The captivating ensemble of dance and music presented by the National Performing Arts Group showcased the magnificent heritage of the human spirit that added colour and integrity to our cultural heritage through ages.The presentation brought back the memories of ‘good old times’ when performing art was a liberated part of our lives without any restrictions.‘The Indus Rhythm’ is a presentation of joy and freedom of expression that adorns the day-to-day life of the people of Pakistan in various form and fragrance since ancient times.
Remembering Sindhi Sufi poet Fakir Bedil’s couplet “From the tyranny of religious dogma, love will set you free,” it is hoped that by ensuring frequent and free holding of events like this, PNCA would continue to spread the people’s culture and not the official version, and portray to the world the true face of Pakistan’s culture with its message of universal love, tolerance, peace, equality, and respect for all creation.
(...) Talking to ‘The News’, PNCA Director General Naeem Tahir said, “Through the Indus Rhythm, we are trying to make a statement that people in Pakistan love and enjoy music and dance.
It is also an effort to trace the evolution of performing art through blending the ancient and traditional performances with that of the people who live in the Indus valley of now, recognised as Pakistan”.
He said that starting with only 6 male and 6 female dancers, the PNCA Performing Arts Group has now multiplied in to a full grown team of 48 members, with 24 male and equal numbers of female performers.
The eternally intertwined, absolutely unshakable, and historically rich fraternities between Jews and Persians are extensively documented in the Holy Jewish Bible (Holy Torah and Tanakh); dating back to 600 BC when the great Persian ruler, King Cyrus rescued the Jews from slavery in Babylon and allowed their return to Israel to rebuild their Temple (See: 2 Chronicles -23 in the Holy Jewish Bible, as well as the accounts of Persian Kings, Darius the Great, Cambysses, Xerexes, and Artaxerexes-I, in the Books of Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Haggai, Zachariah, and Malachi.)In post-Islamic Persia, it was precisely the Persian Sufi poets who courageously rejected the medieval Islamic practice of forcing non-Muslims (Jews in particular), who lived within the boundaries of the Islamdom, to wear a distinctive green belt or girdle called 'Zonar' to identify and distinguish them from the Muslim population.
Later on during the same medieval periods, the Christians borrowed that shameful practice from their Muslim counterparts and also forced non-Christians (Jews in particular), who lived within the boundaries of the Christendom, to wear a distinctive 'Yellow badge' or the infamous 'Armband'.
- the outstanding 11th century Persian poet and one of the giants of Persian literature who authored the masterpiece of world literature, Shah-Namah- شاهنامه or The Epic of Kings: Hero Tales of Ancient Persia.
- the great 11th century Persian Sufi poet whose greatest prose work is Safar-namah - سفرنامه or Book of Travel in which he relates detailed accounts of his seven years spiritual journey throughout the Islamic world.
Rumi has also extensively expressed his deep love and respect for Jews throughout his prose and poetic works.