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South Waziristan people keeping tradition of Atten alive

South Waziristan people keeping tradition of Atten alive
April 18, 2017

WANA, 18 April: The people of South Waziristan Agency have kept alive the tradition of local dance Atten despite difficult circumstances.

Dhol (music) and Atten dance are considered part of the Pakhtun traditions since centuries. Pakhtuns carried their cultural norms wherever they went. The Dhol and Atten of South Waziristan have a unique position in the Pakhtun culture. The traditional music and dance programmes are being organised on the occasion of marriages, Eid and also at the time of Lashkar Kashi – launching of an armed campaign. People of all ages participate in the Atten and enjoy it.

A local resident told TNN that Dhol and Atten are part of Pakhtun culture.

“We not only use traditional music and dance on it on the occasion of marriages, but we also rejoice when a conflict between two rival parties is resolved,” he said.

The people of South Waziristan faced hard times during displacement from their native areas due to military operations. However, they kept their traditions alive and they are still actively arranging in Atten programmes.

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