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OPENING / CLOSING EVENTS THRU’ THE YEARS

 

October, 1983

Opening Event

“Passage of Dawn”.

·         A film on Marco Polo’s trek from Iran to China loaned by Lok Virsa

@ The Thread lines Gallery: #8, Street 19, F/6/2. Islamabad

May,1984

Closing Event

“Mohenjo-Daro”: Sound & Slide show.

·         Programme produced for the Lok Virsa: Sarmad Sehbai.

 Introduced by Uxi Mufti, Executive Director,

@ The Lok Virsa (National Institute of Folk heritage).

 

 

May, 1985

Closing Event

“15 years: A Medical Missionary in Bannu”.

·         The Hon. Ruth Coggan recounts her experience as a doctor at the Pennel Memorial Hospital at Bannu.

@ The German Embassy Auditorium.

May, 1986

Closing Event

“Urs of Bari Imam”.

·         Presentation on the Annual Religious Festival & Pilgrimage held at Nurpur Shahan: Islamabad by Dr. Doris Buddenberg- Nayar of the Anthropology Dept., Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad.

@ # 309, Hill Road, F/7/2, Islamabad.

 

 

October 1986

Opening Event

“The Silk Route”

2 Documentaries from Japan

@ The Japanese Embassy Auditorium.

May, 1987

Closing Event

“Gardener-ware: Russian porcelain of the Gardener/Kutznetsov Factories in Afghanistan”.

·         Exhibition/ Talk: Andreina Cottafavi, Former Asst. Curator: Porcelain Museum @ Pitti Palace, Florence, Italy.

@ # 112, Attaturk Avenue, G/6/3.

 

 

October 1987

Opening Event

“The Economic & Cultural Importance of the Camel to the People of Pakistan”.

·         An Illustrated Talk : Suzanne Staples and Virginia Morgan

@ The Japanese Embassy Auditorium.

May, 1988

Closing Event

“An Asian Evening “

·         Costume/Music Event

@ The British High Commission Residence.

 

October, 1988

Opening Event

“The Kalash”.

·         An Illustrated Talk: Maureen Lines, on her work with the Kalash tribes.

@ The Islamabad Girls College, School Road, F/6/2.

May 1989

Closing Event

“Khattak”- Northern Areas

·         Dance Performances by the Frontier Constabulary, NWFP

@ The Canadian High Commission Residence.

 

 

October, 1989

Opening Event

“Pakistan”. An Illustrated Introduction to Pakistan

 “From the Northern Areas to the Shrines of Sind”

·         Accompanied by live music from the different regions-

Vocals: Zahid Farani, Sitar: Farid Nizami, Tabla: Ajmal.

 Organised by Perveen Malik and Sajid Munir.

@ The Indonesian Embassy Auditorium.

May, 1990

Closing Event

“A Pakistani Evening”.

·         Costumes, Jewellery and Folk dances

            Organised by Perveen Malik

·         Music Concert by the Margalla Blues Band.

@ The Canadian High Commission Residence.

 

 

October 1990

Opening Event

“Hunza”.

·         Video & An Illustrated Talk: The Rani of Hunza

·         Folk dances from Hunza

@ The Indonesian Embassy Auditorium

May, 1991

Closing Event

Folk Dances from the 4 Provinces of Pakistan:

·         The Sanjh group / Bhangra evening

@ the Canadian High Commission

 

 

September, 1991

Opening Event

“The Architectural Traditions in Pakistan”.

·         An Illustrated Talk by Dr. Kamil Khan Mumtaz, Architect/Author of “Architecture in Pakistan”.

@ The Indonesian Embassy Auditorium.

May, 1992

Closing Event

“Oriental Masks and Veils”: Costumes/ Music

·         Performance by the Pipe band of the Pakistan Army

@ The British High Commission Residence

 

 

September, 1992

Opening Event

“Central Asia”.

·         An Illustrated Talk by Prof. Emiritus, Dr. Ahmed Hasan Dani . Hon. Director: Centre for Central Asian Studies, Quaid-e-Azam University.

@ The Indonesian Embassy Auditorium.

May, 1993

Closing Event

“Central Asian Evening”.

