Baloch Culture Day observed in Balochistan

Baloch Culture Day observed in Balochistan

On the occasion, the Baloch youth were seen dancing on the beats of drums in a traditional style Baloch Culture Day was observed in various districts of Balochistan on 2nd March, 2015. On the occasion, various processions of youth, students and people from all walks of life were taken out from various parts of the […]

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Where have all the Sufis gone?

Where have all the Sufis gone?

by Peter Pannke When I first travelled to the East in 1969, I had only a very vague idea about the music I was going to find. I had not foreseen that my trip would take to Sindh, nor did I expect to live for a longer period with the malangs of Sehwan Sharif and […]

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Put on your ajrak and your topi: Sindhi Cultural Day to be celebrated tomorrow

Put on your ajrak and your topi: Sindhi Cultural Day to be celebrated tomorrow

KARACHI: With traditional clothing, folk songs and rallies, Sindhi Cultural Day, which began as Sindhi Topi Day, will be celebrated across the province tomorrow. Different organisations, including nationalist and political parties, are arranging events and rallies, which will start on Saturday evening with ‘mach katchehries’ (traditional gatherings). “It is like an Eid day for us,” explained […]

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Experiencing Sufi Music in Pakistan

Experiencing Sufi Music in Pakistan

by Prof. Dr. Jürgen Wasim Frembgen When I met Dr. Ashfaq Khan in October 1998 for the first time at a private mehfil (musical gathering) in Lahore, we discussed music after the concert, and he compared the different artistic forms of expression in Islam – poetry, calligraphy, miniature painting, ceramics, metalwork, carpets, fine weavings and […]

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Ancient Baluchistan – Exploring the Past

Ancient Baluchistan – Exploring the Past

By Dr. Ute Franke Excavations at Harappa and Moen jo Daro in the early 1920s pushed back Pakistan’s history by 2000 years and added the Indus – or Harappan Civilization – to the cultural landscape of the Ancient World, at eye level with the early civilizations of Egypt and Mesopotamia. Intense archaeological fieldwork carried out […]

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Beautiful Ralli Quilts from Larkana

Beautiful Ralli Quilts from Larkana

(Click on images to enlarge) Beautiful Collection of Ralli Quilts made by the women artisans of Larkano, Sindh A normal Ralli Quilt is a textile jewel finished with physical and spiritual labour or done with hand and mind putting in almost 180 hours, 10800 minutes or 648, 000 seconds of labour by a woman artisan. […]

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Khairpur diaries: Where women earn and women rule

Khairpur diaries: Where women earn and women rule

by Hifza Jillani KHAIRPUR: A splash of colours on both sides of the National Highway in the areas leading to and from village Haji Peer Bux Solangi in Thehri, district Khairpur, is a pretty sight. Countless rillis (patch-work quilts) of varying patterns are hung up for exhibit and sale. The men on the road, safeguarding the […]

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The forgotten cities of the Indus

The forgotten cities of the Indus

By Prof. Dr. Michael Jansen (Sitara-e-Imtiaz) In 1979 both Moen jo Daro and the cathedral of Aachen, where the exhibition was inaugurated, were put as some of the earliest cultural sites on the World Heritage List. Again, in the same year UNESCO started one of its largest campaigns ever (after Abu Simbel in Egypt) and RWTH […]

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Khussa Shoes – Symbol of the Traditional Culture of Sindh

Khussa Shoes – Symbol of the Traditional Culture of Sindh

Khussa (also known as Sindhi Juti and Mojari), the symbol of the traditional culture of Sindh, are made by artisans mostly using tanned leather.  Although, the Khussa industry is facing crisis due to inflation but it maintained its traditional identity since past many years. In ancient times these were worn by multitude and royalty. As it evolved through […]

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