LAHORE, April 30: Shakir Ali Museum, a subsidiary of Islamabad-based Pakistan National Council of Arts, held an impressive dance and music evening on Sunday night here at a hotel to celebrate International Dance Day, observed all over the world on April 29.

Besides Federal Minister for National Heritage and Integration Samina Ghurki, a diverse audience attended the classical and folk dance gala.

There were classical dance fanciers, students from different art institutions, theatre directors, besides film and television figures, attended the event.

The celebrations were organised by the Pakistan National Council of Arts, in collaboration with Avari Hotel.

The stage wore a lovely look. Adorned with embellishments and illuminations it also displayed portraits of leading Pakistani classical dancers.

The members of the National Performing Art Group, PNCA, clad in glittering dresses, performed very well, besides a few performances by the students of Naheed Siddique and Bina Jawad. A package of seven dance presentations was like a colourful bouquet, representing different hues of classical dance primarily.

Though the evening was a tribute to classical dance maestros of the country, none of them turned up on the occasion. Museum director Amana Patuadi, commenting on their
absence said: “Well, I think we have done our duty by dedicating an evening to International Dance Day while highlighting the importance of classical dance”.

Haider, a classical dancer, was applauded by many for his meaty performance to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s ‘Koi Tou hai Jo Nizam-e-Hasti Chala Raha Hai’. Another young dancer, Umair, came up with a modern classical fusion. Dhamal and Kathak performances were also part of the evening. A documentary on classical dance made by PNCA was also shown on this occasion.

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