Nobody can stop dance and music: Sheema Kermani

Published: February 21, 2017
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Sheema Kermani performing Dhamaal at Sehwan Sharif. Photo: Rashid Laghari/Sindh Express

Sheema Kermani performing Dhamaal at Sehwan Sharif. Photo: Rashid Laghari/Sindh Express

Sheema Kermani performing Dhamaal at Sehwan Sharif. Photo: Rashid Laghari/Sindh Express Folk singers performing at Sehwan Sharif. PHOTO: ATHAR/EXPRESS Sheema Kermani performing Dhamaal at Sehwan Sharif. PHOTO: ATHAR/EXPRESS Sheema Kermani performing Dhamaal at Sehwan Sharif. PHOTO: ATHAR/EXPRESS

HYDERABAD: The barbaric suicide attack at the shrine of Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan took 88 lives and left hundreds injured but it failed to dent the bond between the devotees and their saint.

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Displaying imperturbability and a determination to stand by the values of harmony, tolerance and freedom of expression, civil society representatives from different parts of Sindh gathered at the shrine on Sunday to stage a protest walk from Jahaz chowk to the shrine, at the end of which, classical dancer and social activist, Sheema Kermani gave a passionate performance.

Clad in an orange-coloured dress that symbolises the attire of the Sufis, Kermani danced in the shrine’s compound while a group of folk singers from Badin, Nanga Fakir, sang praises of Qalandar.

‘Oh lal meri pat rakhio bhala jhooley lalan’ and ‘tera sehwan rahe abad’, they sang.

 

Folk singers performing at Sehwan Sharif. Photos: Rashid Laghari/Sindh Express

Folk singers performing at Sehwan Sharif. Photos: Rashid Laghari/Sindh Express

“The idea was to tell the perpetrators of terrorism that nobody can stop dance and music. These are part of our heritage, our culture,” Kermani said while speaking to The Express Tribune. “We also wanted to convey resistance to extremism, fanaticism and terrorism.”

The artist intended to perform ‘dhamaal’, the ecstatic spiritual dance which the saint used to perform in his life. Dhamaal is played on the beat of the naghara – a percussion instrument, and scheduled after Maghrib prayer.

Sheema Kermani performing Dhamaal at Sehwan Sharif. Photos: Rashid Laghari/Sindh Express

Sheema Kermani performing Dhamaal at Sehwan Sharif. Photos: Rashid Laghari/Sindh Express

Kirmani says that the people who do not like the culture of shrines do not have to go to these places.

The protesters carried banners that said “Don’t accept religious terrorism,” while another banner questioned the state over the loss of innocent lives.

Sheema Kermani performing Dhamaal at Sehwan Sharif. Photos: Rashid Laghari/Sindh Express

Sheema Kermani performing Dhamaal at Sehwan Sharif. Photos: Rashid Laghari/Sindh Express

A statement by the Civil Society participants said that the “attack on Qalandar’s shrine is an attack on Sindh, its peace and culture.”

Activists including Javed Qazi, Raheema Panhwar, Sadiqa Salahuddin, Haseen Musarat, Naseem Jalbani, Amar Sindhu, Waheeda Mahesar and others demanded that the report about seminaries in Sindh prepared by Additional IG Sanaullah Abbassi should be made public.

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“The foreigners from Afghanistan, India and Bangladesh are committing terrorists and crimes,” alleged Punhal Sario, a peasants rights activist, demanding decisive action. He accused the security establishment of Pakistan for failing to decimate terrorism in the years following the 9/11 attacks in the US.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • RK Singh
    Feb 21, 2017 - 2:07PM

    Brave lady. It takes courage to be a female dancer in Pakistan, let alone dance in a Sufi Shrine. God bless this beautiful lady. Recommend

  • k k Khan
    Feb 21, 2017 - 2:13PM

    seems terrorists have failed miserably…Recommend

  • Ali Awan
    Feb 21, 2017 - 2:16PM

    covering head is also part of our culture while she had not covered her’s nd many others like her don’t do it either. Don’t only talk about thoese cultures whic are totally unislamic.Recommend

  • goggi (Lahore)
    Feb 21, 2017 - 3:32PM

    Love and great respect for Sheema Kermani and her progressive Women’s Movement!Recommend

  • k k Khan
    Feb 21, 2017 - 3:36PM

    @RK Singh
    It is good to see sane people like you from a country like India.Recommend

  • Raw is War
    Feb 21, 2017 - 4:11PM

    @Ali Awan:

    Dont worry. The sky will not fall on our head.Recommend

  • Soraya
    Feb 21, 2017 - 4:38PM

    Such a brave and beautiful lady!
    There should be no room for judging others…Need more like her in order to promote love, respect and tolerance for all.Recommend

  • Soraya
    Feb 21, 2017 - 4:40PM

    A brave and beautiful lady!
    We need to put an end to judging others and move towards Love, Respect & Tolerance.Recommend

  • Vineeth
    Feb 21, 2017 - 5:25PM

    Orange-coloured dress? Why don’t you plainly call what it is – saffron, the color of holiness for the native traditions of this land.Recommend

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