There has been an update in the movie selection for Saturday 21st October.
Join us at the Mandwa Film Club this Saturday (21st October at 6.00 pm) for the screening of Pakistani super hit film “Insaniyat (1967)”.
A young couple (Waheed Murad and Zeba) fall in love and vow to marry once Waheed Murad finishes his medical studies abroad. Zeba is forced to marry Tariq Aziz by her parents. When Waheed Murad finds out about this betrayal he is heart broken. Years later Zeba’s husband is brought to Waheed Murad’s hospital in a terminal condition leaving both Zeba and Waheed Murad distraught.
About the film:
Released: February 24, 1967 by Shabab Productions. Starring: Zeba, Waheed Murad, Tariq Aziz, Nanha, Ali Ejaz, Razia, Firdous
Director Shabab Keranvi Producer: A. Hameed Writer: Shatir Ghaznavi
Music director: Manzoor Ashraf Lyricist: Shabab Keranvi Singers: Mala, Irene Pereen & Ahmad Rushdi.
“Insaniyat” was the first blockbuster for Shabab Productions-which would dominate the Pakistan film industry till the 80’s. When released,”Insaniyat” had it’s release certificate revoked because Shabab Leranvi, the director, was accused of remaking the Indian film “Dil Ek Mandir”. Shabab Keranvi was able to prove that Dil Ek Mandir had in fact been a remake of the 1958 Pakistani film Hasrat (Starring Santosh and Sabiha) allowing the release certificate to be reissued.
We look forward to see you at the movie screening on SATURDAY 21ST OCTOBER AT 6.00 PM.
Lok Virsa is planning some very exciting events for the next two months. In this regard, we are pleased to announce the Calendar of Events for the month of October 2017.
Many of the projects that we have been working on have finalized and are ready to open doors to visitors. As always, musical evenings are an essential part of the October calendar.
Mark the dates below and pay us a visit with family and friends.
6-Oct-17: Lok Virsa “Sharbat Point” will open it’s doors to visitors.
7-Oct-17: Mandwa screening of Pakistani film “Dil Mera Dharkan Teri(1968)”.
10-Oct-17: Renaming of Lok Virsa Boardroom.
14-Oct-17: Mandwa screening of Japense-Russian film “Dersu Uzela (1975)”.
15-Oct-17: Renovation of Rooftop Theater is complete. It will be reopened as “Bali Jatti Theater” with a musical evening: “2nd Generation of the Great Masters”.
Note: “2nd Generation Masters” will be a series of concerts; a new concert will take place every week at the Bali Jatti Rooftop Theater.
16-Oct-17: Rural Women Conference.
17-Oct-17: Rural Women Conference and a musical evening.
16-Oct-17: Opening ceremony of 2nd program in Craft is Knowledge Series: “Pottery Making”.
17-Oct-17: Renovation of Heritage Library is complete. It will be reopened as “Faiz Heritage Library” with an Inauguration ceremony for its digitized catalog.
Note: The digitized library catalogue will be available on our website as well.
18-Oct-17: Children Lok Mela at IMCG-G-6/1-4 .
20-Oct-17: “Unity in Diversity”: 200th Birth Celebrations of Baha’ullah, the Founder of the Baha’i Faith, with musical evening at Open air theater, featuring musical show, tableau and devotional group songs.
21-Oct-17: Mandwa screening of Pakistani film “Ehsaas(1972)”.
28-Oct-17: Mandwa screening of Canadian|Iranian film “Incendies (2010)”.
We look forward to see you here at Lok Virsa.
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.