ISLAMABAD: Chinese artists showcased traditional dances and folk music of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region of China at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) on Saturday.
Titled “Glamorous China, colorful Xinjiang,” the artistically choreographed cultural performance was staged Chinese artists.
Spread over 17 acts, each showcasing a different dance routine or music, the performance showcased the culture of through music and dances.
The spellbinding performance included Uygur dance and song, Tajik group dance, and a Kazakh song. The performance was a cultural feast, with one act blending effortlessly into the next.
The National Performing Arts Group (NPAG) of PNCA also performed. The evening wrapped through a collaborative dance performance by the Pakistani and Chinese artists.
The performance had been held after a week-long joint workshop of Chinese and Pakistani artists where artists exchanged their experiences.
Artists from NPAG presented two dance performances. However, a breathless performance by one of Pakistan’s premier Alghoza player, Akbar Khamisoo Khan, left the audience spellbound.
Officials of both, Pakistan and Chinese governments, foreign diplomats as well as local students, artists and people attended the event. Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong said that the performance would help Pakistani people learn more about Xinjiang the diverse culture of China.
PNCA Director General Jamal Shah stressed on the need to focus on comprehensive artistic and cultural interactions and exchange.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 28th, 2016.
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