Pakistan Week Colombo “Colours of a Culture” was formally inaugurated by the first Lady of Sri Lanka Madame Shiranthi Rajapaksha on the evening of 20th February 2011 at the Galadari Hotel. The High Commissioner of Pakistan Mrs. Seema Ilahi Baloch, managing Director of Pakistan International Airline Capt. Nadeem Khan Yousufzai and several high profile personalities attended the inaugural ceremony.
This week long festive celebration brings together the culmination of various aspects of the vibrant culture of Pakistan. The festival is featuring Mystical Sufi Music performance culinary testes of Pakistani food, trade stalls, fashion show and gahazal singing performance and much more to enthrall the Sri lankan audience.
Madame Rajapaksha visited the stalls which contained the traditional Pakistani handicrafts, dresses, Jewellary and many other traditional items. She took keen interest in the traditional Pakistani products and appreciated the craftsmanship and skills which were reflective in the displayed Pakistani products.
The ancient and mystifying, history of Pakistan depicts a rich diversity, which is greatly reflective in its people and culture. Thus, these influences are greatly reflective in its cuisine which is a refined blend of various regional cooking traditions of the Subcontinent.
Combining these rich flavours, “Pakistani food festival” is the highlight of Pakistan Week Colombo from the 20th – 26th February 2011. With authentic ingredients sourced directly from Lahore, the festival presenting a richer, fuller mouth feel of exotic flavours prepared directly by master Chefs of Avari Hotel Pakistan, flown in especially for the festival.
As a part of Pakistan Week Colombo daily Gazal performances at the trade stalls showcasing various handicraft will promise everything from beauty, dignity and style. The items at the display reflect hereditary skills and intricate craftsmanship. Thus, the ambiance is set for a rich evening of “experiencing Pakistan” in all its splendour.
The grand finale of Pakistan Week Colombo is the fashion show by Talat Hafeez Khan a renowned Pakistani fashion designer. She is well known to blend the traditional with the more chick and extravagant modern day Pakistan in her clothing. “Tania’s Collection” that will be showcased on the 25th of February, sees a clear fusion of modernity and tradition brought together in creating that perfect attire for the unpretentious side of every woman.
Pakistan Week Colombo seeks to reach out its splendour to all communities and exhorts to savour the exquisiteness of culture, food and tradition brou