Sindh Festival comes to Karachi

Sindh Festival comes to Karachi
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KARACHI: Host was the same and so was the event. However, this time the host-city was Karachi, which received the opportunity to pull the crowd to Sindh Festival. Chairman of Pakistan People's Party, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari cut the ribbon at Bagh Ibn-e-Qasim Park in Clifton, officially starting Sindh Festival.
"Apni saqafat pe naaz karo, Pakistan se piyar karo," is the slogan Sindh Festival. The two-weeks long festival, which began on Saturday, would continue until February 15.
Traditional crafts display at Sindh Rural Support Organisation's (SRSO) stall caught the attention of spectators. A mixture of Sindh's handicrafts made by rural women was exhibited, including basketry, dresses, dupattas and home textiles. "Although the event is part of efforts to highlight the Sindhi culture, the visitors are reluctant to buy the crafts," said stallholder, Sameena Barkat Ali.
Mukhtiar Junejo, a resident of Clifton was busy buying Kandhkot-made footwear from a stall. "I have come here just to appreciate the initiative taken by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. Otherwise whatever PPP has delivered during last few years is visible to everyone," the lady told Daily Times. "We see hope in Bilawal's leadership". Her daughter Iman Junejo was enthusiastic about the event. "I am loving it," she said, who studies in class five.
Among others, Roma Mushtaq and Noel Ijaz liked colourful event. "Its high time for us to revive our culture," they told.
The festival has drawn visitors from all over the world, both lovers of culture and history. Adam Zamoyski, historian from London was seen concentrating more on preserved habitats at the Sindh Wildlife Department's stand. When asked how did he feel witnessing the Sindh Festival, he replied, "It is fantastic to be here." Adam, who visited the event along with his wife Emma Sergeant, praised the efforts made to organise the event. 
Another spectator who too was from London was Mike. Talking to Daily Times, he appreciated the festival's opening ceremony held at the archaeological site of Mohenjodaro on February 1. "Its wonderful to be part of such a beautiful event," said Mark who travelled to Pakistan to attend the cultural gathering.
According to Fakhar-e-Alam, coordinator of the entire festival, the event could be a window to revive Sindhi films. "This is the first time the festival is being organised. Yes there would be opportunities for immature filmmakers, especially those who produce documentary films to catch the attention of foreign delegates who would be visiting the film festival," Alam told.
Last but not least, performances of traditional singers were real treat to watch, which amused the crowd. International Al-Ghoza Narvaz Arbab Allah Bachayo Khoso, Saeendad Faqir, Je Ram Jogi and others entertained the spectators through soft melodious numbers and tunes.


 


This is the first time the festival is being organised. Yes there would be opportunities for immature filmmakers, especially those who produce documentary films to catch the attention of foreign delegates who would be visiting the film festival”


Fakhar-e-Alam
Coordinator of the entire festival 


Although the event is part of efforts to highlight the Sindhi culture, the visitors are reluctant to buy the crafts"


Sameena Barkat Ali
Stallholder


I have come here just to appreciate the initiative taken by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. Otherwise whatever PPP has delivered during last few years is visible to everyone”


Mukhtiar Junejo
A resident of Clifton 

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