A hat made in Afghanistan has become popular not only in the country but also across parts of Pakistan after it was worn at public rallies and protests by the leader of the Pashtun movement Manzoor Pashteen.
Today is the day of vulnerable class of the society. we(men) call them our honor. But have you ever asked yourself? How much you are true with your this argument? what you have done for them to justify your this statement “They are our honour”? Have you tried to uphill the living standard of your honour? Have you ever taken a single step for their independancy?
When the world was created there was no such thing as culture. People referred to other people as “humans”. They all shared the same society, lifestyle and civilization as a part of one race “humans”. But as the world progressed people realized the differences among themselves which marked the division of society as casts, creed, civilizations and cultures.
One of our famous, respected Swabi’s poet and analyst Sir Noor Ul Ameen Yousafzai said about the mentioned shawl that what is that dark red spot representing in the shawl (Chail) , so he said that when the brave people of Swabi (YOUSAFZAI) fought against the army of Sikh on the battlefield of Shahmansoor.
Pashtuns have always been misunderstood as the backward folks of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region which is entirely a baseless accusation. In earlier days, people- even foreigners- would visit the province, especially for its culture and customs to experience the art forms that were the sole remains of the Mughal dynasty. What they cherished and took great interest in is the dance form “ATTAN” that they found bizarre and exciting at the same time.
Attan was initially the popular dance form of Afghans which later on was adopted by the Pashtuns in Pakistan after Afghans’ migration. It slowly and gradually hyped and became a tradition for men to perform before going to specific missions. Later on, the dance was practiced on weddings, college, and universities on specific events.
From that time, Attan changed many forms as handed down the generations but the key instruments for its music never once changed. It has always been the double-headed barrel (Dhol), tabla, Rabab and the flute. Nowadays people perform Attan on multiple modern Pashto songs but the original Attan is still practiced in authentic Pashtun culture.
The significance or the signature step of the Attan is the “turns” that the dancers take while performing. Based on the turns and movements Attan has further given origin to Kabuli, Khattak and Wardaki attans.
Men and women perform 2 to five steps with each one ending with a clap in the center of the circle. The arms, legs, and wrists tilt and twist in a particular motion as signaled by the beat.
Khattak attan originated from Mughal rulers. This has swords and the typical turns and twists of the attan including a half spin and then a full spin the reversed direction.
The specialty of this attan is the colorful handkerchiefs in each of the dancer’s hand. The handkerchiefs are shown high above the head while taking twists and turns. No clapping is involved in this type.
So folks, whenever you get a chance to visit Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, make sure you experience this dance form because I guarantee you will love it at all costs. Mention your favorite song for Attan Dance; mine is Wa Grani Lailo by Humayun Khan 😉
The word Kuchi is derived from Persian word Kuch, which means journey. Its because the Kuchi people don’t have a specific place to live and they move from one place to other, season-wise. They use to live in cool places during summers and move to hot places while in last days of autumn to pass the winters.
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