His Highness the Amir
attending National Ceremony

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Tuesday morning was the guest of honor at a children musical celebration marking the 46th anniversary of Kuwait's Independence and sixteenth year after its liberation from Iraqi invasion.

Sheikh Sabah arrived to the celebration hall at the Bayan Palace, where private school students presented a stage play called "Kuwait our Hope" and later another musical work on Kuwait's sailing history was presented by government school students portraying the way their forefathers sailed the seas to the foremost spots across the earth for trading purpose and in order to bring back goods to Kuwait and its inhabitants.

The two works, supervised by the Ministry of Education, illustrated the love and devotion felt by Kuwaiti citizens to their country. There were also other musical works by students on their academic experience.

The celebration was attended by Minister of Education and Higher Education Adel Taleb Al-Tabtabaei and senior Education ministry officials.

Other VIPs attending the celebration included His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and the Speaker of the National Assembly Jassem Mohammad Al-Kharafi as well as several sheikhs and the deputy head of the National Guard Sheikh Mishaal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah together with Saudi Prince Talal Bin Abdel-aziz Al-Saud and other Kuwaiti officials.

Kuwaiti singers Shadi Al-Khalij and Sana Al-Kharaz led the Operetta (Kuwaiti Sail) , the two-hour historical operetta was worded by Dr. Yaquob Al-Ghoneim and composed by Mr. Ghannam Al-Dikan.

The operetta embodied a stage of Kuwait's history that was marked by struggle for livelihood as the country's economy at the time was mainly reliant upon navigational lines with several Gulf, Asian and East African ports for cargo transport.

This operatic work helped the young audiences get acquainted with this stage of Kuwait's history, involving past voyages by Kuwaiti sailors to different harbors.

The historical operetta showed how Kuwaiti seamen were impressed by other arts in the countries where they visited, turning Kuwaiti songs into a mixture of Indian, African and Gulf arts.

The artistic work began with showing a painting on the Kuwaiti ship starting sailing with Kuwaiti seamen aboard seeking livelihood.

Another painting was displayed, showing the legs of the Kuwaiti ship, including Iran, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Zanzibar, India, UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, and finally home return to Kuwait.

The concert was presented on the stage of the Bayan Palace, marking Kuwait's 46th National Day and 16th Liberation Day.

Some 650 students from public and private schools, including Pakistani and Indian ones, participated in the concert.

The segments presented by the students were greatly appreciated by the audience, a statement by the Amiri Diwan's Information and Cultural Affairs, H.E. Yousef Al-Roomi said.

Sheikh Sabah, who received a warm welcome at the beginning of the celebration was later given a warm applause on leaving the premises.



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