Join us on Tuesday , 20th February, at 6.30 pm, at Media Centre Lok Virsa for a special program spotlighting “Lost Heritage – The Sikh Legacy in Pakistan” by Amardeep Singh. This program is brought to you by Asian Study Group in collaboration with Lok Virsa.
About the Event:
‘The Quest Continues..’ is a unique yet captivating book that documents the travels of Amardeep Singh, in early 2017, to 90 cities and villages across Sindh, Balochistan, AJK, KP and the Punjab, on a quest to chronicle the nearly abandoned legacy of the Sikh civilization in Pakistan.
Visually intensive, using spectacular photographs (by Mr. Singh) to weave a story line that takes the audience on a thoughtful, yet entertaining, virtual journey, the event – which will be in the form of a presentation – will motivate all communities to become aware of the past, and through it, live in harmony for mutual progress, in present times.
About the Presenter:
Amardeep Singh is an engineer and an MBA who worked as Asia Pacific Regional Head for Pricing & Revenue Management for 25 years at American Express in Singapore. He retired in 2013 and began studying the history, musicology and spirituality of his Sikh ancestors from the Punjab.
He is passionate about history, musicology, spirituality and photography. His first book: LOST HERITAGE: The Sikh Legacy in Pakistan, published in Jan 2016, documented his explorations across 36 cities and villages in Pakistan.
We look forward to see you at Lok Virsa tomorrow, 20th Feb, at 6.30 Pm.
Note: Parking will be available from Gate 4.
Dear All ,
It is time for international cinema at the Mandwa Film club.
Join us on Saturday 24th February, at 4pm for the screening of a Hollywood classic “The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)”.
About the Film:
Directed by William Wyler and Produced by Samuel Goldwyn, “The Best Years of Our Lives” is a true Hollywood classic starring some of the greatest actors that Hollywood has known such as Fredric Marc,Teresa Wright, Harold Russel and Myrna Loy. It won seven Academy awards and remains the sixth best selling film of all times in the UK theaters.
When the film was released in 1946, the bloodiest war of the century had just ended and the survivors were coming home. They all returned with the same basic dream of putting the war behind them and getting back to life as usual, but the reality was different. For those whose primary skill was wielding a weapon, employment opportunities were scarce. Wives and children had become strangers. And women, who had entered the working force to earn for their families while men went to war away, had discovered a never-before kind of independence. “The Best Years of Our Lives” takes all of these factors into account. And, even though the film’s social relevance has diminished after quarter of a century of it’s release, its dramatic power and impact have not lessened.
Calling out to all fans of Hollywood, don’t miss the opportunity to watch this great classic at the Mandwa film club. Join us on Saturday, 24th February, at 4 pm, at Media Centre.
We are pleased to announce a very exciting Calendar of Events for February 2018.
The major event of this month is Grand Musical Celebrations of Lok Virsa, on 3rd February at 6.00 pm. This will be a reflection on the milestones of Lok Virsa such as Rebuilding Cultural Identity, Reclaiming Cultural Spaces and Promoting Pluralism.
You are especially invited to become a part of this event. A copy of formal invitation card can be found here. Please print the card and bring it along.
Going forwards, we are going to launch two more books this month. “Folk Heritage of Pakistan” will be launched in Karachi Arts Council on 4th February, and at Zarsanga Hall in Lok Virsa Islamabad on 8th February at 6.00Pm.
Our much anticipated cinema book “A Journey through Lens: Pakistani Cinema” will be launched exclusively in Alhamra Arts Council, Lahore on 7th February.
On 5th February, Lok Virsa will commemorate Kashmir Day with one-day Kashmir Cultural Festival, with it’s Opening Ceremony to take place at 11.00 am on same day, in Museum Hall.
On 6th February at 6.00Pm at Heritage Museum we will have a “Grand Opening of Music Hall together with the opening of an Audio Tour of Heritage Museum“.
On 17th and 18th of February ICF will conduct it’s “3rd Pakistan Mother Languages and Literature Festival” at Lok Virsa. Keeping in view this two-days long literature festival across Lok Virsa, Mandwa Film on 17th February will be screened at the Faiz Heritage Library.
