Song, Dance and Music and Nation Building
So, Pakistan should let their people think, feel, express through writing and songs, what is essentially the soul of the nation talking to itself.
To add insult to injury, Pakistan’s culture lost its way when a dictator changed the underlying language to Arabic.
How can a common man identify with the words of a language that are so foreign that he needs a translator to make out the basic meanings?
I have read the Quran several times and Arabic formally for 3 years, still I cannot understand the poetry or Arabic artists – because we are not Bedouins.
Alternatively, despite having zero training in Persian, I identify with this heartwarming Persian poem.
Mann Amadeh am
Man Aamadeh am
I have come to you willfully
So that Love can cry out to be heard
So that coquetry can cajole (you)
Ae Dilbar e Man Ilayi Sad Saal a Shavi
Dar Pehlu e Ma Nishista humsaya Shavi
Humsaya Shavi, ke dast ba ma saya kuni
Shaid ke naseeb man bechara shavi
Oh my sweetheart, may God (give you) 100 years of life
May you sit besides me like a (close) neighbor
Be my neighbor, so that you hand shades me
Maybe you become destiny of this wretched
I have come to you ready!
Ishq Amad oo khima zad ba sehrai dilam
Zanjeer wafa fikandah dar pai dilaam
Ishq agar bah faryad dil ma narsid
E vai Dilam, E vai Dilam
(Your) love came and pitched a tent in the desert of my heart
(This) chain of devotion, tossed at my heart’s feet
If adoration does not respond to my (desperate) pleadings
Woe my dear heart, woe my dear heart
I have come convinced…
Pakistan must study languages that people understand because of geographical proximity – if nothing else.
Civilizations’ Artistic Contribution to World Heritage through Arts
Pakistan like all countries of the world are artificial constructs, and will not be around 1000 years, like all other nations have merged and disintegrated.
While the country is on the map, contribute to the beauty of the world in Arts, and become a real civilization for others to emulate.
There is no point in hold on to a dogmatic truth about the evilness of music, which has no historical or cultural basis in the 60,000 years history of Homo sapiens.
In any case, Pakistanis are desperately looking for an identity that only song, music, dance poetry and literate can give them – not another dogmatic dictator.
Arts, Crafts and Music in the Indus Valley Land of Pakistan
The land that is now Pakistan had Khattak, Gidda, Luddi, Attan, Dhamaal, Sheedi dances ringing in happy occasions even under the darkest years of repression – why not let it free now
I hear the boring, clichéd, unimaginative poetry dished out by state channels and I wonder how can a creative group of people be reduced to such mediocrity and shallowness in one lifetime?
The written word is “holier than the blood of a martyr” – is true
Song, dance and music are a great job creator as well – something that is of prime importance to a democratic society that wants to deliver a decent life to their subject in this life time.
When the artistic elite is convinced that people need to be moved in a particular direction, like Madam Noor Jehan’s “Ai Ra e Haq ke Shaheed o” did – people become an unstoppable force.
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After all, Bollywood gave a diverse group of principalities like India an identity.
Inspiration is the major take away of a vibrant group of people.
Why does the world fear Poetry, Song, Music and Dance?
At least it can’t be as bad as be lying, misleading and robbing compatriots of the right to a decent and happy life
Well in literary circles, that is called pushing the boundaries, if there is no one with the courage to evolve, artistic people will show you the way.
Did I mention, life becomes interesting, romantic, fulfilling, loving and caring under an umbrella of a strong creative culture of homegrown romantics.
With art and crafts comes women empowerment, something that ruthless tribal society abhor.
How can a patriarch have his submissive lady think of romance and freedom, when he has a distorted religious belief and lawless culture to support this robbery and exploitation?
The interesting thing about arts and crafts is that if you cannot imaging, you cannot build.
Artistic Imagination inspires Research
It affects the research and development field as well.
The most outstanding Sci-fi films in today’s time are based on imagined art work a century old.
Song, Dance, Music, Arts and Crafts build nationhood and give people a collective identity – something missing in Pakistan of today.
It moves them collectively too.
Poetry, Song, Dance and Music celebrates Humanity
Art, music, crafts, words and dance have a common streak of humanity that goes beyond borders.
It is for the same reason that a true work of art is appreciated all around the world and not just on country.
For Pakistan to form a national identity, devolution power to the people through local bodies, Rule of Law, freedom of Art, expression and association, women empowerment and non-religious administrative setup.
No government is the best government as far as Arts is concerned.
Let the people carve out their own destiny – it is encoded in their biological code – and has helped them survive for 60,000 years.