Mandwa Film Club will delve into literary classic Oliver Twist with the screening of it’s 2005 film adaptation.
Join us on Saturday 16th December, at 4.00 pm to watch Oliver Twist (2005) – a film adaptation by director Roman Polanski starring Ben Kingsley, Barney Clark, Michael Heath, and Jeremy Swift. The screenplay is written by Ronald Harwood.
About the Book:
Written by Charles Dickens in 1839, Oliver Twist is hailed as a social novel which satirizes the hypocrisies of Dickens’ time, including child labour, the recruitment of children as criminals, and the plight of street children.
In the Nineteenth Century, orphan Oliver Twist is sent from the orphanage to a workhouse, where the children are mistreated and barely fed. He moves to the house of an undertaker, but after an unfair beating, he starts a seven day runaway to London. He arrives exhausted and starving, and is soon welcomed in a gang of pickpockets lead by the old crook Fagin. When he is mistakenly taken as a thief, the wealthy victim Mr. Brownlow brings Oliver to his home and shelters him. But Fagin and the dangerous Bill Sykes decide to kidnap Oliver to burglarize Mr. Brownlow’s fancy house.
The film was released to a limited number of theaters but earned a generally good reception among the critics with most describing it as “visually exact and detailed without being too picturesque”.
We look forward to see you at Mandwa Film Club on Satuday 16th December at 4pm.
Season’s Greetings from National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage – Lok Virsa.
Lok Virsa envisions a pluralistic society with strong values of tolerance and harmony. In continuum of our tradition of celebrating our festivals to promote & strengthen these values, not only in Lok Virsa, but also in our communities, we have planned Christmas celebrations with a Christmas Mela in collaboration with Federal Directorate of Education, Pur Fazal Kaliseya and St. Thomas Church.
Please join us on Friday 22nd of December at 3pm, at Museum Hall, Lok Virsa for the opening ceremony of Christmas Mela. Chief guest of the ceremony will be Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb, Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, Pakistan.
We look forward to see you at Lok Virsa with family and friends.
A Film Festival to showcase the best from the cinema of Islamic Republic of Iran is being organized by The Cultural Consulate, Islamic Republic of Iran, Islamabad with the collaboration with Cultural Center of Islamic Republic Iran in Rawalpindi, the PNCA and Lok Virsa.
Lok Virsa – National Institute of Folk & Traditional Heritage will host the last three days of the festival i.e. 13th, 14th and 15th of December,2017.
Following films will be screened at Lok Virsa:
13th December at 3 pm: “A Cube of Sugar”
Director/Producer : Reza Mirkarimi
Writers : Reza Mirkarimi and Mohammad Reza Gohari
Actors : Rima Raminfar , Reza Kianian, Saeed Poursamimi, Farhad Aslani.
Plot: A Cube of Sugar (Ye Habe Ghand aka One Cube of Sugar, 2011) is a domestic drama set around a marriage ceremony that has been arranged for a young woman from a traditional Iranian family. All is well in the run-up to the wedding ceremony. But before the ceremony that will unite Pasandide and her fiance in marriage gets underway, a single cube of sugar brings great misfortune to the family.
14th December at 3 pm: “Crazy Castle”
Director: Abdolhassan Davoodi
Producer: Bita Mansoori
Writer: Mohammad Reza Gohari & Abdolhassan Davoodi
Actors: Saber Abbar, Tannaz Tabatabaei, Nazanin Bayati, Saed Soheili and Amir Mohammad Zand.
Plot: A group of young online community roam the city of Tehran,looking for a good time. What starts as a prank unfolds into a complicated situation as they become entagled in blackmail. Examining the true meaning of friendship and the way we portay ourselves on social media, Crazy Castle is a riveting and sometimes harrowing journey which will have you on the edge of your seat throughout.
15th December at 3 pm: “Where are my Shoes?”
Director: Kiumars Pourahmad
Producer: Ali Ghaem Maghami
Writer: Kiumars Pourahmad & Farid Mostafvi
Actors: Reza Kianian, Roya Nonahali, Majid Mozaffari, Shaghayegh Farahani.
Plot: Habib Kaveh is an old man with Alzheimer’s disease. His family left him, but with his daughter returning to Iran, a secret is revealed.
We look forward to see you at Lok Virsa for the screening of these award winning Iranian films everyday at 3pm, from 13th December till 15th December 2017.
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.