Maryam Shakeel

Liberal Arts Alumna Explores the Rich Heritage of Attan Dance in DAWN Article

Maryam Shakeel, an alumna of Seeta Majeed School of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences (SLASS) at Beaconhouse National University (BNU), delved into the cultural significance and evolution of the Attan dance in her recent article titled "A journey across borders and continents — the evolution and persistence of the Attan dance," published in DAWN's edition on March 14, 2024.

The Attan dance, originating from the mountains of Afghanistan and tracing its roots back to pre-Islamic times, remains a vibrant and integral part of Pakhtun culture. Maryam's article sheds light on the enduring legacy of this dance form, which continues to captivate audiences with its rhythmic movements and cultural resonance.

In her insightful piece, Maryam discusses how the Attan dance has transcended borders and continents, evolving over centuries while retaining its essence. She highlights its traditional accompaniment with instruments such as the dhol (drum), tabla, Robab, surnai flute, and Toola (wooden flute), which infuse the dance with a melodic and rhythmic energy.

The article not only celebrates the cultural heritage embodied in the Attan dance but also serves as a testament to Maryam Shakeel's deep-rooted connection to her cultural identity and her commitment to exploring and preserving its traditions.

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