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  • Sufi opera singer performs at PNCA

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s first Sufi opera singer, Saira Peter on Monday performed at a Sham-i-Mausiqi at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) and sang in many styles ranging from songs by Beethoven to those of Madam Noor Jehan...

    She started with a Sufi opera which was an English translation of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai’s work, was titled ‘Sometimes’ and was from her album ‘Resplendent’...

  • An evening of Sufi opera in Islamabad

    ISLAMABAD: Perched on a stool in front of the mirror in the greenroom of the Pakistan National Council of the Arts auditorium on Friday night, opera singer Saira Peter was visibly excited before her perfomance...

    Saira is Pakistan’s first opera singer, and brought the unique genre of Sufi opera to the capital for the second time...

  • Mukhtaran attends US opera inspired by her story

    LOS ANGELES: Fifteen years after her horrific gang-rape by a local clan in her village, Mukhtaran Mai is reliving her ordeal — and courageousness — through a US opera inspired by her story...

    “But then as the opera progressed, it became easier to watch and I felt more courage,” she said in Urdu, speaking through a translator...

  • Despite ancestral links, Chinese opera struggles in Thailand

    NAKHON PATHOM: Thai performers caked in make-up belt out the piercing notes of Chinese opera — an art form under threat by changing cultural habits and demographics in a kingdom reshaped by centuries of immigration from the north...

    “The history of Chinese opera is getting forgotten and is vanishing as new generations don’t really know much about it,” 25-year-old Natnicha Saeung, who began performing with this troupe at the age of 13,...

  • Yu Opera celebrates Pakistan-China friendship

    ISLAMABAD: The Chinese embassy with the Pakistan Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage presented the Yu Opera, ‘Cheng Ying Rescues Orphan’...

    Performed by the China Henan Second Yu Opera Troupe at the Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) Auditorium, the opera celebrated the Year of China-Pakistan Friendly Exchanges...

  • Saudis get a taste of opera, jazz

    RIYADH: Opera made its debut in Riyadh at the weekend with a classic Arabian love story, as bands from Beirut to New Orleans performed at the kingdom’s first-ever jazz festival...

    The opera “Antar and Abla” — a legendary story of love between an Arab warrior and his cousin — also drew crowds on Friday and Saturday in Riyadh’s Princess Noura University...

  • France to assist Saudi Arabia set up orchestra, opera

    PARIS: Saudi Arabia will employ French expertise to set up a national opera and orchestra, under an agreement signed on Monday during a visit to Paris by the modernising Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman...

    The deal will see the Paris Opera company help Saudi Arabia produce its own classical music and shows, a further sign of Prince Mohammed’s desire to change the image of his homeland...

  • Chinese folk opera cartoon series launched

    ISLAMABAD: Three Drops of Blood, a Shaanxi Chinese folk opera cartoon series, which will be aired on PTV World from Saturday, was officially launched at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) on Friday evening...

    It transforms costumes and facial mark in traditional opera into cartoon images with distinct personality,” chief director of the series Bai Zhijun said, introducing the production...

  • Pilgrims throng Mount Arafat for peak of Haj

    MOUNT ARAFAT: Around two million Muslims gathered on Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia on Thursday for the highlight of their Haj pilgrimage...

    This year’s Haj has seen the return of pilgrims from Iran following a diplomatic row between Tehran and Riyadh and a deadly stampede in 2015...

  • Earthquake aborts Mirza Ali’s expedition to Mount Everest

    ISLAMABAD: Mirza Ali’s expedition to the Mount Everest has come to an end as the Chinese government had closed the mountain after the powerful earthquake wracked havoc in the region killing thousands of people in Nepal...

    The powerful earthquake triggered avalanches on Mount Everest killing local and foreign climbers attempting to scale the summit from the southern face of the peak in Nepal on Sunday...

  • Risk of ‘traffic jams’ as Mount Everest to get so crowded this year

    KATHMANDU: British mountaineer Tim Mosedale was descending Mount Everest’s treacherous Khumbu Icefall after a recent acclimatisation run when he came across a large group of inexperienced climbers struggling with their gear...

    Nepal is bracing for a busy and potentially dangerous season on Mount Everest after the government issued a record number of permits to foreign climbers this year — 371, the most since 1953...

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