SU organises dhamal, plans to establish music dept, performing arts academyArchive
HYDERABAD: Sindh University organised Qalandar’s dhamal on the campus on Friday ‘to spread message of love and tolerance and convey a strong message’ to the extremists that struck Lal Shahbaz Qalandar’s shrine on Feb 16 when a suicide bomber blew himself up, killing around 90 and injuring 300 devotees.
SU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Fateh Mohammad Burfat announced on the occasion the establishment of a department of music and an academy of performing arts in the university’s Institute of Art and Design to ‘fight extremism and terrorism through music and Sufis’ message’.
The mystic dance was jointly organised by SU’s Indus Valley Theatre, Institute of Art and Design and the office of Jamshoro deputy commissioner. A large number of teachers, students, faculty and administrative officers participated in the dhamal at zero point performed by devoted faqirs of Qalandar who were dressed in their traditional attire.
The faqirs swayed to the drumbeats and played other musical instruments, while members of Rumi group, Faqir Qadir Bux and Mira Bakhtawar, enthralled the listeners with beautiful rendering of Sufi poetry.
Dr Burfat reiterated his resolve to foil attempts to sabotage and jeopardise peace in Sindh. “Those who attack shrines are cowards. They can never snatch peace and harmony from the Sufi society of Sindh,” he said.
“Sindh is synonymous with peaceful coexistence and tolerance through indivisible and inseparable socio-cultural fabric,” he said.
He urged secular-minded people to work for peace and prosperity of their soil and believed Sindhis would defeat extremists’ attempt to turn the land of peace, tolerance, love and pluralism into a socio-cultural and politico-religious conflict zone.
He said the new department, to be named ‘department of music’, and the proposed ‘academy of performing arts’ would work under the supervision of Bedil Masroor and prove to be a challenge to the menace of extremism and terrorism which was disturbing peace of Sindh. It was mandatory for the university to promote tolerance, he added.
Jamshoro DC Munawar Ali Mahesar said that efforts had been made to formulate a foolproof security plan to tackle terrorism and extremism.
“After Sehwan attack, Qalandar’s dhamal is reaching hearts of people, alleys, towns and villages. Terrorists themselves have taken dhamal to every nook and corner of the country,” he said.
He said that the terrorist attack during dhamal had proved to be counterproductive for the terrorists’ plans as it had only strengthened the spirit of tolerance.
Bedil Masroor, Saeed Mangi, Dr Azhar Ali Shah, Dr Arfana Mallah, Amar Sindhu, Ghulam Nabi Kaka, Engineer Sajjad Hussain Shah, Iftikhar Ahmed Pathan, Dr Anila Naz Soomro, Dr Muneeruddin Soomro, Dr Syed Jawed Iqbal and a large number of students participated in the dance.
Published in Dawn, March 4th, 2017