Embassy of Pakistan organized Mango Festival
Continuing the celebration of 70th Independence Day of Pakistan, the Embassy of Pakistan organized a ‘Qawwali Concert and Mango Festival’ on 16th August 2017 at Steigenberger Hotel, Berlin. Famous Pakistani Qawwal Asif Ali Santu Khan & Brothers were specially invited for their performance. Mr. Walter J. Lindner, German State Secretary, who has great appreciation for arts and music, was the chief guest at the occasion. He was accompanied by Ms. Ina Ruth Luise Lepel, Director General (Asia-Pacific) and former Ambassador of Germany to Pakistan and a clutch of senior officials from various German Ministries. The event was attended by more than 300 people including German parliamentarians Ambassadors, Defence Attaches, CEOs/businessmen, university students, Pakistani community and Pakistani and German media persons. In his welcoming remarks, Ambassador Jauhar Saleem welcomed the chief guests and audience and talked about the flourishing art industry in Pakistan. The Ambassador also paid the rich tributes to recently deceased Dr. Ruth Pfau for her lifelong services for the leprosy patients in Pakistan. He mentioned that Dr. Pfau was called the ‘Mother Teresa’ of Pakistan and the whole nation is indebted for her great services to humanity. He added that as a token of her great work, she was decorated with all the major civilian medals by the Government of Pakistan and a state funeral has also been organized on 19th August 2017. Santu Khan & Brothers presented Sufiana Kalam and Qawwali songs, which casted a spell on the audience. With their heart touching performance they mesmerized the audience. A spiritual ambiance was created by the Sufi songs casting ‘wajd’ on many audiences. Later the Ambassador spoke to the Pakistani and local media and highlighted Pakistan’s diverse and rich cultural heritage. Talking to media, Mr. Lindner praised the Qawwali performance and expressed his keen interest in the Pakistani music. He shared that he was a big fan of great Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Another attraction at the event was showcasing of different varities of Pakistani mangoes which were much liked by the invitees. Brochures/ flyers and documentaries containing information about the mangoes and cultural heritage of Pakistan were also presented. At the end the participants were served with fresh Mango drinks, mango curries and mango based desserts.

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