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Lok Virsa to launch Lok Baithak on 9th Jan 

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ISLAMABAD: National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage, Lok Virsa has announced to start a new fortnightly series of folklore and folk music called “Lok Baithak” here from 9th of January.
With the advent of new year, “Lok Baithak” Program has been presented by Research and Media section of Lok Virsa. The first program will take place on Wednesday and that will be arranged on alternate Wednesdays.
The main purpose behind “Lok Baithak” is to revive the informal settings of the traditional and rural communities. These Lok Baithaks were multifaceted and used to serve the multiple purposes of associationalism, camaraderie, entertainment, social cohesion, knowledge sharing, the creation of disciplinarian and organizational spirit, and above all hub of promotion of art and culture in the general communities.
“Lok Baithak” at Lok Virsa would be run while being true to the mandate of Lok Virsa i.e. the promotion of folk and traditional heritage of Pakistan. This program would be open to the people of all age groups and to all ethnicities, in the style that they themselves would be the speakers and listeners with Lok Virsa as regulator and facilitator only. Agenda of the next Baithak sittings would also be set in the general meetings of the Baithaks making people feel this as their very own program.
“Our audience is encouraged and allowed to bring their musical instruments and crafts that they specialize in. They would be mobilized to share the values, knowledge, wisdom, stories, songs, tales, fables, epics, jokes, traditional games, riddles etc. Overall everything falling within the domain of folklore of their respective regions. Singers and musicians among them would sing and play music. Lok Virsa would make its contribution through inviting a folk/ semi-classical / classical singer or through musical performance. We would also invite traditional treasurers (gunny, sughars people etc.) who have a lot to share about the folk and traditional heritage of their respective regions”, said the organizers.
The star artist of first “Lok Baithak” would be Muhammad Ali a renowned ghazal, semi-classical and folk singer. He learned music from Ustad Mehdi Hassan, Ustad Shokat Manzoor, and Ustad Allah Rakha. Among accompanist, Ustad Nizakat Ali Khan on harmonium and Ustad Amanat Ali Khan on tabla will show their skills.

 

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China’s largest ever Picasso exhibition opens

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BEIJING: The largest Picasso exhibition ever held in China opens on Saturday, featuring more than 100 works — many of them from the artist’s early years.

The “Birth of a Genius” exhibition brings together the best of the Picasso Museum Paris, Laurent Le Bon, the museum’s president said.

Featured works include paintings, sculptures and drawings, and are accompanied by photos of the young Pablo in Barcelona and Paris.

The first Picasso exhibition in China was held in 1983, timed to coincide with a Beijing visit by then French president Francois Mitterrand. Just 33 pieces of art were put on display.

This year’s exhibition, which runs until September 1 at the UCCA Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, focuses on the artist’s first 30 years.

“We have tried to show the great masterpieces like the blue Self Portrait, for example, that hardly ever leave the museum, and display them alongside a more multidisciplinary Picasso,” Le Bon said.

The Spanish artist’s “blue period” from 1901 to 1904, which focused especially on the poor and marginalised, such as prostitutes and drunks, features prominently in the selected works, added exhibition curator Emilia Philippot.

“These are very political subjects in a way,” she said.

Transporting all the works to China brought its own challenges.

The insurers for the works, which are valued at more than 800 million euros ($900 million) insisted that the pieces travel on seven separate planes, the organisers said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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US publisher delays Naomi Wolf book over accuracy issues

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NEW YORK: The US publisher of feminist author Naomi Wolf’s latest book “Outrages,” about the persecution of gay men in 19th century Britain, has delayed its release amid questions about her research.

The book has already been released in Britain, and was expected to hit US bookshelves on Tuesday.

But one of her main points — that dozens of men were executed for their homosexuality in the 1850s — appears to be incorrect, possibly because she misunderstood the court documents she reviewed.

A BBC interviewer called her out on air over the apparent mistakes, and Wolf says she “made necessary changes immediately” to her manuscript.

But Houghton Mifflin Harcourt nevertheless delayed the publication.

“As we have been working with Naomi Wolf to make corrections to ‘Outrages,’ new questions have arisen that require more time to explore,” the publisher said in a statement.

“We are postponing publication and requesting that all copies be returned from retail accounts while we work to resolve those questions,” it said, without offering a new publication date.

Wolf said on Twitter that she “strongly objected” to the decision.

“The heart of my book is not criminology but censorship,” she wrote.

The book’s subtitle is “Sex, Censorship and the Criminalization of Love.”

Amazon now says the book will be available on June 1, 2020.

Wolf, 56, first came to prominence in the early 1990s with “The Beauty Myth.” Her 2012 book “Vagina: A New Biography” also earned a lot of attention.

 

 

 

 

 

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Lok Virsa: Kids Summer Camp from 25th June 

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ISLAMABAD: The National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa), Ministry of Information and Broadcasting will organize annual “Summer Camp for Children” (age group: 5 to 14 years) during summer vacation with a view to creating awareness among children about the indigenous craft heritage of Pakistan.
The annual Children Summer camp would commence from June 25 at Lok Virsa, aimed at providing basic orientation to children about traditional skills in an entertaining and interactive manner. Master artisans in block printing and lacquer art will be invited to conduct classes. During 30 days, Summer Camp children will also be taken to visit three National Museums i.e. Pakistan National Museum of Ethnology (Heritage Museum), Pakistan Monument Museum and Pakistan Museum of Natural History in order to provide them exposure about the cultural and historical heritage of Pakistan.
One Master artisan in each craft field will be engaged to conduct classes on a daily basis. First & second week will focus on Lacquer art, whereas during the third and fourth week, children will be provided hands-on training in traditional block printing. A non-refundable registration fee of Rs 3,000 will be charged from each child. Payment of registration fee will be deposited by parents of children will Lok Virsa accounts section directly against a proper receipt. Children will be provided lunch during the training classes. Lok Virsa will also provide raw materials for training classes.
A colorful concluding ceremony will take place on July 23rd at Heritage Museum, Shakarpariyan. The ceremony will feature Live performances by child folk artists and folk performers from all provinces, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Certificates will be awarded to the children as a token of their participation in the summer camp in full view of the national media. Parents of children will also be invited at the occasion.
Particulars required for registration: Name: Father/Mother’s Name: Age: Complete Address: Contact Number: Email Address: Name & authorized person for daily pick & drop of the child: CNIC # (also attach photocopy with the picture of CNIC). For Registration contacts 051-9249200, 051-9249209 Email: [email protected] Last date for registration June 20th, 2019.  Earlier, Lok Virsa successfully organized three summer camps in mother languages (Punjabi, Sindhi, Balochi, Brahvi, Pashto, and Wakhi) in the year 2015, 2016 & 2017 and one summer camp in traditional skills: truck art, papier mache and pottery making in 2018.

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