Thursday, September 06, 2007

Images and sounds of Egypt

The 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Egypt and Nepal was celebrated with images and music of Egypt. A special photo exhibition by Egyptian photographers and a performance by the Egyptian dance troupe ‘Siwa’ was held at the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) Hall on September 4. Egyptian Ambassador, Abdelhamid Mahmoud Soleiman and Subash Niraula, Officiating CEO, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), Kathmandu, Nepal inaugurated the event.

The photographs showcased in the exhibition depict people from different parts of Egypt. Naglaa Samir, whose photographs are also exhibited at the event said, “I wanted to display the real Egypt so the subject of the photographs are real people from the middle and lower classes of the country.” She added that some of the photographs, including hers, were manipulated using different media to give it special effects.

In the second half of the program the audience got a taste of Egyptian music and dance. The performance of the troupe included dances performed during wedding celebrations and other traditional dances. One of the dancers presented a special piece, standing on a stick made up of wood of a palm tree. A member of the troupe said that such palm sticks were invented by their ancestors to walk during the floods. The troupe played traditional musical instruments like Tamborine and Dumbek.
Organised by the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt, the exhibition and dance performance will be held at the NTB hall till September 7.

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