Sindh Government Strives to Take Back from India “The Ancient Dancing Girl”

Dance isn’t taken as seriously as an art form in Pakistan as it is taken in India but that doesn’t justify the keeping of the dancing girl from Pakistan in India. Sindh Government has augmented its efforts in order to take the artifact of a dancing girl from Moenjodaro from India. The dancing girl artifact was left in India when the sub-continent was divided into Pakistan and India.

There are two artifacts that gained the highest level of fame from Moenjodaro's digging; A Dancing Girl and the King Priest. Sir Mortimer Wheeler, who was an archaeologist from Britain, took the two relics from their place of unearthing to Delhi to present them in front of the public in an exhibition. Another important artifact among these was the fasting Buddha. These relics were transported in 1946 and only after one year Pakistan came into being but the artifacts couldn’t be taken back at the time of separation.

However, the authorities of the newly formed Pakistan were not completely unaware of the artifacts and had in fact asked for them at the time of separation. The King Priest and the Fasting Buddha were fortunately taken back by the officials but the most fascinating, the Dancing Girl, couldn’t be retrieved. According to a story that revolves around this matter the Dancing Girl couldn’t be taken back because the Indian officials put a choice in front of the Pakistan officials of either picking King Priest or the Dancing Girl.

People in India seem to be quite interested in the artifact of the girl since dance is an integral part of the culture of India and the current movements for women in the country consider the artifact an important piece of art from the ancient times to see the place of women in the society in those ancient times.

Pakistani officials are not obsessed to take the girl back all of a sudden instead they are pursuing the right path and direction since the UNESCO Convention of 1972 clearly states that the artifact must remain in the ownership of the country where the artifact was unearthed. Sindh Government is currently pushing the matters to the Federal Government since the Federal Government needs to take care of the matters being a member of UNESCO as a signatory.

Qasim Ali Qasim, archaeology department’s director in Sindh, seems quite optimistic about the matters if Federal Government takes interest because in 2009 the government successfully brought many other artifacts back from various countries.