·         “Khattak” Performance by the Frontier Constabulary, NWFP.

·         “Chitrali” Folk Dance Performance

@ The British High Commission Residence.

 

September, 1993

Opening Event

“Pakistan in the 19th Century”.

·         An Illustrated Talk by Syed Faqir Aijazzuddin: A  Noted Art Historian/Journalist

@ The Indonesian Embassy Auditorium.

May, 1994

Closing Event

“The Mughal Court”

·         ‘Kathak’ A Classical  Dance Performance by Maharaj Kathak and his students

@ The British High Commission Residence

 

September, 1994

Opening Event

“Potohar Plateau”.

·         An Illustrated Talk by Raja Changiz Sultan, M.D. Pakistan Tourism Corporation.

@ The Indonesian Embassy Auditorium.

May, 1995

Closing Event

“An Evening in the Potohar”.

Music & Dances from the Potohar Region

@ The French Embassy Residence.

 

 

September, 1995

Opening Event

“Air Safari Over The Karrakurrams”-

·         A PIA documentary:

@ The Indonesian Embassy Auditorium

May, 1996

Closing Event

“Bhangra Evening”.

·         Performance by Dhrees dancers from Jhang.

@ The French Embassy Residence.

 

September, 1996

Opening Event

“Journey along the Mighty River Indus”.

·         A Multimedia Presentation Uxi Mufti, Exec. Director, Lok Virsa.

@ The Indonesian Embassy Auditorium.

May, 1997

Closing Event

“Indus Valley Civilization Evening”.

·         Folk Music & Entertainment!

@ The French Embassy Residence.

 

September, 1997

Opening Event

“The Silk Route”.

·         An Illustrated Talk by Professor Emiritus, Dr. Ahmed Hasan Dani, Hon. Director, Centre for Central Asian Studies, Quaid-e-Azam University.

@ The Islamabad Club Auditorium.

May, 1998

Closing Event

“A Journey of Music, Dance and Costumes Along the Silk Route”. (Participation by Concerned Embassies)

Commentary/ Presentation by Perveen Malik.

  • @ The Italian Embassy residence.

 

 

September 1998

Opening Event

“Baluchistan”.

·         An Illustrated talk by  Wazir Jogezai, former Deputy Speaker, National Assembly.

@ The Islamabad Club Auditorium.

May 1999

Closing Event

“A Baluch Evening”.

·         “Mugharman” Traditional Kettle-Drum of the Sheedi Baluch’s from the Coastal Line of Makran

·         Dance Performance by the ‘Leva’ Dancers of Ibrahim Dada and his ensemble.

@ Holiday Inn  (Shifted from French Embassy Residence  due to inclement weather)

 

 

September 1999

Opening Event

“Pakistan in the Millennium – Preserving Cultural Heritage: Colours of the Indus- Costumes & Textiles of Pakistan”.

·         An Illustrated Talk by Dr. Nasreen Askari, Curator of the Mohatta Palace Museum, Karachi.

@ The Islamabad Club Auditorium.

May, 2000

Closing Event

“Kathak”-

·         A Classical Dance Performance by Nahid Siddiqui to live music

@ The Islamabad Club Auditorium.

 

 

September 2000

Opening Event

“The Grand Trunk Road”.

·         An Illustrated Talk by Salman Rasheed: Preservationist/Conservationist. Noted author of numerous travelogues

 @ The Islamabad Club Auditorium.

May 2001

Closing Event

“Music and Dance Along the Grand Trunk Road”.

·         ’Khattak’ dancers of the Frontier Constabulary, NWFP.

·         ‘Sagheer Dholli’ and his Bhangra group from Jhelum.

@ The German Embassy Residence.

 

 

September 2001

Opening Event

“Pakistan’s Mountain Environment and Our Place In It”.

·         An Illustrated Talk by Brigadier (R) Jan Nadir Khan; founder member of the Alpine Club of Pakistan and founder President of Adventure Foundation, Pakistan

@ The Islamabad Club Auditorium.

May 2002

Closing Event

“The Year Of The Mountains”.

