ISLAMABAD, July 26 : A 32-member cultural troupe led by Director General Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) Syed Jamal Shah has reached China on Wednesday to participate in the Xinjiang Cultural Festival. The troupe comprising of folk singers and dancers from all parts of the country as well as traditional music instrumentalists will be performing at four different places in Xinjiang.
Jamal Shah while talking to this scribe said all the best talent was selected for the troupe including sitar player Aamir Hussain, tabla player Muhammad Ajmal, flutist Salman Adil, rabab player Ghulabkhel, violinist ustad Raees Ahmed, kathak dancer Adnan Jehangir. He said the selected folk dance performers of the National Performing Arts Group (NPAG) from Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi are the main attraction of the cultural troupe.
The National Performing Arts Group (NPAG) will be performingvarious dances including kalash valley dance, leva, Kashmiri,
classical, kathak, Sindhi jhoomar, Khattak, bhangra, dhol and aaj rang hae of Ameer Khusro. Every dance is very colourful and reflect the local traditions, customs and the vibrant dresses and jewellery.
The cultural troupe’s performance begins with the kalash dance that is from the extreme north western region of Pakistan where the mountains meet the sky.
Another is the traditional Leva dance performed by men. This dance is a common feature at weddings and other happy occasions in the tribal society of the Baluchis.
The concluding performances of the cultural troupe are the Bhangra dance and dhol performance.
Banghra and dhol are symbol of the colours and vigour of the Punjab, the most populous province of Pakistan.
Bhangra dance is performed by a group of young males and females to welcome the spring and to celebrate the successful
harvest. The dance is performed on the scintillating beat of “DHOLE” the double barrel skinned drum.
The Dhole is an oblong drum used as rhythm in all parts of Pakistan for folk songs and dances.
Made of wood it is shaped like barrel about two feet long. The two openings at each end of the barrel are covered with stretched parchment, which are tuned by tightening or loosening the rope braces, strung through brass rings. The right hand plays the sharp high pitch sound and left the bass.(APP)
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