APP06-15 ISLAMABAD: May 15 – Artists performing traditional dance during cultural show at the concluded session of the Two-day International Conference of News Agencies (ICNA) attended the delegates from various countries organized by the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) under the theme, “Pakistan’s Media – Opportunities and Challenges” with special focus on ‘News Agencies – Emerging Professional Challenges at last late night.' APP photo by Irshad Sheikh

ISLAMABAD, May 15 (APP):Popular musicians and folk performers on Monday night mesmerized the audience with their enthralling performance in a cultural show organized by Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) in honor of the delegates of two-day International Conference of News Agencies (ICNA) to inform them about the rich cultural and traditional values of Pakistan.
After tiresome deliberation during last two days of the conference, the colorful cultural show with various unique performances of artists fascinated the foreign guests and local spectators, who responded with applause and appreciation.
Cultural dances of different parts of Pakistan in colorful dresses were presented by the artists, which was highly appreciated by the guests from various countries including China, Indonesia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Romania, Oman, Bulgaria, Turkey, Lebanon, Sudan, Syria and Tunisia.
Just talk of Lava Dance, Punjabi or Sindhi Dance or the traditional dance of Northern Areas, each segment was telling the tale of rich culture of various regions of the country. All of them marvelously manifested Pakistani culture and traditions for the amusement and knowledge of the foreign delegates.
No matter if it was violin playing by renowned and legendary musician Ustad Saen Raees Ahmad Khan or dancing fingers of Salman Adil on flute, each segment was fully enjoyed by the participants. Fusion of Eastern and Western music by Saen Raees was a unique performance as melodies of Salman’s flute took the audience to the heights of pleasure.
At a performance where we have fusion of all regions, if we do not have Dhol (Drum) from Punjab and Rabab from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, then the performance remain tasteless. So, dancing on his feet with hands beating the drum, Dedar Hussain presented a captivating performance to enthrall the spectators.
The melodious tunes of Rabab by Zafar Ali, the artist coming a long way from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was another addition to the program tastefully designed by the organizers to give a pleasant send up to delegates after two days brain storming on role of news agencies.
This evening there was nothing to ponder, meditate and drown deep in the ocean of ideas, but it was just sailing smooth on the tides of music flowing through flute, rabab and violin.
Every stroke of the drum beater, every step of the dancers presently folk dances and every tune of flute or rabab seemed to be touching the hearts of the audience whose clapping and appreciation spoke highly of their liking to the show.
Every member of this galaxy appreciated the efforts of Managing Director Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) Masood Malik for bringing together not only the media professionals from 18 countries but also the bunch of artists from different parts of the country to highlight Pakistan’s culture and traditions.
Towards the end, the Managing Director thanked the organizers for the untiring efforts to make the conference a success and distributed shields among them. This conference not only highlighted the image of Pakistan as a peace loving country, but also sent a message of warm hospitality and rich culture and traditions across the borders.
The Managing Director hoped that the saga would not end here but more would be done in the arena of journalism through collaboration by news agencies of participating countries from the platform that conference had provided them with the name of International Forum of News Agencies (IFNA).
He wished the participants all the best and expressed confidence that in days ahead the cooperation among news agencies would flourish not only by exchanging news but also bring the people in respective regions closer and closer.