In a folk music and dance extravaganza in ‘Lok Rang’ at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) on Friday, a diverse ensemble of folk musicians, dancers and storytellers from across the country invigorated the audience. An evening rich in color and diversity was opened by Sadia Batool, who sang Potohari version of melodies by the late folk singer Reshma including “Hai oh rabba nai lagda dil mera,” “Akhiyan nu rehn de” but it was “Kadi te hans bol ve” that got her an exuberant applause from the audience.
In an attempt to promote a soft image of the country through lively participation of people from different provinces, it was a laudable effort for the revival of heritage and culture in Pakistan. The attendance was encouraging; no seat was left vacant.
A troupe performed Makran dance from Balochistan, and Bhangra that is quintessentially Punjabi. Shahid Mansoor Malangi performed “Aaj kala jora pa” and “Keri ghalti huee.” Mystic poetry of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai and Bulleh Shah was also recited. Renowned storyteller and musician Fazal Jutt infused energy in the evening with his performance of “Challah,” a story from the famous folklore of Sohni Mahewal. Audience appreciated his energy and versatility of oratory and dancing.
Entry was free of cost, with reasonable security checks. However there was a lack of food stalls, no conspicuous banners with participants’ details, and no brochures outlining the scheduled performances.
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