Mrs Mamnoon Hussain calls for promoting indigenous folk culture

Training in traditional basket-making at Lok Virsa

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—Wife of the President, Mahmooda Mamnoon Hussain has appreciated Lok Virsa’s efforts in promoting Pakistan’s indigenous folk culture and holding activities to introduce art and craft of various regions of the country.
She was addressing as chief guest the 7-day training programme in traditional basketry work. The inaugural ceremony was held at the Lok Virsa Museum.
The training programme has opened at Shakarparian under the umbrella of National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa).
Mrs Mamnoon Hussain said Pakistan has a diverse and beautiful cultural heritage. Lok Virsa deserves appreciation for projecting indigenous folk cultures of all provinces and regions.
She also appreciated efforts of Dr Fouzia Saeed and her team in organizing the basketry training which is a forgotten heritage of our folk culture. She also called for exploring markets to provide access to artisans to sell their products, she added.
Dr Fouzia said training in basketry was part of the series of programmes that Lok Virsa is currently holding under the title “Craft of the Month” with an objective to promote traditional skills, giving knowledge to younger generation about the importance and utility of different crafts and provide opportunity to youth to learn about Pakistan’s rich, diverse and pluralistic cultural tapestry.
It also encourages youth to value dignity of labour, foster ownership for their culture, creates respect for different professions and character building. It helps understand the contribution of artisans in the sustainable development of their community and country at large, she said.
Dr Saeed said it was due to our knowledge of the interests of children, we have started this training programme with the help of Federal Directorate of Education and Directorate General for Special Education.
So far we have been able to organize twelve programmes under this series successfully, she added.
Hundreds of children benefited from this initiative. Here we also see little boys who were equally keen to gain information about the basketry making techniques. I remember when we arranged the first programme, even the adults were approaching us to give them a chance to have a hands on experience. She announced that Lok Virsa will hold the next programme on “Weaving” from 19-28 December, 2016. Master artisans in the field of traditional handloom from all over Pakistan will be invited to coach children at Islamabad for a week.
On the occasion students of Islamabad Model School for Girls ((IMSG), G-6/1-3 presented millinaghma “Aey rah-e-haq ke shaheedo..” and famous Sindhi folk song “more thotelerana”, Student of IMSG G-6/1-3 Kainat Tariq Kiayani presented Kalam-e-Iqbal “Khuddi ka sir-e-nehan”, special youth of Directorate General of Special Education Ataul Qadeer and Hassan presented popular Pushto and Punjabi folk songs “Bibi Sheerini” & “mara aey tay mara yaar to hay”. Students of IMSG F-11/1 presented a beautiful cultural diversity show “Rhythm of Unity” in traditional costumes.


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