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DOHA, April 9, (KUNA): Qatar’s Cultural Village Foundation, Katara, launched the art of Nahmah Prize on Saturday bringing together traditional singers from the Arab Gulf countries.
Katara is also organizing lectures alongside qualification rounds of Nahmah singers to educate public about “this art that accompanied our forefathers in their sea journeys, and fl ourishes during the fishing and pearl diving trips,” Dr Khaled Al-Sulaiti, Director General of the Cultural Village Foundation, said. Al-Sulaiti, in remarks at the launch of the Nahmah Prize, said Katara sought to preserve history of the forefathers “in yet another bid to revive our genuine heritage with its full details.” The first day of qualifications saw participation of Nahmah singers from Qatar, Oman, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. The competition categories include traditional singing types: Dawari, Al-Yamal, Al-Khatfa, Adsani, Haddadi and Mkholfi.
The first winner will get a 100,000 Qatari riyal reward, the second QR 70,000 and the third QR 50,000. One QR equals $0.274. The Nahmah signing used to be performed during trips of fishing or pearl diving. The Nahmah singer entertain the sailors during the harsh journeys. The singer, through the Nahmah, prayed to Allah to ease their pain and difficulties they face at sea