[Culture] “The Roof of the World” Festival 2014 Displayed unique culture and music in Khorog, Tajikistan
Khorog, Tajikistan (Mountain Online): “The Roof of the World” Festival 2014 concluded in the Khorog City Park in Gorno-Badakhshan Tajikistan.
Talking to Mountains Online, the organizing committee member Samandar Pulodov said, “ We provide opportunity to all to celebrate, honour and preserve culturally diverse and disappearing music and dance forms along the borders of the Pamir and central Asian Mountains by engaging communities in their indigenous cultural and musical activities through regional exchange, performances, exhibitions and master classes.”
The festival aims at, to achieve worldwide appreciation and support for artists and amateur and professional actors and musicians. Improve lives of a number of individuals dedicated to their native cultures by exhibiting authentic cultural creativity, emanating from their immediate landscape and nature to international community.
Since its inception few years back, the organizers are of the view that the festival’s popularity is growing, an approximately 15000 or more audience with music from all over the Pamirs and surrounding regions of Central and South Asia including China, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and others attracted this year.
The event had featured different events on one small “electric” stage interspersed with other smaller daytime acoustic “unplugged” stages & workshops in different parts of the Khorog Central Park included Maddahkhoni, Doira-bazm, Lalaik, dargilik, dodoik, (in some places bulbulik), Falak, Ruboiyat (quatrains) and traditional dances included rapo, masked dances, horse dances, camel dance, setor dance, ghijack dance, eagle dances, fox dance, chicken dances, pantomime dances, daf dances, spoon dances, mughulbozi, funeral dances (poyamal, kash-sha) jag dances etc
Representing Pakistan and mountainous region of Gilgit-Baltistan, IPPAC CEO, the famous Wakhi singer and composer D.W. Baig led a team of artists and singers and presented melodious songs and traditional dance during the 3 days of festivity. He termed it a new beginning towards cultural exchange among diverse communities of the mountain people and source unity too.