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.
Sialkot Tea House’ inaugurated
SIALKOT: The Deputy Commissioner Dr. Syed Bilal Haider inaugurated the newly-established ‘Sialkot Tea House’ here at Anwar Club on Thursday.
Speaking on this occasion, he said the poets, writers, novelists and other literary people were an important segment of society and they should be encouraged.
He announced the holding of regular Mehafil-e-Mushaira and other literary meetings here to promote literary activities in the city.
The poets and writers, including Mansur Afaq, Farhat Abbas Shah, Dr. Sughra Sadaf, Haroon-ul- Rasheed, SVP Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) Waqas Akram Awan, Abdul Shakur Mirza, Manager Public Relations Sialkot International Airport, senior journalists and teachers also attended the ceremony.
Lok Virsa’s museums to remain close on March 21, 23
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan National Museum of Ethnology (Heritage Museum) and Pakistan Monument Museum (PMM) will remain closed on Thursday and Saturday, March 23rd due to inaccessibility of adjoining roads for preparations regarding Pakistan Day parade.
According to a press release issued by National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage, Lok Virsa, due to preparations regarding Pakistan Day parade taking place at Parade Ground near Lok Virsa premises, the Pakistan National Museum of Ethnology (Heritage Museum) and Pakistan Monument Museum (PMM) will remain closed as per previous practice.
Five-day Francophonie Festival kicks off
ISLAMABAD: A five-day Francophonie Festival kicked off here today to exhibit the diversity of French language & culture through a variety of events, including films, theatre, musical concert, and food.
The embassies of six different countries, including Argentina, Austria, Belgium, France, Switzerland, and Tunisia, are co-organizing the event with Alliance Francaise d’IsIamabad that will continue till 20th March.
The main event of the festival was held on Saturday, which drew a huge number of people desirous to know about the French culture as well as cuisine.
The event featured a French language dictée, a food festival, several films, and a concert. From 17th till 20th March, the festival would continue with a Kids Francophonie, film screenings and a theatre play.
At the food stalls, the variety of cuisine from the participating countries was displayed and enjoyed by the visitors. On the first day of the festival, three films including “Mr. Moll and the Chocolate Factory” (Switzerland), “Los Corroboradores” (Argentina) and “A better life” (Tunisia) were screened. The final event of the day was a musical concert in which the renowned band “The Wild ManGoes” enthralled the audience.
The members of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF) organize festivities in different locations every year on or around International Francophonie Day (20 March), to celebrate their common language and to promote diversity and intercultural exchanges.
With around 300 million French-speakers worldwide, the (IOF) represents one of the largest linguistic zones in the world. It was established in 1970 with a mission to embody the active solidarity between its members. The IOF consists of 61 member states and governments and 27 observers on all five continents, who together account for a population of 1.5 billion people.
The members of the IOF share not only a common language but also the humanist values promoted by the French language. The Organization holds political activities of multilateral cooperation that benefit the French-speaking population. Its actions respect cultural and linguistic diversity and serve to promote the French language, peace, and sustainable development.