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Sindhi Culture Day

By Geeta Mehrotra
January 2019
Sindhi Culture Day

 

(Left) Sindhi baby in topi and ajrak!

On a cold rainy day, December 1, 2018, the Sindhi Community of Georgia organized Sindhi Culture Day and Sindhi Topi Day at Asma’s Cuisine banquet hall in Duluth.

The first such event was held on December 6, 2009, after Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari was criticized by anchorman Dr. Shahid Masood for wearing a Sindhi cap on his foreign tour. Journalist and news anchor Ali Kazi then urged Sindhis to unite to demonstrate the peaceful Sindhi identity and culture and wear the Sindhi topi (cap) and ajrak (block-printed shawl). Now Sindhis around the world celebrate by observing the first Sunday of December as Sindhi Culture Day with rallies, speeches, and tableaus, and especially with music, dance, and drama.

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(Right) Traditional Sindhi handicrafts (Photo: Geeta Mehrotra)

Emcee Shahneela Memon welcomed members from Georgia, Alabama, Florida, and Tennessee and shared a brief history of the Atlanta chapter. All enjoyed Sindhi music, dance, fashion, and food. Beautiful poetry was shared in the Sindhi language. Artwork was beautifully displayed on the wall and around the performance stage. Sindhis wore authentic clothes and jewelry.

Video messages were shared, sent from Sindh, Pakistan, encouraging Sindhi language, history, and literature. A slide show of famous Sindhis was shown.

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(​Below) Chief guest Irshad Abbassi, VP Women of Sindhi Association of North America. (Photo: Geeta Mehrotra)

Chief guest of the evening was Irshad Abbassi, Vice-President (Women) of Sindhi Association of North America (SANA). A courageous lady who shared how she has only seen struggles in Sindh, she emphasized the need to unite to help improve conditions there. She encouraged everyone to do as much as possible to save the language by reading, writing and speaking at home—language is the recipe of the culture, she emphasized. It was suggested to start a Sindhi Academy to teach the diaspora about Sindhi heritage and current conditions.

Dinner was served with entertainment, and gifts were given to everyone to encourage the value of hospitality.

Website Bonus Feature

Videos:
1) “Sindhi Cultural Day Atlanta”
By Adnan Ali
Published on Dec 6, 2018
https://youtu.be/RgLU48RgjZo

2) “Video from Sindhi Topi and Ajrak Day 2018, Atlanta GA, Date: December 1, 2018”
Location: Asma's Cuisine, Duluth, Georgia.
By Manoj Chandrasekaran
Uploaded on Dec 4, 2018
https://youtu.be/dOXn8K9C_Jw
Song: Sindh Amar
Artist: Ahmed Mughal
Album: Masoom Chahat 2005 - 2006
Licensed to YouTube by The Orchard Music (on behalf of Thar Production), and 1 Music Rights Societies

Song: Sindhi Mahnu Padro Lakan Mai
Artist: Abida Parveen
Album: Arey Logo Tumhara Kya
Licensed to YouTube by The Orchard Music (on behalf of A.A Production)

3) By Sha Nila (Shahneela Memon), talking to boys wearing Sindhi Topis
https://www.facebook.com/shahneela.memon/videos/10156808136336963/?__tn__=,dK-R-R&eid=ARAExkTdSQCV9YS2xE1B8v3hH20DNidDBAwWOJHRS5NAS33aNpy7kSHBUXWoTbPNFomCvF4ZfHdKedGi&fref=mentions

4) By Sha Nila (Shahneela Memon), with man in Sindhi Topi and Ajrak
https://www.facebook.com/shahneela.memon/videos/10156808135761963/?__tn__=,dK-R-R&eid=ARAExkTdSQCV9YS2xE1B8v3hH20DNidDBAwWOJHRS5NAS33aNpy7kSHBUXWoTbPNFomCvF4ZfHdKedGi&fref=mentions

5) “Mr Addleton speaks at Sindhi Topi Day Atlanta, Ga, December 5, 2010”
By GhulamMustafaJarwar
Published on Dec 19, 2010
Mr. Hubert F. Addleton, author of SINDHI- An introductory course for English speakers, speaks at Sindhi Topi/Ekta Day in Atlanta, GA USA.
https://youtu.be/AVatfl3id1s

6) “SANA Election Episode 12: Irshad Abbasi For Vice President (Women)”
PBC TV Network
Published on Nov 18, 2016
https://youtu.be/41_1wLuKFKU


 

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