Lok Virsa in its effort to promote folk music introduced a four month course at its premises. During the short period of time, coaching in various musical instruments like Rubab, Bansuri, and Harmonium, In addition basic classes in singing were also offered to get young people to learn folk songs. this was the first set of classes offered in Lok Virsa on the demand of several of our visitors.
Please join us in a brief graduation of a total of ten students who finished the course and see them perform. We should encourage those who take out time from their busy schedule and satisfy their yearning to get into folk music. We also want to acknowledge our Ustads who have been teaching them.
The graduating ceremony of the music course which will be held on May 26, 2017 at 5:30PM at Mai Bhagi Hall, Lok Virsa. Ten students will be passing out from the course, and will perform. The event will come to an end with certificate distribution.
After Eid we will announce our next courses, however you can begin to register now and save a place for your. We will be offering Rubab, Saroz and flute. We will see what the interest of the people is.
Click on the link below to see complete picture gallery of LoK Mela 2017.
Take a look at the schedule of upcoming events in the month MAY 2017. Mark the dates and join us accordingly.
Saturday, 29th April 2017
Mandwa-“Sher Khan”, Bahar Begum would be the Chief Guest
Saturday, 6th May 2017
Timing: 10AM – 10PM
EUROVILLAGE – by European Union Delegation
Purpose is to raise awareness amongst the people of Islamabad about the European Union. There will be fifteen stalls of different European countries giving information about culture. Musical Concert at the open air theatre at: 4PM-11PM
Saturday, 6th May 2017
Mandwa – “Lakhon Main Aik” , Mustafa Qureshi would be the Chief Guest
Sunday, 7th May 2017
Open Mic Special at Open Air Theatre
Best artists from the talent hunt so far will perform.
Time:4:30PM to 6PM
Sunday,7th May 2017
Diamer Culture Show at Open Air Theatre
Time:7PM to 11PM
Tuesday, 9th May 2017
Press Briefing: Formal opening of “Rahat” at Lok Virsa
Saturday, 20th May 2017
Sada-e-Sufi at Museum Hall
(Ticketed event by Ibtida)
Friday, 5th May to Thursday, 25th May 2017
Lok Virsa Team in Balochistan for Talent Hunt in collaboration with Balochistan Government
Wednesday,19th May 2017
Opening and Inaugural Ceremony of Hazara Diorama at Heritage Museum
FOR THOSE WHO MISSED LOK VIRSA MELA CONCERTS, REPEAT AIRING AT “WWW.LOKVIRSA.ORG.PK” FROM TODAY ONWARDS
Lok Virsa’s annual 10-day Mela concluded successfully and peacefully. We broke all past records of visitor satisfaction, sales of artisans and revenue from entry tickets. The feedback from the visitors was that this was more organized than the past festivals. I would like to thank provincial governments, many volunteers, well-wishers and media friends for their support.
The Mela Concerts were live streamed during the 10 days of Mela, however, we will be repeating the footage of these concerts every day for those who missed these vibrant programmes. Every day we will repeatedly air 3 concerts in a loop, so you can watch at your convenience. These will be aired at night also for our international viewers. You are welcome to inform your friends and relatives abroad.
TUNE IN WWW.LOKVIRSA.ORG.PK
A rough schedule of the programmes aired daily is attached.
This three-day schedule will be repeated twice in the coming week. Be sure to take some time out and enjoy the shows.
(This sequence will be repeated on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday also)
Dr. Fouzia Saeed
Don’t sit calm because it’s time to play with colors, share happiness and to make memories. The exuberant festival of colors is all set to welcome spring. Hindus celebrate this fun-filled festival in the month of March with religious/spiritual prayers, colors, dance, and music. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair ruptured relationships. In Pakistan, Hindu community celebrates Holi with full excitement with other communities join in to experience this colorful festival.
Lok Virsa organized this beautiful festival with the Hindu community on Sunday, 12th April. People of all religions and ages gathered and smeared each other with the seven colors rainbow. Executive Director, Dr. Fouzia Saeed welcomed the chief guest Dr. Ramesh Kumar, member of the National Assembly and the festival began with Dhamal and traditional sweets were served to all guests.
Let the colors of Holi spread the message of peace and happiness
Executive Director LokVirsa, Dr. Fouzia Saeed is congratulating the organizers of this festival
Some dances and traditional sweets
Dr. Ramesh Kumar is enjoying Dhamal
Executive Director LokVirsa Dr. Fouzia is splashing colors to her friend
Rang Barsay Bheegay Chunar Wali…. Ladies are enjoying the riots of color
Don’t worry moms… Happiness of your kids is more important than stains
Dr. Bhisham Kotak is playing Djembe as Holi festival is incomplete without music
This colourful festival brings people together
Life is a journey but colors fill it with emotions, joy, love, happiness and much more. Lok Virsa’s message is that Holi is not the celebration of only Hindu community but of all Pakistanis irrespective of their creed, color and religions. We respect all religions and make sure that space is provided to all communities to celebrate their respective festivals.
“Without music, life would be a mistake.” Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols.
With the evolution of mankind nature inspired man by uttering different sounds. Human being started thinking and the best thing to sooth the deprived souls was the creation of musical instruments.
William Christopher Handy beautifully summed music in a sentence that “Setting my mind on a musical instrument was like falling in love. All the world seemed bright and changed”
Rabab is the national instrument of Afghanistan that is the reason its roots are very deeply penetrated in Pakistan too. KPK, Kashmir and Gilgit are the famous areas where Rabab is played and people are emotionally connected to the music it utters.
Rabab is made up of different components which are:
• Kassah which means bowl or shell
• Badanah (body)
• Safah (side)
• Dasteh (neck)
• Goshi (tuning peg)
• Sheitanak (nut)
• Seemgeer (strings below the corpus)
• Sar penjah (Taj or crown)
• Pust (Pelt or skin of goat)
• Kharak (bridge)
• Mezrab (plectrum)
• Mangassak (13 sympathetic strings of Rabab)
• Pardeh (fret)
• Strings (6 for melody and 15 for sympathetic)
In Pakistan the formation of Rabab in different areas is slightly different from each other. The formation of Taj is different in on the basis of which the instrument is categorized. Shahtoot and walnut wood is used in the formation of Rabab. Rabab is commonly used in classical and folk music. Now even in modern Pop music Rabab is used along with other instruments.
In Pakistan the affiliation of Rabab with people and artists is not new. In the meadows of KPK, at the rocks of Baluchistan and from the lavish green mountains of Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan the mesmerizing sound of Rabab goes right in to the heart of people.
Famous Rabab players in Pakistan are Ghulab Afridi, Waqar Attal, Shahid Malang, Amjad Malang, Bilal Khan, Adnan Haider and many more. Young generation is also showing eagerness to learn the tactics of Rabab.Lok Virsa is proudly contributing to spread the culture of Rabab. We have talented Rabab player Adnan Haider is also taking Rabab classes at Lok Virsa.