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Culture Circle: PNCA to celebrate dance day with tribute to Zarin Panna

Culture Circle: PNCA to celebrate dance day with tribute to Zarin Panna

International Dance Day is celebrated every year on April 29 across the world. In Lahore, the Pakistan National Council of Arts, Shakir Ali Museum is celebrating this day at Alhamra Art Centre, The Mall.

The National Performing Art Group that works under the museum and comprises dancers will present a medley at Alhamra paying tribute to classical dancer Zarin Panna.

The preparations at Shakir Ali Museum are under way in full swing, rehearsals are being held daily and dancers are optimistic that they will deliver a classic performance. Most of the dancers are happy about the fact that they would be part of International Dance Day celebrations through their performances.

“It will be a day dedicated to dance and music, spreading the message of peace and love against terrorism and hatred,” said dancers Arsalan, Makhna and Xia Chaudhry while talking to Dawn. Some of the dances to be performed are based on songs shot in various films on classical dancer Zarin Panna, including ‘Papi Dagrwa Bulay’ from Neela Parbat, ‘Chan Chan Bajay Payalia’ from Gulfam and ‘Sajan Lagi Tori Lagan’ from the film Baji.

There will also be a performance depicting the ages-old civilisation of Taxila through a mix of bharatnatyam, kathak and luddi dances. Raga-rock fusion, a blend of classical and rock dance, is also scheduled to be performed on the occasion.

Zafar Dilawar, the choreographer, told Dawn that all the dancers were putting in a great effort to make the show memorable. “We have tried to present a complete dance mosaic while creating a package of contemporary of traditional dances in this show on International Dance Day,” he added.

Objective and message-oriented theatre is the need of the hour, especially amidst the haze of commercial theatre enjoyed by a large audience at private and government theatres.

In an effort to provide thought-provoking theatrical performances, the Punjab Council of Arts and Information and Culture Department will hold a drama and mime competition among universities. The council is holding a two-day theatre festival on April 19 and 20 at Alhamra Cultural Complex, Gaddafi Stadium. The universities participating in the competition include National College of Arts, University of Punjab, Lahore College for Women University, University of Gujrat, University of Agriculture, Government College University, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Engineering and Technology, Forman Christian College and University of Sargodha. In the drama category, the first prize is Rs100,000, second Rs75,000 and third Rs50,000. In the mime category, the first prize is Rs50,000 and second Rs25,000. There is no third prize in this category.

The Punjab Institute of Language, Art and Culture (Pilac) held an exhibition of photographs, titled Fading Connections. The exhibition opened on April 13 and would remain on display till April 17.

The photographs on display have been captured by Umair Ghani, Zaheer Chaudhry, Muhammad Saeed, Ghazanfar Bhandar, Amna Yasmeen and Abdul Waris Hameed depicting socio-political issues. The exhibition also comprised a seminar where participants shared their journeys of capturing photos.

Published in Dawn, April 16th, 2017

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