Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic Communities Council Afghan Dance Group members Setarah Qasimi, Rezwana Sultani, and Sahar Bunyadi, all 12. Photo by Louise Donges. SUNRAYSIA youth got a chance to see what services Mildura has to offer yesterday at Henderson Park. A total of 19 youth services were on display at the first For Youth by Youth Expo organised by Mildura Rural City Council’s Youth Action Committee. Stalls on the day included Donate Life, SuniTafe, La Trobe University, the Na
Photo by Anadolu Agency. This article describes Attan dance and Chob Jangi dance (likely referring to Chopbazi dance) taking place in the city of Kabul in celebration of Afghanistan's 98th Independence Day anniversary on August 19, 2017. KABUL, Afghanistan - Thousands of young Afghan men, wearing traditional dresses and holding the tri-color national flag, flocked at a park in the capital Kabul to mark the country’s 98th Independence Day anniversary Saturday. A rare wave of j
Afghan Student Union flag at the University of Utah. Photo by Mckenzie Alder. On Wednesday, March 22, the Afghan Student Union (ASU) at the University of Utah hosted its second annual Nowruz celebration. Nowruz recognizes the Persian New Year every March on the vernal equinox. Nowruz has been observed for nearly 3,000 years and is an official holiday in 13 countries, including Afghanistan. The festivities began at 6 p.m. with music, food and dancing. Approximately 250 people
THE STORY Attan is nationally seen and Qarsak is now also now seen as national. Of course, there are these ultra-nationalists who have not to do with Qarsak because they only want to dance Attan. So in Afghanistan, there are over 48 ethnic groups and over 200 languages, and also Hazaras speak Hazaragi, as Tajiki ... but there are also regions, or Hazara in the north who speak Pashto completely ... the stems are totally mixed . The Baluchis in the north speak Dari but with a P
As the world experiences a particularly intense period of political, economic, and social change with the rapid movement of people and ideas, there are of course a lot of questions about our identities that many (if not all) of us are looking for answers to. For example, what does increased diversity of all kinds, brought with waves of migration over the last several decades, mean for personal and societal cultural identity? How do we reconcile old traditions with emerging tr
The pursuit of a passion for dance is fraught with risk to lives and livelihood for Afghan dancers, writes Madhavi Puranam. Nooriya Habibi and Obaid Zazai and a team of Attan dancers from Afghanistan are in Hyderabad for the first International Dance Festival mounted by the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) with Prasar Bharati, Telangana government and Doordarshan as the organising partners. As they enthusiastically shared about the Afghan culture, you wonder what culture
This article is a photoessay of different dances practiced by Afghan community members in Afghanistan. All photos cited in this article published by WION News are by Associated Foreign Press. Be sure to visit the full article to see all photos featured. Photo by Associated Foreign Press. Afghan dancers perform a traditional dance 'Attan' at the Kabul Stadium during the start of a football tournament. Photo by Associated Foreign Press. Afghan Sikh men perform their traditional
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.
THE STORY Afghans, the only thing that would be like deep rooted in our culture is something like the attan, that men used to do before they go to war. We have something called the attan milli, which is the real traditional attan that actually men dance to not women. But women learn it now. So it's different, it's complicated, you have to learn the beats of the drums, know how to dance to it. So regular attan that you do at like a wedding, it's just simple. They'll come they'
THE STORY Here outside Afghanistan at weddings, I haven't noticed great differences between Attans. But in Afghanistan it is different because they have many different kinds of Attan. Every tribe has a different variety. If the Attan is mixed with both men and women, only men and women related to each other would dance with each other. I don't really dance, but I like to watch. If you do not dance, you are more the listener than the speaker. When I watch Attan, I understand s