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Lahore gets a Rajasthani treat

People of Lahore were enthralled by music and dance performances by Rajasthani folk artistes, organised by an Indian NGO.

india Updated: Nov 16, 2006 18:21 IST

The people of Lahore were enthralled by music and dance performances by Rajasthani folk artistes, organised by an India-based NGO.

The cultural extravaganza titled Rajasthani Romance was presented on Tuesday by Routes 2 Roots, an NGO associated with the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).

"We are working in SAARC countries hoping to end rivalries and encourage respect for each other," Amita Gupta, president of the NGO, was quoted as saying by the local media.

The organisation operates in SAARC countries to encourage people-to-people contacts and spread awareness about the cultures of other countries in the region.

It chose to bring Rajasthani performers to Pakistan because their culture was similar to the cultures of both Punjab and Sindh.

The 24 folk artistes performed several dances including the fire dance, Teratali dance of the Kamada tribe—an ancient clan of snake dancers—and the Ghoomar dance.

They also played traditional folk instruments called the Morchang and Algoza.

Gupta said their tour was dedicated to the ongoing deal between Pakistan and India to resume the railway line between Khokhropar in Pakistan's Sindh province and Munabao in Rajasthan.

She also urged Pakistan and India to soften their visa policies to enable people from both countries to meet more freely.