Cultural, folk night enthralls audience


Austrian ambassador impressed by cultural diversity of Pakistan

Zubair Qureshi

Ambassador of Austria Andrea Wicke Wednesday evening expressed her joy to have the “unique” opportunity of seeing and, of course enjoying herself the diversity of Pakistan’s rich culture under one roof.

This is something I have been yearning to see since I arrived in Pakistan some four and a half months ago, she said while addressing as Chief Guest a music show titled “Cultural & Folk Night” organized by Mausikaar at Legend Hotel.

The event showcased the cultural and Sufi dances by a dance group—Iftikhar Masih, Jonathan, Qaiser Nazeer, Aasma Wilson, Mishaal and Sulaphy Zahra— presented folk dances of all the four provinces and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and concluded on Dhamaal, instrumental performances, including Rubab and flute representing the musical diversity across the country.

My husband is a ballet dancer and the performance by young dancers and performers has left us spell-bound, the ambassador said.

‘Mausikaar’, a music organization working for the preservation of traditional music and welfare of the artists of Pakistan had organized the event after a gap of two years due to coronavirus pandemic.

The show was attended by a large number of music lovers, artists, members of diplomatic community and civil society.

While briefing the guests about Mausikaar and its cultural activities, President of the organization, Dr Seema Khan said the purpose of the event was to promote the true image of Pakistan and its vibrant colours through music and regional dance. “Mausikaar is a group of music lovers that got together about 16 years ago in 2007 to promote the traditional music of Pakistan ranging from classical to Ghazals including folk and sufi music,”