Islamabad - Popular regional and folk singers enthralled the audience of twin cities here Friday in a musical evening at Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) highlighting the essence of regional music belonging to various areas of the country.

Singers, including Abdul Rehman Kakar from Balochistan, Naeem Hazarvi from Hazara, Ihtisham Kamal from FATA, Dilraaj from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) and Samina Khalid from Punjab were among the performers.

A large number of people attended the show and appreciated the efforts of PNCA in promoting and projecting the folk culture of the country through healthy activities. “Folk artistes and musicians have a unique identity in cultural mainstream of the nation and these artistes from various parts of the country are promoted regularly through various programmes of PNCA including musical evenings, culture shows, exhibitions and travelling

shows,” said an official of PNCA.

Attiring traditional costumes of their particular region, folk musicians presented regional melodies to mesmerise the audience as well as highlight the value of rich cultural heritage of the country.

The event entitled “Sham-e-Moseeqi” was arranged in collaboration with Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage to promote the regional music inviting artists from KPK, Balochistan, FATA and Punjab.

The musical evening is part of regular activities of PNCA to preserve and promote the musical heritage of different areas of the country and give recognition to the folk artistes for their contribution in the field of singing, the official said.

The musical show entertained the audience with soothing melodies by the singers accompanied by instrumental music on various popular tunes. It also provided a platform of national level to the singers to show their skills through melodic performance for the fun lovers of twin cities.

The audience termed the show as an excellent opportunity to enjoy the melodies and traditional songs in a live concert by the established artistes while the show gave message of peace, love and harmony through combining expressions of the traditional musical heritage of the subcontinent. The remarkable performance compelled the audience to join melodious tones with dancing and singing.