Though we're not sure how we feel about some of the language used to describe the Kalash people, we feel this article shares some great information about and photos of Kalash culture and traditions. The Kalash live primarily in what is now Pakistan and Eastern Afghanistan, though now you might find people of Kalash heritage spread across the globe courtesy of recent migration. The Kalash, who claim to be descendants of Alexander the Great's invading soldiers, have lived in is
This story features Bucknell University's Students for Asian Awareness group's 10th annual Asian Gala, which this year featured Afghan dances. The annual Asian Gala was held on March 25 in Larison Dining Hall to celebrate Asian culture and heritage with food, dance, song, fashion, and community. The gala was hosted by Students for Asian Awareness at Bucknell (SAAB) and marked its 10th anniversary this spring. “Asian Gala is a place for Bucknell’s various Asian cultural organi
We felt it important to include this article to highlight some of the challenges and complex situations that exist surrounding dance. This article specifically addresses the experience of what it's like to be an Afghan transgender dancer in Pakistan facing deportation and severe economic, social, and political hardship. PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN – You cannot talk to Gulalai in the language of her adopted country. Despite living in Pakistan for the past 17 years, she has been unable
Photo by Our Journey to Smile. This story, published by Our Journey to Smile (OJS), talks about some of the important psychological and healing roles that dance can play in our lives. Thank you to OJS for sharing this story. This was not a typical festive ‘first world’ outing, as its need and idea arose not from leisure, but from trauma. Recently, Hadisa was broken after an ‘endless’ night of crouching nervously in the dark of her University dormitory, while bomb blasts and g
Hanna Hussain, organizer of Earley St. Peter's School Association cultural showcase in Sol Joel Park. Photo by Reading Chronicle. Families enjoyed a taste of South Asia during a special fundraising event last week. The Earley St Peter’s School Association organised the cultural showcase in Sol Joel Park with the help of South Asian community groups. Hanna Hussain organised the event which helped explore Bangladeshi, Nepalese, Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan and Afghan culture.
Last Thursday (July 7, 2016) I had the chance to dance with a group of incredible women at Melissa Network's space close to Victoria Square in Athens, Greece. Melissa Network is a network of migrant women in Greece dedicated to promoting empowerment, communication and active citizenship. Their space at Victoria Square opened during the summer of last year, providing a safe gathering space for migrant women of all ethnicities and nationalities. A few weeks ago, I corresponded
World sing-off starts as "Choir Olympics" opens in Sochi. Photo by Reuters. With the World Choir Games beginning in Sochi, Russia yesterday featuring choirs from all over the world including Noor-e Omid choir from Afghanistan, the opening ceremony saw participants celebrating with dance and song. With the ringing of a huge bell the ninth edition of the biennial World Choir Games were opened in the southern Black Sea resort of Sochi this past week. Known as "the Olympics of ch
Photo by Fazal Khaliq & Express Tribune. CHITRAL: Chilam Joshi, a four-day festival, will kick off on Wednesday (today) in Kalash Valley, some 27 kilometres from Chitral. The festival commemorates the arrival of summer and celebrates the abundance of dairy products during the season... ...Got Milk On the first day of the festival, they will decorate their houses with flowers. The following day they will distribute milk among friends and loved ones and participate in the ritua