ISLAMABAD: Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) in collaboration with the Government of Baluchistan organized Jashn-e-Baluchistan, a colorful evening of Baluchi music and dance. PNCA’s mandate is to promote its regional culture home and abroad.
PNCA’s National Performing Arts Group presented a fishermen dance performed in coastal regions when a prosperous fish harvest is brought to the shores. The hardy and cheerful people, of Makran in Baluchistan set out in their boats before sunrise and return home at sunset with a rich haul. The dance captures the rhythm of the fishermen’s life.
The main pillar of Baluchi dance is hand clapping (Chapps) which is a foundation for the different dances of Baluchistan. Leva is another dance from Lyari Karachi which highlights the rhythm of feet.
Young artists performed a Pushto folk dance called attan and they also presented some Baluchi Chaap, which had varying rhythmic patterns based on hand clapping, Safdar Ali Sarosh sing a song in various different languages such as Hazargi (Persian) and Pushto.
A beautiful instrumental performance was given on Rabab by Adnan Haider. Liaquat Ali a Baluchi folk singer sing a songs in Pushto, Brahvi and Baluchi languages. Audience highly appreciated the event at PNCA and hoped that such evenings may be frequently arranged so that they can get more acquainted with the regional culture of their country.