Islamabad, December 15: Wakhi artisans who recently participated in the five days long Wakhi Festival were engaged in yet another cultural event at the house of GECA vice-chairman, Tayib Jan, last night.
Nazir Ahmed Bulbul, Fazal Amin Baig and Najeeb Ullah Naveed read out poetries in Wakhi in an informal mushaira.
Fazal Rehman Shireen Sado, Rehmat Karim, Haider Murad, Javed Ali Khan, Riaz Sahar and Mehmood sang Wakhi songs to the tune of Rubab, Duf and claps.
As the sounds of Duf and Rubab, and the enchanting voices of singers, competed to win hearts and minds of over fifty men and women gathered here to meet and greet the artisans, in a cold Islamabad night, one felt proximity to the heaves that blanket the Pamirs and plateaus of Gojal valley.
Female artisans presented folk songs and sang a unique Wakhi genre called Loos, or “the songs of mourning”. A Loos, traditionally, was eulogy for a departed soul. In yesteryears women and men used to eulogize the dead by spontaneously composing and singing songs of mourning, to express extreme grief and pain over the death of a dear one. However, for different reasons this practice has been shunned over the past few decades.
Similar cultural nights and dinners for the artisans were also arranged at houses of GECA chairman, Farman Ali, and prominent planner of the Wakhi Festival, Mehboob Aziz.