Indonesian Troupe’s mesmerizing performances at Pakistani universities promote cultural exchange

In a spectacular showcase of Indonesian heritage and traditions, the Indonesian cultural troupe from West Sumatra Province concluded its Pakistan tour with dazzling performances at prestigious institutions, The National University of Modern Languages (NUML) and Iqra University.

The enchanting display of Indonesian heritage and traditions marked a significant step in the Indonesian Embassy’s mission to foster deeper cultural connections between the people of Indonesia and Pakistan.

Comprising seven talented performers, the Cultural Troupe wowed audiences with their mesmerizing traditional dances, providing a glimpse into the unique culture of the only matriarchal community in Indonesia.

What made these performances truly special were the seamless fusion of martial arts’ strength and grace in their movements, accompanied by the enchanting melodies of traditional musical instruments and flutes. Adding to the cultural exchange, a gifted Pakistani dancer, recipient of the 2023 Indonesian Arts and Culture Scholarship (BSBI), also joined the troupe in their enthralling performance.

Indonesia culture performance in Pakistan
Indonesian Cultural Troupe from West Sumatra Province performing at National University of Modern Languages (NUML) in Islamabad on October 25, 2023. (Image Credit: Indonesian Embassy)

Speaking at the event, Prof. Dr. Jamil Asgor Jammi, the Dean of Languages at NUML, expressed his delight, saying that they warmly welcome the cultural performance at NUML. “It reminds me of the connected similarities found in the poetry of famous poets from both countries, Allama Muhammad Iqbal from Pakistan and Chairil Anwar from Indonesia” he said.

The sentiment was echoed the following day at Iqra University, where Dr. Jasim Tariq, an Assistant Professor in the Business Administration Department, shared his thoughts, “Through this performance, we have come to realize that our positive impressions of Indonesia are not solely limited to visitors and pilgrims. This performance is remarkably elegant, with the dancers’ modest attire and graceful movements leaving a lasting impression.”

Cultural troupe represents small part of huge diversity of Indonesian: Ambassador

Indonesian Ambassador Adam Tugio highlighted the vast diversity of Indonesia, an archipelago with hundreds of tribes, local languages, and 38 distinct provinces, each with its own uniqueness. “The Syofyani Dancing Group was only one small part of huge diversity of Indonesian” he said.

He encouraged Pakistani students to explore the fully funded scholarships offered by the Indonesian Government, allowing them to immerse themselves in the Archipelago’s unique culture and witness the cultural amalgamation reflected in customs and cuisines. Ambassador Tugio proudly noted that Pakistani students are the largest recipients of educational scholarships from the Indonesian Government, emphasizing the striking similarities between various words in Urdu and Indonesian.

Brig. Shehzad Munir, Director General of NUML, and Engr. Khizer Zaki, Director for Student Affairs at Iqra University, expressed their admiration for the captivating Indonesian cultural dance. They also extended their gratitude to the Indonesian Embassy for its proactive efforts and conveyed their interest in furthering academic cooperation, including student exchanges across various fields.

The performances held at universities like NUML and Iqra University exemplify the crucial role that educational institutions play in strengthening the people-to-people relations between Indonesia and Pakistan. In addition to the rich display of Indonesian cultural arts, the Indonesian Embassy in Islamabad has organized an Online Internship Program (OIP) designed to introduce modern Indonesia to the public through a series of insightful lectures by experts from Indonesian universities and think tanks.

Sayyar Gul
Sayyar Gul is doing his MS Computational Sciences & Engineering from National University of Science and Technology. He is technology enthusiast with keen interest in new technological developments from around the world.

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