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Wakhi Cultural Festival Begins Today

Posted by Gilgit Tribune on December 10, 2009

The Wakhi cultural festival begins today at Lok virsa Islamabad. This event is being organized by Gojal Educational and Cultural Association (GECA) with the support of Lok Virsa and Norwegian Embassy and is to continue for five days till 13 dec.

The proceedings for the day were stared with the recitation of Quran by qari Shuja. The chief guest of the day was presented with traditional Wakhi cap and choogha by a wakhi elder from Ashkoman and Ejaz Karim former chairman of GECA The chief guest ambassador of republic of Norway Mr. Robert Kvile let the festival begin formally when he cut the ribbon to inaugurate the event. This was followed by traditional welcome song Sho muborakbod sung by eminent Wakhi singer Fazal Rehman shirin Sudo and was assisted by Wakhi elders shambi Kahn and Mehman Khan.

A group of Wakhi elders including Asmat ullah Musfiq,wali Baig. Awal Baig and Shambi Khan Danced in traditional Wakhi style and fascinated the people with the unique and soothing style of Wakhi dance .The famous folk song from Wakhan “bulbulik” was sung by Ali ahmed Shani and Fazal Reman shirin Sudo and they were assisted by Rehmat Karim and Hyder Murad. Another unique item presented in the day was traditional Sword dance performed by Shambi Kahn and Niamat Karim. Apart fro these many other songs were sung by singers including Rehmat Karim, DW Baig, Tawakal ali, Ali Ahmed Shani, Riaz Sahar, Amanullah Nachiz,Rehbar Kahn , Shirin Sado, Hyder Murad among many others. Gojali Wakhi people residing in the twin cities danced to the tunes of Dhol, rabab ,Daf ,pipe and damal. The band trio from hunza helped sooth the occasion with musical tunes of dudang surunai and damal.

Many stalls including trational Wakhi dishes, such as molida, but, chilpindok, moch and shulbut ,different products made from seabuk thorn,Wakhi handi crafts, traditional Wakhi carpet weaving plos  are also staged. Where visitor can enjoy traditional food and buy cultural items.

The chief guest in his speech lauded efforts of Geca and showed his immense interest in Wakhi Culture. He also visited many stalls including traditional Wakhi dishes, He was briefed about different stalls by Geca chairman Farman Ali and director of lok virsa. Earlier the GECA chairman welcomed the guests and highlighted the importance of culture and the challenges being faced by the Wakhi community and stressed the need for efforts to preserve the language which is facing extinction as mentioned in the Unesco’s red book. He thanked Norwegian embassy and lok virsa for their support to make this festival a success.

The director of lok virsa in his address urged the participants to preserve their cultural and social values, Wakhi language, customs and folklore and promote unity, inter-communal harmony and enlightenment in society.

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