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Children's Hour of Humnawa
Prof. Nasreen Waheed
General Secretary Hamnava Ladies Club Riyadh.

 
Between the dark and the daylight,
When the night is beginning to lower,
Comes a pause in the day's occupations
That is known as the Children's Hour.
I hear in the chamber above me,
The patter of little feet,
The sound of a door that is opened,
And voices soft and sweet.

Dear Readers
Welcome to the Children's Hour of Humnava. Humnava is a Pakistani Ladies group having almost 200 members. Basically a cultural and charity organization, it holds its meetings once every month. Mrs. Khalid
Mahmood, the wife of the Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Pakistan is its patron.
Pakistan Day is always celebrated with great fanfare. All member of the club commemorate it every year, but unlike the past, this year was a special occasion. This year the committee members decided to let children participate. Yes, Children - the dawn of our future, builders of a New World, the torchbearers of mankind.
On Thursday 18th March 1999, the usually quiet King Faisal Recreation Hall resembled on Eid Mela.
Scores of children thronged the area. Children were the performers, children were the guests.
The celebrations started with recitation from Holy Qura'an. A tableau 'Sunny ki Kahani' followed. Then much appreciated patriotic poem written by Rehana Zameer was recited by her daughter Sana Zameer.
No sooner had this got over than a remix of popular wedding song "Ara Pajama, Resham ka Kamar bund" was played. A Procession of children led by Warda Sumroo entered swinging on its tune. It was just fabulous with all those present bursting out into a merry jug. The mothers went berserk on seeing their daughters dressed up in colorful Pakistani outfits. The kids too shared their mother's sentiments and rejoiced with great fervor. Mahreen Butt, Mahleena Chaudhry, Sana Khan, Warda Sumroo and Nida Butt were at their best. Shafaq Sumroo won great applause as she played 'Dil Dil Pakistan' on the synthesizer.
A group folk dance was performed on 'Mera Eman Pakistan'. Children entertained the crowd dressed and dancing as Punjabis, Pathans, Sindhis and Baluchis. Why, there were even Maryam Iqbal and Saadia Aslam disguised as Quaid-e-Azam and Fatima Jinnah. Towards the end the little girls enthralled audience as they rocked to the famous "Come on Barbie, let's go to party' to commemorate the 40th birthday of Barbie dolls. The otherwise naive kids like Amal Laeeq, Sidra Sallahuddin, Sana Khan, and Nida Butt beamed flashing their mega-watt smiles. They were totally at ease outside the restricting confines of their homes. Sameera Sumroo, Amina Khalid, Anam Paracha, Seemi Jameel hosted a quiz dressed and jesting as clowns. Every child who answered correctly was treated with sweets. In the end the chief guest, Mrs. Uzma Haroon, Head of Chancery's wife presented gifts to all the participants.As most of the children here study in Non-Pakistani schools, it was the first time for them to be the part of a Pakistani cultural show.

I sincerely hope there are more such occasions as they'll help save these 'Culturally Secluded' kids from a "Cultural Shock" when they proceed back home one day.

All Pictures were taken during Full dress rehearsal
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