Please review the detailed schedule of events given below:
2nd February 2018, 6.00 pm, at Media Centre
ASG in collaboration with Lok Virsa presents “Performing Arts, A JOURNEY: DANCES OF ASIA AND THE PACIFIC”
3rd February 2018, 11.00 am, at Museum Hall
Sri Lankan Dance Troupe Performance
3rd February 2018, 6.00 pm, at Lawn Area
Grand Musical Celebrations of Lok Virsa
4th February 2018, 6.00 Pm, at Karachi Arts Council
Book Launch: “Folk Heritage of Pakistan”
5th February 2018, 11.00 am, Museum Hall
Opening Ceremony: Kashmir Cultural Festival
6th February 2018, 6.00 Pm, at Heritage Museum
Grand Opening of Music Hall and Audio Tour of Museum
7th February 2018, 10.00 am, at Museum Hall
Iranian Film Festival
7th February 2018, 6.00 Pm, at Alhamra Arts Council Lahore
Book Launch: “A Journey through Lens: Pakistani Cinema”
7th February 2018, 6.30 Pm, at Media Centre
ASG Comparative Cultures in collaboration with Lok Virsa presents “AMONG THE ‘DHOLIS’ OF PUNJAB”
8th February 2018, 6.00 Pm, at Zarsanga Hall
Book Launch: “A Journey through Lens: Pakistani Cinema”
10th February 2018, 4.00 Pm, Media Centre
Mandwa Film “Baharon Phool Barsao(1972)”
12th February, 10.00 am, at Zarsanga Hall
“Pakistan Womens’ Day” by PODA
17th February 2018, 4.00 Pm, at Faiz Heritage Library
Mandwa Film “The Best Years of Our Lives(1946)”
17th-18th February 2018, 10 am , at Lok Virsa
Pakistan Mother Languages and Literature Festival
20th February 2018, 6.30 Pm, at Media Centre
ASG Comparative Cultures in collaboration with Lok Virsa present “LOST HERITAGE: THE SIKH LEGACY IN PAKISTAN”
24th February 2018, 4.00 pm, at Media Centre
Mandwa Film “Talaash(1976)”
You can also visit us on Facebook for latest updates on all our upcoming events.
We look forward to see you at Lok Virsa for these special events in the month of February 2018.
We are pleased to announce that a new batch of music classes will commence from 3rd February, 2018. In this batch we will be focusing on Singing, Flute and Rubab playing. These classes will take place on weekends with schedule as follows:
Singing Classes: Saturdays & Sundays, 11 am – 1 pm
Flute Classes: Saturdays & Sundays, 1.30 pm – 2.30 pm
Rubab Classes: Saturdays & Sundays, 4 pm – 6 pm
Meet our Teachers:
Singing (Classical and Light Music) – Ustaad Sultan Fateh Ali Khan:
Ustaad Sultan Fateh Ali Khan is the son of late Ustad Bade Fateh Ali Khan who was among the foremost Khayal vocalists of Pakistan and a leading exponent of Patiala Gharana. Ustad Fateh Ali Khan has been instrumental in keeping his father’s legacy alive by passing on the knowledge of classical music to the new generation. He will be teaching light classical singing at Lok Virsa music classes.
Flute – Salman Adil:
Salman Adil has been practicing and teaching flute for several years. A master musician, Salman runs his own academy and is apt at teaching the basics, to advance skills of playing Flute tunes to first time learners, at a reasonable pace. He has taught all the previous students of Flute at Lok Virsa music classes.
Rubab – Adnan Haider:
Adnan Haider is a master Rabab player from Parachinar, Khurram Agency. He has learnt Rubab from Ustad Gulab Afridi and has been practicing this craftab for the past 12 years. Along with a command on Rubab, Adnan is also a sculptor. He is well-known for his renditions of Pashtu tunes and has performed on prestigious platforms in Pakistan and abroad. Adnan has taught all the previous batches of Rubab classes at Lok Virsa.
Please contact 051-9249209 for queries and registration. Please also pass on this information to prospective students who may benefit from this opportunity.
We look forward to welcome our next batch of music classes from February 2018 onward!
Click on the link below to see complete picture gallery of LoK Mela 2017.
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.