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Stop dancing at your rallies: Sheema Kirmani snubs PTI for stance against art form

October 15, 2016
Stop dancing at your rallies: Sheema Kirmani snubs PTI for stance against art form


KARACHI: From music to dance and everything in between, rallies organized by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) have it all. Sheema Kirmani, renowned for her classical dancing skills and social activism, said any events of PTI, whether it is a rally or a sit-in demonstration, are incomplete without them.

Kirmani was speaking at a press conference held at Karachi Press Club Friday.

The conference was called to “protest” the proposal put forth by Sindh MPA Khurram Sher Zaman to the Sindh Education minister on September 26, where he said dance should not be taught at schools as it is “against Islamic principles and teachings”.

“PTI’s dharna would amount to nothing without these colorful jamborees,” Kirmani said, calling out Zaman’s hypocrisy.


The artist explained how dancing is a medium to express oneself. “Not only that, complex choreography also boosts self-confidence,” she added.

“Dancing is an art that has been in practice for centuries. Every society and every culture has practiced some form of dance,” Ms Kirmani said.

It is a kind of movement that has many forms and is deeply embedded in the Pakistani culture, folk and urban both, the artiste added.

“We should come out of Zia-ul-Haq’s era when dance was actually banned in Pakistan; when we couldn’t call dance “dance” but had to play on semantics and call it “creative movement”, Ms Kirmani told the participants .

“Even a Jamaat-e-Islami member hasn’t spoken against this art form,” she said, further expressing her disbelief in Zaman’s statement.

“PTI always had our vote of confidence but not anymore. Suppressing women and art goes totally against what I thought this party stood for,” Seemi Khan, another social activist, said.

The activists were of the opinion all dance forms should be protected, whether it is Bollywood or folk dances like Bhangra, Luddi etc.

“There is a difference between vulgarity and dancing. We ourselves have abandoned our cultural dance forms,” Khan added. “But banning dancing altogether is not a solution.” – SAMAA


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