A Glimpse into the Sindhi Culture and Human Rights Day Celebration
The first weekend of December 2016 once again marked the true colours of pluralism and mysticism at the heart of Sindh. From the scent of antique wooden curios to the hues of Ajrak, the Sindhi Cultural and Human Rights Daywas filled with old Sindhi culture whose allure dates back to the Indus Valley Civilisation. Just like any other purposeful event by the Charter for Compassion, this one too had an air of hope, compassion and homage about it. The onset of the day astounded the audience with speeches, displays, performances and pep-talks. The event went on for an entire day at the Government Boys High School in Koro Goth. People of all ages took interest in the talks and activities that encompassed the historical background of both culture and education.
Just as the Sanskrit dubbing of the province as “Sindhu” which means “Ocean” gives the province and its culture a profound meaning, the event also ensured to cover several objectives. One of the biggest objectives was to encourage the worthy children of Sindh by setting up a stage for them to face the world with hope, confidence and dignity. The children performed folk dances, sang songs and delivered speeches which reminisced the olden times’ Bhagat (the historical folk dance), the Indian Rag and Harvas (the historical treble of music, vocals and dancing) introduced by the mystical Shah Bhitai.
Following the sound of the Tambura, the venue was given a national pride when the green and white flag was hoisted amidst the proud audience. The display of the national flag also signified the importance of national unity and patriotism. After the performances, the audience took keen interest in the cultural artefacts and curios of Sindh. People enjoyed walks between the neighbouring stalls of clothes, pots, hand-fans, carved wooden figures and what not adorned with small pieces of mirrors and shades of all colours. The display was staged so as to pay homage to the essentials of ancient artistic values, love and peace which are an integral part of Sindhi culture and its history.
Another eminent objective of the event was to instil human rights and make them effective by the deliverance of persuasive speeches and debates on the topic. Girls took the stage and spoke confidently on the issue of Women Rights. Other than the explicit speeches, the performances also symbolised the importance of human rights. Overall, the event was a beautiful blend of culture, education and rights for all.
The charm of the Sindhi culture let alone this event’s objective is drab unless the beautiful poetry of Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai about Sindh’s glamour is quoted, which follows:
O’ my Lord, may you keep showering happiness over Sindh
O’my Sweet Friend, may you make the whole world abundant.