Thatta Kedona

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Thatta Kedona at World Performing Arts Festival

The turnout increased on the third day of World Performing Arts Festival and the dazzling entry of horses dancing on drumbeat into the venue was the event of the evening.

Visitors to stalls showcasing antiques, jewellery and handicrafts increased and a large number of foreigners were seen dressed up in Pakistani apparel such as kurtas with mirror work, pendants and shawls.

Thatta Kedona, a stall run by an NGO that helps rural women, sold handmade dolls and village toys that attracted locals as well as tourists.

The Museum of Puppetry stall sold bags, t-shirts and small puppets. Children thronged the face-painting stall. “It is an excellent event but there isn’t too much activity on the stalls apart from face-painting,” said Yasmeen Saad.

Ticket for Sunday night’s music show were sold out several hours before the show began. Ziryab Art Creations from Syria were the prime feature of the music show. They performed on a combination of vocals, monologue and music representing rituals and ceremonies of the ancient Syrian civilisation with a contemporary 21st century perspective.

Members of the group told Daily Times that the songs had been derived from poems on tablets as old as 2000 BC. “Our songs talk of life, death, eternity and love while the expressive dances embody harvest festivity, fertility ceremonies, the underworld and the temple dancer,” a member said. “Syria is famous for its history and ancient culture.” The audience was appalled not only by the dance but also by the dresses.

French group Jaleo Real, which sang songs from its new album Pichia, was also appreciated. His music was a mixture of reggae, the Cuban sound, flamenco and tango all hooked up to the vigorous musical energy of street rumba. The group consisted of two lead vocalists, two Spanish guitarists, a bass player and a Cajon flamenco player.

An Iranian troupe called Salar Aghili also performed on Sunday night. Their light soothing music with very appealing light rhythms mesmerised the audience, as they sung poetry by such masters as Hafiz, Rumi and Saadi.

Indian dance Kathakali was one of the popular events of the evening. After a successful performance on Saturday, the number of visitors increased significantly on Sunday. Kathakali is literally a play based on tales of gods and goddesses of Hindu mythology, but the art of Kathakali is more than that. It can be called a dance, a drama, a ballet, an opera, a pantomime or a miracle play.

Lemon, a puppet troupe from Iran, played Waiting in Café Parker. The Farsi play is based on Arthur Miller’s classic Death of a Salesman and speaks of the desire to dream and the desire to survive.

Pathirage Chandika Pathiraja, a puppet show by a Sri Lankan troupe, was not as popular as the Iranian show. It was a subtle commentary on social traditions such as dowry and early marriage presented in an entertaining manner. The Daily Times Report


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