KARACHI - Consul General Michael Dodman and the staff of the US Consulate General Karachi celebrated Sindhi Culture Day with a reception and Qawwali concert on Saturday.
The American Qawwali band Fanna-Fi-Allah performed a set of traditional Qawwali songs, including Qalandar’sDhamaland Moor Muhara, for invited media and guests.
Addressing the media prior to the concert, Consul General Dodman spoke of his love for the Sindhi culture and observed that Sindhi Culture Day is a day that all Pakistanis can celebrate.
“Sindhi people have wonderful traditions and history. Those traditions and history are an important part of Pakistani culture and one that all Pakistanis can be proud of and identify with,” he said.
The American Qawwali band Fanna-Fi-Allah has deep roots in Pakistan and Sindh, with several band members having studied with Pakistan’s present day Qawwali greats for over a decade.
The band is touring Pakistan this month as part of a State Department-sponsored program and will be performing throughout Sindh and Punjab in coming weeks.
The celebrations of the day started three years back by the Sindhi media organisations to show the unity against the anti-culture comments by anchor on a TV channel.
A main gathering planned outside the Karachi Press Club where men, women and children by wearing Sindhi Ajrak and Topi (Cap) assembled.
Political, social and organisations, besides Sindh culture department and administrations of various schools, colleges and universities organised a variety of events including seminars, debates, folk music programmes, drama and theatric performances, tableaux and literary sittings to mark the festivity, where Sindhi culture, history and heritage would be highlighted.
The participants of the gathering took part in events by wearing Sindhi caps to express pride over being Sindhi.