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The Nation

Like the people who make it, art in Pakistan draws on the rich diversity of provincial and traditional styles — the rhythmic folk music of the Punjab, the martial dances of the Pashtun, the elaborate geometry seen in buildings, carpets and textiles. But just as Pakistan is rapidly changing, so too is its art, with contemporary artists fusing unique traditional and western influences into modern forms.


Pakistani music extends from ancient provincial tunes and the devotional songs of Sufi mystics to the modern beat of techno.

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Centered in Lahore, theater and stage performance has grown and evolved since the creation of Pakistan.

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Rooted in the ethnic and classical tradition, dance can be seen on stages, in homes, and even at sporting events.

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Visual Arts

Ancient patterns and contemporary South Asian styles meet in the painting, sculpture and decorative arts.

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