  • Royal Family of Nagar  :Music, Dance, Jewellery & Costumes With Live Musical Accompaniment

             Presentation: Perveen Malik

  • The World's Best Kept Secret": a Serendip Productions film
  • Display of Artefacts: Northern Areas- Lok Virsa
  • -Display of Paintings: Raja Changez Sultan/Ghulam Rasul
  • Performance by the Chitral Scouts

@ The British High Commission Residence.

 

 

October 2002

Opening Event

“Punjab” - A Crucible of History:

·         An Illustrated Talk by Fakir Syed Aijazuddin; An Art Historian/ Journalist and Author

@ The Islamabad Club Auditorium.

Closing Event

CANCELLED :IRAQ CRISES

 

 

September 2003

Opening Event

“Water is Life”

·         An Illustrated Talk by Jehan Ara Moeen.

@ The Islamabad Club Auditorium.

May 2004

Closing Event

“Colours of the Punjab” – Land of the Five Rivers

·         Folk Dances of the Punjab: A Presentation by Dr. Fauzia Saeed & Friends.

·         Mystic Drums: A performance by Sagheer Dholi and group.

·         Folk dance performance :‘Dhrees’ Dancers from Jhang.

·         “Colours of the Punjab”: A Visual Montage by Serendip Produtions.)

@ The French Embassy Residence

 

September 2004

Opening Event

“Soobah-e-Sarhad” – The Province in the North-

·         An Illustrated Talk by Brig. (Retd) Amir Gulistan Janjua

@ The Islamabad Club Auditorium.

May 2005

Closing Event

“Soobah-e-Sarhad” – The Province in the North

·         Rubab & Tabla:  Instrumental Music Performance

·         ‘Khattak’ Dance Performance:  Khyber Rifles

·         ‘The Magical Frontier’:  A Visual Montage: Serendip Productions

@ The French Embassy Residence

September 2005

Opening Event

“ Rawalpindi”: A Town in the Victorian Subcontinent...1880-1905

·         A Multi-Media presentation: Mr. Mohammad Ali Akbar

@ The Islamabad Club Auditorium.

May 2006

Closing Event

 “Kathak” Fasih-ur Rehman .Live Musical Accompaniment

·         A Classical Dance Performance

 @ The Islamabad Club Auditorium

 

November 2006

Opening Event

‘Romancing the Present’: The Pakistani Art Scene

·         A Multi- Media Presentation: Professor Salima Hashmi

@ The Islamabad Club Auditorium

May 2007

Closing Event

‘A Display by Models of Authentic, Ethnic Costumes & Jewellery’
(From the private collections of Ishrat Hyatt & Dr. Fozia Saeed)
·         Synchronised to Regional Folk Music: Flute & Sitar

·         Commentary/ Presentation: Perveen Malik

·         Music Coordination: Yasser Nomann

·         ‘Bhangra’: The Rabbani Art Group: Dhrees Dancers from Jhang

@ The Canadian High Commission

 

November 2007

Opening Event

 

‘Sufi Soul of the Punjab’- Live In Concert: Arieb Azhar

·         Musical Accompaniment:  Guitar:Foaad Nizam, Flute: Salman Adil, Tabla: Muhammad Ajmal

@ IFWA Centre #259,Street 38,F/7/1

May 2008

Closing Event

“Beyond Boundaries: South Asia”

·         Costumes, Music and Dance from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and India

·         Commentary/ Presentation: Perveen Malik

Music Coordination: Yasser Nomann

·         ‘Qawwali’ concert by Faiz Ali Faiz Qawwal & Ensemble

@ The Canadian High Commission Residence

 

November 2008

Opening Event

“The Hidden Colours”: The Tangible & Intangible Culture of the NWFP”

·         Documentary/ Presentation by Samara Minallah

·         Music Concert  by Lala Swabi & Group from Mardan

Rubab & Duggal ( Musical Instruments from the North)

·         Folk Dance Performance: Group from Haripur

  • Exhibition of Photographs: Islamabad Camera Club/

      Dr. Shaukat Malik

  • Display of Art & Craft Works/Embroideries from the Region

@ The PNCA, Islamabad

May 2009

Closing Event

Zeb & Haniya in Concert-

·         Accompanied by Hassan Mohyuddin- Percussion, Zishan- Guitar

@ The Swiss Embassy residence

( Cancelled due to security reasons)

