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The Sub Cultures Of Sindh Essay

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The Subcultures of Sindh
Neelam Shahbaz

Asif Humayun Qureshi

18th April,2015
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The Culture of Sindh has its roots in the Indus Valley Civilization (e.g Moenjodaro, Harappa). Sindh has been shaped by the geography of the largely desert region, the natural resources it had available and the continuous foreign influences.
The Indus or Sindhu River that passes through the land, and the Arabian Sea (that defines its borders) also supported the oceangoing traditions among the local people. The local climate also reflects why the Sindhis have the language, folklore, traditions, customs and lifestyle that are so different from the neighbouring region. Within Pakistan, Sindhis have historically maintained contact and settlement connections with the Balochistan region and areas constituting South Punjab. Today, there are many clans in these regions which claim Sindhi heritage; one notable example in southern Punjab is the Mahar tribe. Sindhis who have mixed Balochi origins are known as the Sindhi Baloch.


Sindhi culture is the fusion of various cultures. Sindh is ruled by various dynasties such as the Arabs. Mughals also ruled on major part of the sub continent, then Arghuns came and ruled. Soomras and Kalhoras are also in the list of the rulers. Therefore, the people of Sindh after Independence on August 14, 1947 developed their own exclusive artistic culture and traditions. The Sindhi sub-culture includes different things including its language, food, clothing, architecture, buildings, arts ,crafts, literature,music etc.
Sindhi is an ancient language, over seventy percent of the Sindhi words are Sanskrit. The fact that Sindhi is mostly written in the Arabic script, gives some people the impression that it is a Persio-Arabic tongue. Sindhi is a very sweet and melodious language. Since every word in Sindhi ends in a vowel, the sound is very musical. It is the language of Saints of ancient Sindh. It has been the inspiration for Sindhi art, music, literature, culture and the way of life. Many great poets and literatis have been profoundly inspired by the beauty of Sindhi language.
Sindhi cuisine refers to the native cuisine of the Sindhi people from Sindh, Pakistan. The daily food in most Sindhi households consists of wheat-based flat-bread (phulka) and rice accompanied by two dishes, one gravy and one dry.

Pallo Machli Sindhi Biryani
Today, Sindhi food is eaten in many countries including India, where a sizeable number of Hindu Sindhis migrated following the independence in 1947. Beh (simply means 'Lotus root' in English). A high quality lotus root is grown in the North of Sindh which is then cooked in clay-pot using various spices, which then results in an excellent delicacy that is famous all over Pakistan.Other dishes include Sai bhaji chawal, Pallo Machi ,Sindhi Briyani, Sindhi Curry etc. Sindhi drinks include Thadal (famous...

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