For the third year in a row, the U.S. Consulate General in Karachi marked Sindh Cultural Day with a musical performance and reception at the Consul General’s Residence. Consul General Brian Heath welcomed Sindhi media contacts and dignitaries to acknowledge and celebrate “the rich and profound heritage of the Sindhi people.”
During the event, Zufiqar Faqir led musicians on the borendo and flute in performing several Sindhi folk-music favorites. “We are delighted to commemorate Sindh Cultural Day,” said Mr. Heath. “Like Pakistan, the United States is a diverse nation. We recognize and celebrate the unique cultures that enrich our society and, today, we salute the cultural achievements of the Sindhi people.”
Since ancient Mohenjodaro, said Mr. Heath, Sindh has been “a land of mystics, Sufis, poets and saints.” On behalf of the U.S. government and its people, Mr. Heath wished prosperity and peace to the 60 million Sindhi speakers both in Pakistan and around the world. Since 2009, Sindhi-speaking people in Pakistan and around the world have celebrated Sindh Cultural Day on the first Sunday of December. The event was moved back one week this year due to local elections in Karachi.
Earlier this year, U.S. Consulate General Karachi launched the first-ever Sindhi-language version of its official website. Moreover, the Consulate posts regularly in Sindhi on both its Facebook and Twitter accounts.