Staff ReporterFriday, November 25, 2011 - Islamabad—National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) here Thursday launched a book on “Forgotten Faces - Daring women of Pakistan’s folk theater” by Dr. Fouzia Saeed to document, preserve and promote indigenous folk culture and heritage of Pakistan.
The book launching ceremony was followed by the live performances featuring Abida (daughter of the outstanding theater artist of her time Balli Jatti), Naznin Mano, Fazal Jat and Saima.
Faridullah Khan, Federal Secretary for National Heritage and Integration, on the occasion said, “Theater has deep routed history in the sub-continent. It has been an indigenous expression for those polarities of human life, like happiness and sadness, calamities and miracles, heroes and villains, and romances and tragedies. South Asia being an verbal culture, has counted on story-telling as one of its main modes of transferring cultural knowledge from one generation to the next.
The story-telling, over a period of time, has become the major source of entertainment for rural masses”. He expressed hope that this initiative taken by Lok Virsa will go a long way in acquainting our youth community not only about this dying art form but also contributions of our theater artists in the past.