Picture of the Day: Diwali Dandia in Karachi

Posted on October 30, 2006
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Adil Najam

Sometimes you put up a picture just because its a nice picture and it makes you feel good. This is one of those times.

This picture is from ‘Dandia Nite 2006′, organized this Sunday by the Hindu community in Karachi as part of the Diwali celebrations (from Dawn, 30 October, 2006).  Dandia or Dandiya is a traditional dance often performed at Hindu festivals and on religiously significant occasions.

Earlier post here. Subsequent post on Diwali Celebrations at the Pakistan Muslim League headquarters in Islamabad, here.

20 Comments on “Picture of the Day: Diwali Dandia in Karachi”

  1. Daktar says:
    October 30th, 2006 3:26 am

    It is a nice picture and the joy on the dancers faces is endearing. Glad to see some positive pictures and news showing up.

  2. mansoor says:
    October 30th, 2006 5:14 am

    cool!! :)

    i wanna go do dandia too! its so much fun!!

  3. October 30th, 2006 5:38 am

    we need to be proud of pakistani multicultural multi religious and multi ethenic identity, Hindu community and specially sindhi hindus have contributed a lot to welfare of Pakistan. first minority minister Goginder nath mandal, famous crickters Anil dalpat,danish kaneria, snooker champion navin parwani, international Designer Deepak perwani, International film maker satish anand and everready pictures, shabnum and music director roben gosh, first pakistani to swim across english channel(cannot remember the exact name) many famous judges in lower judiciary, adhoc chief justice of Pakistan Justice Bagwan Das, famous thakar of sind Rana chander singh, Human rights and political activist sobogyan chandani.
    Hindus are proud Pakistanis but some people have always doubted their loyalities to Pakistan

  4. Zainab L says:
    October 30th, 2006 5:24 pm

    I dunno ppl, I think sommat more modest cud hav dun the job

  5. YLH says:
    October 31st, 2006 5:46 am

    Diwali celebrated at PML House

    Staff Report

    ISLAMABAD: A colourful event was held at the Pakistan Muslim League (PML) House on Monday to celebrate Diwali.

    Members of the Hindu community from across the country participated in the event where they performed their religious rituals and traditional dances in candlelight to mark the event. Diwali is a rare event in Islamabad as there are only a few Hindus in Islamabad.

    A number of office bearers of the party and ministers, including PML Secretary General Mushahid Hussain Syed, Minister for Religious Affairs Ijaz-ul-Haq, State Minister for Information Tariq Azim, Minister for Minorities Affairs Mushtaq Victor and members of the National Assembly (MNAs) Bindara, Donia Aziz, Akram Masih Gill and others were present on the occasion. Officials of the Indian High Commission also participated in the event.

    Hussain said that Quaid-e-Azam had envisioned a Pakistan where all the religious minorities enjoyed equal rights. He underlined the importance of inter-faith harmony for the greater prosperity of the nation and announced that the PML would also celebrate the birthday of Baba Gurunanak next week. He said that the minorities played a vital role in building any nation. He said that the present government was allocating high importance to giving all minorities’ equal. Hindus are playing a leading role in country’s economic development and the present government will leave no stone unturned to ensure their safety and well being, he added.

    Haq said that the minorities in Pakistan were enjoying equal rights and that they were given equal status in all spheres of life.

    PML Minorities Wing President, Akram Masih Gill said that the Muslim League was a liberal, moderate and enlightened political party working for the betterment of country.


    ATP MODERATOR COMMENT:  Post based on this story added here. Thanks.

  6. Ameet K. Jajothan says:
    November 6th, 2006 4:28 am

    After the mega success of
    Navaratri Special “Garba Night 2004″
    held at YMCA Ground on the 09 of October 2004
    KSAS Events now present to you

    “GARBA NIGHT 2006″
    The City Sports Complex,
    Kashmir Road,Karachi
    the 25th of November 2006

    For more details kindly contact

    Mr. Raju F. Jajothan
    Marketing & Sales Coordinator
    KSAS Events
    phone: 92-21-6024520
    cell: 0345-6199489
    email: ksasevents@yahoo.com

  7. Amit says:
    November 6th, 2006 6:45 am

    This is awesome. I am form Mumbai, India and I would like to know if any can give me more details of Hindu civilisation in Pakistan and especially Karachi. THis is a positive picture of a fair Islamic State of Pakistan and it takes Islamic civilisation of Pakistan to its original days of per-independence culture when Hindus and Muslims lived together with religious unity and harmony.

    If some1 can give me more information on Karachi and Pakistan’s multi-religious culture, i will be glad and will love to visit Karachi.

    Amit Karle

  8. Ghalib says:
    November 12th, 2006 11:26 pm

    u can get the info from wikipedia and by chattin people from pakistan.its so ironic as im livin in usaworking with an indian team(ppl frm haryana,gujarat,andharapradesh mumbia)spent 24 years in pakistan tht wat a tolerant society it is.hindus in karachi and sind live in harmony no one is killed or what ever but the media thing acrooss the border think tht its terrible there but its not.come to karachi visit see the country trust me tell them ur from india they will open 2 doors instead of one nuthing like wat prevails in media.its human nature to love another religious factor along with u its not the a muslimtalk to a hindu after converting him its true.ill be visiting bombay calcata chandigarh dehli soon with open mind abt the reality tht we are 2 countries an can live like 2 brothers from a singe mother thts subcontinent!!

