Sindh Literature Festival opens with Abida Parveen’s performance

Sindh Literature Festival opens with Abida Parveen’s performance

The audience hooted and cheered as the Sufi singer performed
05 Nov, 2016

The three-day Sindh Literature Festival (SLF) kicked off at the Beach Luxury Hotel on Friday with Sufi singer Abida Parveen’s live performance that created euphoric ambience in which many of her fans danced amid rounds of applause.

The festival hosted by Wijdan, an organisation dedicated to promote literature, music, arts and culture, featured stalls of books, paintings, traditional food, quilts, ajrak and Sindhi dresses.

The Sufi singer formally opened the event by cutting the ribbon. It was followed by the recital of Shah Latif’s verses from Sur Hassaini by the Faqirs who sing the Shah jo Risalo every evening at Shah Latif’s shrine.

Speakers at the inaugural session said the Risalo was not less potent and influential than Bhagavad Gita and Ramayana.

The organisers said they had planned to hold the SLF once a year that would basically champion Sindh’s culture and celebrate its literature chiefly in Sindhi language. But literature in other languages, too, including Urdu, English, Balochi and Seraiki, would also be given ample space, as Sindh was a multicultural land – “the land of the givers and not the snatchers”, as one organiser put it.

Educationist and scholar Dr Sulaiman Shaikh said it was time to harmonise different shades of culture and ethnicities in Sindh, particularly by making a concerted effort to encourage every resident of the province to learn its language.

Sardar Shah, provincial minister for culture, said the government would help the organisers with all possible means to make the event even better in its future editions.

SLF patron Abdullah Hussain Haroon also spoke.

The things got livelier when Abida Parveen went on the stage along with music artists Mewa Khan, Shahid Khan and Ustad Amb Jogi amid loud cheers of her fans.

Jeay Sindh - Sada Jeay - Jeay Latif - Sada Jeay. #JeaySindh #SadaJeay #JeayLatif #SadaJeay #AbidaParveen (Amman) #SLF.

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The audience loved her magical performance right from the start till the very end. One of the leading Sufi singers in present times began with ‘Man kunto maula'. As it happens always, the attendees loved every bit of it as her pleasing voice was accompanied with chants of ‘Ya Ali’ from the audience. Another hit ‘Arey Logon Tumhara Kya’ reinvigorated her fans. She frequently switched from Sufi music to ghazal and vice versa it continued to keep the audience engrossed and many realised it after some time that they had begun dancing.

The festival would continue till Sunday during which dozens of sessions vis-a-vis literature, history, fine arts, poetry and drama would be held. A number of singers and bands were also lined up to perform in the coming sessions, the organisers said.

Originally published in Dawn, November 5th, 2016


Kegad Nov 05, 2016 11:49am
A wonderful beginning for the promotion of culture
madhusudan Nov 05, 2016 12:08pm
Are their sindhi food stalls specially sindhi pakoras, chole bread, dal pakwan?
hosh Nov 05, 2016 01:16pm
Always make happy that kind of festivals. Promot this kindness in humanity. Rather than spreading hatred, give the chance to this beautiful evenings spread out in this beautiful country.
ashar Nov 05, 2016 01:47pm
What a bias. The title is written in English and Sindhi only. One is the language of their masters and one is their own. And what about the language they have to use to communicate with other Pakistanis. it would have been much better that the title was written in urdu too. The event would not be biased.
Jamil Soomro,NEW YORK CITY Nov 06, 2016 05:52am
My congratulations and Best Wishes to the Organizers of the First Sindh Literature Festival. Thanks to DAWN for the Video.
Karachi Nov 06, 2016 04:23pm
@ashar Your observation and suggestions are valuable. Please leave room for honest mistake rather political crime :-) Hope you too enjoyed the spirit of the festival... Peace
Jamil Soomro, NEW YORK CITY Nov 06, 2016 06:44pm
@Karachi Your honest, sensible and logical comment is appreciated.
imp3 Nov 07, 2016 05:51am
@ Ashar: I didn't gave a thought on same perspective like you,please don't look and think on political point of view,we as a nation have enough of this particularly from Karachi, by the way Sindhi is not my language but still is a part of my country,Peace
Sid.Noonari Nov 07, 2016 06:49am
@ashar Owning a language that is someones month tongue is not a prejudice. It is a right of every nation to pray, cry , and to express the emotions in their own language. I think objecting over such expression is propensity.