Islamabad: Hand dyeing with henna (balsam) proved a fascinating experience for Indonesian ladies attending the “Pakistan Culture and Cuisine show” organized here by top production company of the country, Amasiwa Intl, in collaboration with the Pakistan Embassy, Jakarta, says a press release received here today from Jakarta.
The “Henna Bandi” segment was held as a side event of the 4-hour show which featured a lecture on culture, cuisine and social traditions of Pakistan by Ambassador Sanaullah, screening of Pakistani documentary, a cooking demonstration and Tabla performance by Pakistan origin maestro, Mr. Yogi.
Of all the segments, adornment of hands with henna thrilled women invitees the most. The hand dyeing was performed by Pakistani ladies who on the occasion also answered queries from the guests about latest fashion trends in Pakistan. All the ladies were later presented sets of Pakistani bangles and henna as souvenirs.
Ambassador Sanaullah in his candid talk on Pakistani culture said, it was a beautiful blend of tradition and modernity. “Pakistanis feel proud of the Sufi spirit of their cultural heritage”, he said adding that Pakistani society was not averse to positive change provided it was not repugnant to tenants of Islam. Pakistani culture reflects strong Islamic influences but at the same time also incorporates the civilization heritage that dates back thousands of years in time, the Ambassador remarked. Pakistan is the land that was home to Indus Valley and Gandhara, two of world’s oldest civilizations. This is the land where Buddhism blossomed and where sufi Islam won many a heart. As for Pakistan’s cuisine, the Ambassador said it had strong central Asian traits, whereas the architecture boasts of Iranian, Turkish, Arab, Greek and Moghul influences.
The music he said is lively and with the passage of time has developed from classical to semi-classical and modern pop. But unlike many other countries of the world, he said, people in Pakistan still prefer to listen to golden oldies instead of rock and pop. “Pakistan boasts of a prospering democracy with a continuing political process. We are the country which had the first woman prime minister of the Islamic world”, the Ambassador remarked.
Later, the live cooking demonstration featured preparation of famous Pakistani delicacies of mutton karahi and chicken with capsicum. The guests were served these dishes along with murgh biryani, nan and samosas.
A 20-minute tabla playing by Pakistan origin maestro, Yogi was as thrilling for the guests as was the henna segment for Indonesia ladies. Yogi synchronized and fused his Tabla beats with the famous numbers of legendary Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, “Piya Re” and “Kisay da yar na wichray”, winning applause from the audience and also concluding the programme.
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