An amalgamation of singers from across the country enthralled people with an array of traditional songs at Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) on Friday.
The musical night “Rang Pakistan” was attended by hundreds of visitors from Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
The event started with a famous song “Danay Pay Dana”, sung by Akhtar Chanal, a prominent singer from Balochistan. Traditional Batli, Kashmiri and Cholistani dances were also performed by local artists, which left the audience mesmerised. Some even came up on stage and danced with the performers.
“I love to dance on traditional music, and this is the first time I got an opportunity to dance live on stage with artists,” said Umair Ali, a visitor at PNCA.
Hina Khan, a renowned local artist from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), performed a song “Maray Layain” which was enjoyed by the visitors. Apart from that, several musicians including Raza Allan Faqeer and Ustad Salamat Ali Khan from Sindh and Allah Ditta from Punjab also performed on the occasion.
Visitors at the event were highly appreciative and said such events should be organised more regularly.
Nazish Jabeen, a visitor, said there was a dire need to organise such events on a regular basis since everyone is facing a tough time due to deteriorating political and economic conditions.
PNCA Director General Tauqeer Nasir told The Express Tribune that PNCA is committed to providing all sorts of entertainment to people, despite the worsening law and order situation in the country.
He said PNCA decided to hold a musical night after seeing the huge response that the folk festival at Lok Virsa got. He said these people play a vital role in portraying a soft image of Pakistan.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 12th, 2011.
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