Monday, March 31, 2008
Projecting the true diversity of Pakistan’s rich cultural heritage by celebrating the essential spirit and soul of its people, PNCA opened a 3-day festival titled ‘Indus Rhythm’ at the National Art Gallery Auditorium on Saturday.
Truly following the famous adage, “When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness,” Pakistan National Council of the Arts have come forward to remove the darkness of restrictions put over the performing arts in the past through illuminating the glorious rich legacy of cultural heritage of the Indus Valley Civilisation.
The presentation brought back the memories of ‘good old times’ when performing art was a liberated part of our lives without any restrictions. ‘The Indus Rhythm’ is a presentation of joy and freedom of expression that adorns the day-to-day life of the people of Pakistan in various form and fragrance since ancient times.
The jam packed auditorium beamed with spontaneous applause of appreciation and recognition of what is truly and distinctively their own expression of joy and happiness.
Remembering Sindhi Sufi poet Fakir Bedil’s couplet “From the tyranny of religious dogma, love will set you free,” it is hoped that by ensuring frequent and free holding of events like this, PNCA would continue to spread the people’s culture and not the official version, and portray to the world the true face of Pakistan’s culture with its message of universal love, tolerance, peace, equality, and respect for all creation.
Talking to ‘The News’, PNCA Director General Naeem Tahir said, “Through the Indus Rhythm, we are trying to make a statement that people in Pakistan love and enjoy music and dance.
It is also an effort to trace the evolution of performing art through blending the ancient and traditional performances with that of the people who live in the Indus valley of now, recognised as Pakistan”.
He said that starting with only 6 male and 6 female dancers, the PNCA Performing Arts Group has now multiplied in to a full grown team of 48 members, with 24 male and equal numbers of female performers.
He said that with 3 existing branches operating in Sindh, Punjab, and Islamabad, PNCA is now hoping to open NPAG branches in Peshawar and Quetta.