The first Sindh Literature Festival (SLF) has invigorated the literary and cultural circle of Karachi with a new Zeal. Famous Sufi singer Abida Parveen inaugurated the festival by formally cutting the ribbon at Karachi’s historical Beach Luxury Hotel on Friday, 5th November; it will continue for three days. Organisers of the festival have announced proudly to conduct this festival every year.
The recital of Shah Abdul Latif’s verses from the Sur Hussaini by the Faqirs who perform every evening at the shrine of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai in Hala Haveli, Hyderabad, provided a solid start necessary for the exact nature of such literary festival.
Just like Karachi Literary Festival, Sindh Literature Festival intends to bring closer the people from the fields of literature, art and culture. The festival mainly aims at promoting the Sindhi literature and language that spans the centuries-old tradition of Indus Valley Civilization.
Although labelled as a festival of Sindh, it will broadly cover the works in other regional languages such as Sirakie, Punjabi, Urdu and even English. SLF has brought an entertainment package for the people of Sindh in general and Karachi in particular. The stalls of books, quilts, handicrafts, ajraks and musical concerts by the favourite singers and bands will serve as a weekend treat for visitors.
Well, the major portion of the festival will focus on discussions by literary heavyweights and intellectuals on the topics of language, art, literature, culture and history of Sindh.
The peace-friendly civilisation of Indus valley depicts in the beautiful verses of Shah-Abdul Latif Bhittai, It echoes in the melodious voices of Abida Parveen and Allen Faqeer; it manifests in the form of dhamma at the shrine of Lal Shehbaz Qalandar in Sehwan Sharif.
Despite such rich cultural and artistic history, the culture is given very little presence on behalf of the provincial patrons and organisations. Wijdan, the organisation that promotes culture, has organised this festival which is also a way to promote the cultural activities in country’s economic hub.