Hindko folk music rarely gets featured on the local culture scene and so it remains relatively less explored especially in urban centres like the capital. However, it is an undeniable part of the cultural heritage, which deserves to be mainstreamed like other ethnic performing arts.
In a bid to get reacquainted with the music of the mountains, “Hazara rang” a musical evening celebrated the folk musical traditions of the Hazara belt at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) auditorium on Friday evening.
Attracting a sizable audience, the evening kicked off with the vocalist Rizwana Khan’s powerful rendition of “Pardesi Dhola” in swift succession with the soul performance of “Kamli Na La Akhian.”
However, what really got the audience pumped up was the Hindko song “Chitti Corolla Car,” as some youngsters got into the groove, flaunting energetic dance moves.
His command over the craft and husky voice worked together to entertain those who are familiar with the language.
Another vocalist, Munir Awan offered the melodious “Mahiya Gaya Pardes”, followed by “Chalo koi Gal Nai”, and “Kache de Yari Nadani”.
Popular for her playback singing, Rafia Bano, who has released over a hundred albums, was an instant hit at the show.
She mesmerised the audience with some of her popular songs such as “Chita Chita Chola”, “Mein Sonri”, “Chitte chana de” as requests kept pouring in.
Finally, Shakeel Awan enlivened the evening with his own melody and rhythm.
He performed the songs “Teri Thodi Uttay”, “Kashmir Wadi aye Dila”, “Mushkan Dap Alia,” and “Ve Adi Adi.”
The finale saw singers Munir, Bano and Awan perform “Chittay Channe” in unison, garnering thunderous applause.
Later, PNCA Director General Mashood Ahmed Mirza, said that the country has inherited a rich and diverse cultural heritage and the institution is working to preserve the tangible and intangible assets, adding that the musical evening was a tribute to the people of Hazara.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 22nd, 2014.
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