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14-member Pakistani troupe to attend 4th International Samaa Festival in Cairo

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Islamabad: The 4th International Samaa Festival for Sufi Music and Chanting which is being held at the El-Ghouri Dome in Cairo from 15th August, 2011, will also feature a 14-member troupe of renowned Pakistani Sufi musicians and performers, who will perform three concerts between 15 and 22 August, 2011. It will be a real treat to enjoy performances by Pakistani artistes, particularly those of the Sufi tradition, which has strong and historic roots in Pakistan. The best thing is that the Festival performances are open to the public and free of cost, says a press release received from Cairo here today.

The group has been sponsored by the Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop which is the oldest independent theatre company of Pakistan. It was founded in 1974. During the last 13 years it has produced 19 International Festivals in Pakistan of Puppetry, Theatre, Dance, Music and Film. These festivals have featured over 3000 performances by approximately 3000 artists from more than 59 countries. The Theatre has played a major role in the promotion and projection of Pakistan’s great tradition in Sufi vocals, mystical music and percussion.

The renowned Sufi performers include Mohib Khamiso Khan, son of the legendary alghoza (Pakistani flute) player; Akmal Qadri, internationally acclaimed artists and descendent of the great flute players Sain Dita Qadri and Sain Marna; and Riaz Ali who has been trained in Qawali by the Qawwal Gharana (household) of Mian Barkat Ali, a disciple and personal Qawwal of the great Sufi Saint Khwaja Ghulam Farid.

The Embassy of Pakistan in Cairo has expressed its deep appreciation for the Egyptian Ministry of Culture and the Festival organizers, as well as the Orascom Telecom for their cooperation and collaboration to arrange the visit of the Pakistani troupe.

For more information, contact:
Haji Ahmed Malik
Principal Information Officer
Press Information Department (PID)
Tel: +9251 925 2323 and +9251 925 2324
Fax: +9251 925 2325 and +9251 925 2326


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