PR No. 137 Two-day festival of Pakistani traditional music and culture concluded in the heart of Paris Islamabad, 20 November, 2017.

A 2-day festival of Pakistani traditional and folk music, display of Pakistani handicrafts and folk heritage, screening of documentaries and children workshops concluded in Paris, yesterday, says a press release received here today from Paris.

          The event jointly organized by the House of World Cultures and Embassy of Pakistan was hosted at the prestigious Theatre de la Ville (Espace Pierre Cardin) in Paris. 

          While highlighting importance of the event, the Ambassador of Pakistan to France Moin ul Haque said that this festival was organized in connection with the celebrations of 70thanniversary of Pakistan’s independence. He said that the festival showcased the richness of Pakistani cultural diversity, its sufi and folk musical traditions and splendor of its art and culture to the French audience. 

          A group of 14 Pakistani singers and musicians belonging to Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan and Swat were specially flown from Pakistan to France to perform in the Festival. 

          These included Ustad Zainullah Jan from Charsadda playing a 130 years old Sitar, Abdul Wahid, a Suroz player from Makran, Mr. Riaz Hussain another Suroz player and his brother Khadim Hussain from Sui, Abid Karim, the singer and rubab player and his fellow musician Mr. Gulbahar Shah from Hunza, and Ms. Amreen and Meher Angez from Chitral, playing the local music instrument ‘jharba’. 

          Espace Pierre Cardin traces its origins to early 18th century and is a popular place for theatre, music and cultural activities in Paris. The Pakistan festival at this venue was held from 18-19 November, 2017.