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Classical, folk dance performance held to mark Pakistan Day

Classical, folk dance performance held  to mark Pakistan Day

RAWALPINDI: A classical and folk dance performance was held at the Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC) for the first time on Wednesday night.

The event, which was held to mark Pakistan Day, featured Sindhi, Balochi and Punjab folk dances as well as classical dancing.

MPAs Tehseen Fawad and Zebun Nisa Awan attended the event alongside RAC resident director Waqar Ahmed.

The performances began with a Sindhi folk dance performance featuring Sajid, Aftab, Saim and Qaiser, following by Balochi folk dancing and a bhangra performance.

Zakarya Iqbal then entertained the audience with a kathak performance to Tarana on teentaal and Bawaishri Raag’s 10 matray.

Mr Iqbal has been a classical dancer since the age of 18, but started his career as a breakdancer.

Bharatanatyam dancer Mr Masih then performed the Alarippu in 7 matray and the Anand Tandav.

Mr Masih has received training in the bharatanatyam style of classical dancing from Indu Mitha for 15 years, and has performed nationwide as well as internationally, in countries including Japan, China, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan.

Members of the audience said the RAC’s event was an excellent opportunity for a taste of classical performing arts that were not only entertaining but also introduced people to various forms of the performing arts.

“Rarely do we get an opportunity to watch a live kathak performance,” one audience member said later.

RAC’s Mr Ahmed told Dawn the event was held with the aim to present cultural aspects from across the country on the occasion of Pakistan Day.

He said the few classical dancers in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad were keeping the traditional classical dance and music culture alive, and the RAC wanted to give them a platform in order to highlight a softer image of the country.

Published in Dawn, March 24th, 2017

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