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Indonesia’s traditional music adds extra colours to Pindi Food Festival

Zubair Qureshi

The women members of the Indonesian Embassy delighted the visitors of the 2nd Pindi Food Fest 2022 at Ayub National Park, Rawalpindi with “Angklung” performance playing “Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da” by the Beatles and traditional folksong.

Pakistan’s popular singer, Natsha Baig performed also at the festival together with Chef Gulzar, Shan Khan, Bakhsi Brother, Mash Baloch, Hassan Darbuka and others.

Angklung is an Indonesian musical instrument consisting of two to four bamboo tubes suspended in a bamboo frame, bound with rattan cords. Since each Angklung only generates one note or chord several players must work together in order to play melodies. Angklung captures the spirit of cooperation and togetherness of diverse Indonesian society.

The Angklung is closely related to traditional customs, arts, and cultural identity in Indonesia played during ceremonies such as rice planting, harvest, and circumcision. Noting the unique sound and philosophical meaning of this cultural tradition, Angklung was recognized by UNESCO in 2010 as a masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity.

Initiated last year, the Pindi Food Festival is an annual cultural and culinary promotion event organized by the Rawalpindi Chamber & Commerce of Industry (RCCI). The three-day food festival features more than 55 food stalls representing delicious and diverse Pakistani cuisines.

Arabella’s Kitchen MRC Pakistan is participating in the 2nd Pindi Food Festival of 2022 and introducing Indonesian cuisines such as Bakso (meatballs), Bakwan (Indonesian Pakora), Siomay, Fried Rice and Noodles, Chicken Satay and Banana Cheese Roll to Pakistani food lovers.

The Indonesian food stall attracted a large number of visitors who wanted to experience some similarities with Pakistani dishes but were encouraged by the unique flavors of Indonesian cuisines.

 

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