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Chinese troupe wins hearts of Lahorites

Chinese troupe wins hearts of Lahorites

LAHORE: Lahorites enjoyed a melodious evening at Alhamra Art Centre on Friday where a troupe of Chinese musicians played traditional and contemporary Chinese tunes.

The musical extravaganza was organised by the Pakistan National Council of the Arts and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to commemorate the 65th anniversary of Pakistan-China diplomatic relations and in connection with the Pakistan Day.

The Beijing Shanshui Orchestra, the only troupe in China specialising in traditional Chinese music, performed at the event highlighting the sensuality of their music, with its high spirited arrangement and spectacular harmonies. The band consists of challenged people.

Sana Suhail, a visual art artist, hosted the event.

The Shanshui Orchestra won many a hearts when they unveiled their first performance by playing ‘jeeway jeeway Pakistan’. The second performance was ‘The sounds of prosperity’, followed by ‘crescent before dawn’, ‘dance of the Yao people’, and ‘horse tacing’. The audience enjoyed to its maximum when the troupe played ‘dil dil Pakistan’.

Yi Rucheng, former Chinese Cultural Counselor to Pakistan, told Dawn it was the very first visit of the Beijing Shanshui Orchestra to Pakistan.

Du Maa, one of the violinists from the Chinese troupe, is in Pakistan for the first time.

“Pakistan is a wonderful country, and I liked Lahore a lot owing to its greenery and gardens,” she said.

She said that their performance in Islamabad went superb and she liked the audience’s warm response there.

“The audience in Lahore is more receptive to music playing,” she added.

Lahore Arts Council Executive Director retired Captain Atta Muhammad Khan said the Pakistan-China friendship was deep like seas and higher than mountains.

Published in Dawn, March 26th, 2016

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