  9. pankaj khanna says:
    January 14th, 2007 5:27 am

    i m from sydney. i m happy by seeing this picture .i heard a lot abt pakistan that atrocities on minorities.but by seeing this picture .i realize pakistan minorities are happy and pakistan people gave the minorities equal rights to live. they are not living in fear.
    i wanna visit pakistan and i heard a lot bad abt pakistan in australia too.plz give me some information abt foreigner visit to pakistan.is it safe.
    keep in touch my friends.
    pankaj khanna

  10. AJIT TAMBE says:
    July 24th, 2007 5:22 am

    HMMMMMMM now my Atma b cam shant to see these picture of dancing hindu people in dandia night at karachi………All Pakistani Muslim People must have to know that so many Muslim in Mumbai & Maharashtra (1state of India)are enjoy Ganesh Festival ,Diwali,Holi, and they are also dancing Nine nights in dandia with us….

  11. franky says:
    August 17th, 2007 10:20 pm

    Can you please add pakistani famous peoples, politicians and celebrity their profile and autobiography and wikipedia, encyclopedia.
    Because I wanted to see mushahid hussain sayed,s autobiography but I could not.

  12. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    October 20th, 2007 6:17 pm

    Up till 64 Karachi had the Gujrati Hindu
    celeberating Dandia in a Gaoshalah adjacent
    to Ram Bagh. you have to train yourselves quite
    a lot because if you or she misses, then can have
    some blues on you face.

    I wish that Indian Govt. should also invite Muslim
    dignitries in PM or President Houses, and make it
    as a national event, and recognize the religious
    aspect of Eids, Mauloods, Shab-e-Qadr, shab-Mairaj
    and Ramadan, India has to re-establish the Urdu
    Language on public sign boards, which was
    banished in 60 by Nehru, Kashmir should be freed
    Hyderabad’s admins should be givenback to muslims
    Junagarh and manawader the same.

    You clap with two hands.!

  13. kunal says:
    November 4th, 2007 5:04 pm

    hi my name is kunal. i am from mumbai,india.
    I would like to know if any can give me more details of Hindu civilisation in Pakistan and especially Karachi. THis is a positive picture of a fair Islamic State of Pakistan and it takes Islamic civilisation of Pakistan to its original days of per-independence culture when Hindus and Muslims lived together with religious unity and harmony.
    if any one can send me photos of karachi, pakistani culture,
    hindu festivals in pakistan on my given mail address.
    i would like to come to pakistan and see how it was before partition. specially i want to see lahore and karachi.
    i have heard that karachi is like mumbai. plz mail me at skunal47@gmail.com

  14. sanjai singh says:
    November 13th, 2007 2:13 pm

    Hey great to know that hidus can celebrate their festvals with peace . My pakistani brothers request to you people please take care of your pakistani hindu brothers.

  15. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    November 13th, 2007 5:43 pm


    Pakistanis would also like to see their Muslim
    bretherens in India to enjoy the same harmony,
    we should respect each other’s contributions towards
    the sub-conti as good and intelligent neighours as
    both Muslim and Hindu civilisations are found in the
    anals of history side by side, without arrogance, and
    useless bickerings.

    @Sanjai Singh

    Please look after the millions of Indian muslims
    who should have all the rights assured in your

  16. Kelash Kolhi, Badin says:
    December 13th, 2007 5:33 am

    very nice pic on the occasion of Diwali. Hindus of Pakistan celebrate this day with pop and show specialy in Sindh. The Hindus celebrate dandia Ras, Laxmi Pooja etc. and the other functions Diwali Function at Karachi by Pakistan Hindu Counci.

  17. Sabyasachi Majumdar says:
    December 13th, 2007 7:19 am

    Mr. Kashmiri,

    (Kashmir should be freed Hyderabad

  18. March 18th, 2008 1:13 pm

    That’s great Dandia Nite , We hope it may possible to see these type of pictures again about occasion of Diwali! I also want to see with you some people pictures ( if it’s not here on web then just imagine it ) those are in villages and have not money and cloths for these type occasions of Diwali. Just they need food and shelter for their lives. Specially Parkari Kolhi people in Sindh Pakistan.

  19. Anand says:
    October 17th, 2009 10:43 am

    I am so surprised at the way the Hindu festival is celebrated in
    Pakistan, it is an eye opener, I am in the US and have had a couple of Pakistani friends i was even invited to Pakistan by one of them for his sisters marriage, but was not sure, now i rue a missed opportunity to visit a fine country.

  20. Watan Aziz says:
    October 29th, 2010 11:11 pm

    And this year, the Diwali is on the 5th of November.

    So, happy early Diwali to our Pakistani Hindu brothers and sisters in particular, and to all, in good wishes where ever they are.

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