Punjab Council of the Arts on Saturday organized an inter-provincial musical and traditional folk dance program to promote cultural ties between the provinces.
The program featured traditional folk dances from Punjab, Sindh, Baluchistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Sain Riaz, Niazi boys and susheel Sagar performed for Punjab, while Iftikhar uddin from Gilgit-Baltistan, Haider Shaan, Amanullah from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Shaukat, Ali Ajmal & Group from Sindh, Aga Khan & Group, Iqbal Hassan from Balochistan and Ashiq Butt from Jammu and Kashmir sang traditional songs.
Executive Director Punjab Arts Council Saman Rai was special guest on the occasion while Secretaries and officers of cultural institutions of Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan also participated in the program.
Speaking on the occasion, Saman Rai said the development of inter-provincial culture would help further connect Pakistanis.
Folk festivals reduce the distance between people. Folk festivals should be held in all the provinces of Pakistan including Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Fairs are an important means for artisans to spread their art to the world.
According to the instructions of Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Bazdar, the government will issue health cards to the artists. The Punjab government is providing financial assistance to thousands of artists.