Documentaries show treasures of ancient Chinese heritage of music, civilizations


Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—A large number of guests including diplomats, media persons, faculty and students of the Chinese language department National University of Modern Languages enjoyed themselves at the screening of two documentaries depicting rich treasures of Chinese cultural heritage.
Chinese Culture Centre had organized the event for the Pakistani guests. One could see Uxi Mufti member of the Pakistan Observer’s think-tank 101 Friends of China and a noted folklorist of the country at the ceremony. Chinese Cultural Counselor Mr You Yi formally welcomed the guests and briefed them about the culture promotional activities of his centre. Chinese culture centre is going to organize a number of events aimed at promotion of cultural ties and introduction of Chinese unique civilization through art and music, he said. On January 28, we are going to organize a big event as the date coincides with Chinese New Year and you all are welcome there, said Mr Yi.
Later, the guests had glimpses of various dynasties of China like Han dynasty, Qin dynasty, Shang and Ming dynasties.
The documentary titled ‘Ancient Chinese Treasure’ showed how these dynasties left lasting impact on the culture, heritage and traditions of the great country. It was told in the documentary that Shang dynasty lasted for around 600 years and was led by 30 different emperors. It is also called the Yin dynasty. Tang was the founder of this dynasty. Tang brought in a number of changes with the help of his two ministers.
Similarly, the founder of Qin dynasty Emperor Qin existed during the Warring States Period and came to power as a dynasty (221 BC-207 B.C.) by combining China under its first emperor, Shi Huangdi. The dynasty ruled over China only for 15 years but in spite of such a short duration, it played an important role in Chinese history.
It was he who he standardized weights and measures and he insisted that the round coin with square hole (Ban Liang Coin) should be the coin used in the country. Also one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Great Wall of China was built under his order.
Han dynasty consisted of two periods: the Western Han (206 BC – 24 AD) and the Eastern Han (25 AD – 220 AD). During the period there were 24 emperors on the throne. Many were excellent contributing to the prosperity of the country with Emperors Gaozu, Wen, Jing and Wu among them.
Last but not least, the documentary told about Ming dynasty the last of the great Chinese dynasties, the Ming dynasty finished the Great Wall and built the Forbidden City, an enormous palace for the Emperor. The Ming dynasty came into power by overthrowing the rule of the Mongols. In the second documentary titled ‘The Sound of Nature’ the guests were briefed about the evolution of the particular music of Mangolia, how the singers and musicians of Mangolia combined the old music tones with new ones. Fusion of two musics has great effect on the listeners.

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