Punjab Musical Night enthralls audience

Staff Reporter

Rawalpindi—Punjab Council of the Arts has arranged Punjab musical night at Lok Virsa Shakarparian in which folk singers from all over Punjab enthralled audience with wonderful performances.
Additional Commissioner Rawalpindi Tariq Mehmood Tariq flanked by Deputy Director Punjab Council of the Arts Saeed Ahmed Khan and Resident Director RAC, Waqar was chief guest on the occasion. The night started with a performance by Multan Lok Raqs Party with a traditional horse dance.
Fazal Jat presented traditional theatrical performances while Qurban Niazi also enthralled audience in his unique style. The performance of Shaukat Ali on Dhol was also attracting. Besides others Aslam Lohar, Bushra Marvi, Krishan Lal Bheil,Bushra Sadiq, Ado Bhagat, Yasmin, and Shahnaz Guddi received thunderous applause for their outstanding performance.
Meanwhile, the on-going Folk Festival of Pakistan “Lok Mela”, organized by the National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage, here at Shakarparian is immensely contributing towards documenting and preserving traditional folk crafts and projecting crafts people.
The glimpses of rural folk and traditional heritage of different provinces and regions including remotest parts have coloured the grounds of the Federal Capital for ten days.
Besides several other features for families and children, exhibition ofArtisans-at-work is a major attraction for the visitors at Lok Mela.
Over five hundred crafts people are seen actively demonstrating their works in artistically designed cultural pavilions, putting their creativity inarts, crafts and innovation. They are mesmerizing the visitors with their unique artisanship.
The crafts on display are embroidery (including Multani, Bahawalpuri, Hazara, Swat, Balochi and Sindhi embroidery) block printing, lacquer work, Khussa making, pottery, tie and dye, doll making, khaddar weaving, truck art, wood carving, wood work, papier mache, namda and gabba, metal work, Shawl weaving, zari work, motikari, traditional carpets, blue pottery, Ajrak,wax printing, stone work, wooden spoon making, pattu weaving and many others.

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