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Gift of the Indus: The Arts and Culture of Pakistan

introduces teenagers to the music, theater, dance, and visual arts of Pakistan. See video clips of calligraphers, dancers, and other artists. Hear sitars, tablas, and "qawwali" -- the mystical songs of Sufi poets. Use the arts to discover and better understand the traditions and peoples of the nation created in 1947 as a homeland for Muslims of the Indian subcontinent. (The Kennedy Center, Department of Education)

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Interesting Fact:

The Indus River is one of Pakistan's defining features, running through the mountain peaks of the north, across vast plains, and eventually to the port city of Karachi on the Arabian Sea, dividing Pakistan almost in half with its north-to-south path.
Calligraphy grew in part because of religious restrictions on representational art and Muslim's love of arabesque, the flowing repetition of multiplying and interlaced patterns, which represents the


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