 

October 2009

Opening Event

Peace & Tolerance-

·         Arieb Azhar & Ensemble in Concert

@ The PNCA, Islamabad

May 2010

Closing Event

A Folk Music Extravaganza:

Sindh, Baluchistan, KhyberPakhtunkhwa, Punjab

·         Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Rubab: Muhabbat Khan,

·         Baluchistan Dera Bugti :Suroz: Riaz Khan

·         Baluchistan Sui: Dambura (Tambura):Ali Dost

·         Sindh : Alghoza:. Akbar Khamisu Khan

·         Sindh : Dholak: Muhammad Khan

·         Punjab Chiniot: Chimta, Dhol, Jori (twin flutes) and King (mono stringed). Bashir Lohar & Ensemble

@ The Residence of the Swiss Ambassador, Diplomatic Enclave

(In collaboration with Khiva Restaurant)

 

October 2010

Opening Event

2010

‘The Craft Traditions Of Pakistan ’- Noorjehan Bilgrami

·         Multi- media presentation/ Book Launch

·         Craft Exhibition

@ The PNCA, Islamabad

May 2010

Closing Event

 

‘Dance to the Beat of the ‘Dhol’

·         The Rabbani ‘Dhrees’ dancers from Jhang

@ the Residence of the Belgian Ambassador, F/6/3

(In collaboration with Khiva Restaurant)

 

October 2011

Opening Event

 

‘Cultural Expressions’: A Journey into the Sufi Realm of South Punjab: ‘- Sajida Vandal

·         Multi- media presentation/ Book Launch

·         Craft Exhibition

@ The PNCA, Islamabad

May 2012

Closing Event

 

A Folk Music Spectacular!

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Punjab

·         Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Rubab: Gulab Khan,

Duggal ( Peshawari drums): Kandahar Gul

·         Sindh: Alghoza:Akbar Khamisu Khan, Dholak: Faiz Mohammad

·         Punjab-Show Stopper-  Qurban Niazi and his Quintet

·         Chimta, Dhol, Harmonium, King ( Mono- stringed,Tabla &      Vocals            

@ the Residence of the Belgian Ambassador, F/6/3

(In collaboration with Khiva Restaurant)

 

October 2012

Opening Event

 

“Balochistan: The Other Side” - Naheed Jafri- Azfar

·         History, culture, costumes and travel

·         A Multi-Media Presentation

@ The PNCA, Islamabad

May 2013

Closing Event

 

Pop Music Spectacular!

·         Zoe Viccaji accompanied by ‘The Intime Band’ from Karachi!

·         The Rabbani Art Group: ‘Dhrees’ folk  dancers from Jhang

@ the Turkish Embassy, Diplomatic Enclave

(In Collaboration with Serena Hotels)

 

September 2013

Opening Event

“Sindh: A Mystical Journey” -A. Hameed Akhund

·         A multi-media presentation: History, culture, crafts & music

·         Exhibition: Sindhi craft & truck art

May 2014

Closing Event

 

The Intoxication of Sound

·         Allan Faqir Jr. & Folk Musicians

·         Khumaariyan: The Band

@the Australian High Commission Club

(In Collaboration with Serena Hotels)

 

October 2014

Opening Event

“The Resourceful Fakirs”- Fakir S. Aijazuddiun

·         A multimedia presentation/ Book launch

@ the Serena Hotel, Islamabad

(In Collaboration with Serena Hotels)

May 2015

Closing Event

 

Zoe Viccaji & The Band: In Concert

@ the Serena Hotel, Islamabad

(In Collaboration with Serena Hotels)

( Originally scheduled at Australian Hi Commission Club-Weather conditions)

 

October 2015

Opening Event

Swat: The Princely State :1917-1969- Adnan Aurangzeb

A multimedia presentation

@ the Serena Hotel, Islamabad

(In Collaboration with Serena Hotels)

May 2016

Closing Event

 

Concert: Khumariyaan – The Band

‘The Intoxication of Sound’

@ the Serena Hotel, Islamabad

(In Collaboration with Serena Hotels)