect for different cultural and religious traditions alongside a culture of science.

Science Enriched by Humanities

One of the hallmarks of science is critical thinking. It is also a tool that is essential in navigating a globalized world full of false information.

SCIENCE COMMUNICATION

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KAINAAT ASTRONOMY IN URDU CHANNEL 
(Online)
 
2016-2018
Dr. Hameed has been hosting astronomy series on a YouTube channel, Kainaat Astronomy in Urdu. Intended for a broad audience, it covers a wide range of topics from the discovery of the farthest galaxy in the universe to the discovery of water geysers on Saturn's moon, Enceladus. 
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HAMARI KAINAAT
(Online)
 
2015-Present
In 2015, Dr. Hameed partnered with the leading amateur astronomer in Pakistan, Umair Asim, to produce an online show Hamari Kainaat (Our Universe) discussing the more technical aspects of astronomy and astrophysics. 
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MR. UNIVERSE
(Radio)
 
2011-Present
Dr. Hameed has a weekly astronomy segment, Mr. Universe, with morning host, Monte Belmonte, on one of area's leading radio music stations, WRSI 93.9FM. He also has a monthly science segment for the Bill Newman Show on WHMP talk radio. He has also appeared on shows on NPR, BBC, and PRI. 
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POPULAR SCIENCE ARTICLES
(Newspapers & Magazines)
 
1988-Present
Over the years, Dr. Hameed’s articles and opinion pieces have appeared on news sites like Dawn, The Guardian, Express Tribune, The Friday Times, and NPR.
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KAINAATI GUP SHUP
(Video/Podcast)
 
2017-Present
In 2016/2017, Dr. Hameed produced an astronomy podcast series for Patari Music. The second season of Kainaati Gup Shup (A Chat about the Universe) has the same format, but there is an added video component hosted on YouTube
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PUBLIC LECTURES AND TEACHING
 
2015-Present
Dr. Hameed has given public lectures in Pakistan, US, Turkey, Indonesia, Sweden, Qatar, Sharjah, UK, and Belgium. At Hampshire College, Dr. Hameed has taught classes on science communication as well as astrobiology and history of science.

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