Pakistani Culture Shines Bright At Mehfil

Penn State’s Pakistani Students Association held their Mehfil yesterday¬†evening at 7:30 p.m. in Heritage Hall. The evening was filled with wonderful people, beautiful clothing, and some really great music.

To start the evening, the highlight, the live Qawwali music was explained to those in attendance. A qawwali is a style of Sufi devotional music, which is really popular in South Asia. A video was played that was filed in South Asia, where the videographer spoke with various South Asian people about Sufi and Qawwali music and featured different scenes of them playing.

The musicians – Mohammad Dawood, Munir Ahmad, Sabir Hussian, and Manvendra Singh, played a few traditional Qawwali songs and then opened the floor for suggestions from the crowd and encouraged those watching to dance and throw money to the performers.

After the music was played, the food was served. The delicious dishes were catered by Lahori Kabab and Grill Resturant and featured buffet-style Pakistani dishes – Biryiani along with samosas and Gajerela.

There were booths at the event,one, Libaas-e-Almas from Dunmore, PA, which sold traditional jewelry and headpieces for purchase. The other showcased the Pakistani Students Association and what they do here at Penn State.