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.
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
Our nation is very talented and Lok virsa wants to facilitate bringing out good singers. We want to reclaim our creative spaces and bring back creative expression into our lives.
All those who think they have the talent of singing can contact us. Every Thursday a Committee will have auditions at 5PM at Lok Virsa and every Sunday there will be an open performance of those accepted in the auditions by Lok Khaba, Lok Virsa’s food court. The others can come to encourage these amature artists.
Ms Naeem Fatima is the coordinator for the program.
Read the announcement below for contact details and share it with institutions or individuals who can post this in their circles of friends. Help us spread the word please.
When I joined Lok Virsa, about a year and a half ago, we only had employees from Punjab and Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa. Over the last year I have tried hard to search for young candidates to be inducted from other province. To get good candidates from Balochistan has been a challenge as it is difficult to get people to move to Islamabad on such low renumeration, However, I am happy to share that we now have six young professionals from Balochistan at Lok Virsa, providing thier services for various jobs.
Abdullah Baloch, the head of the Culture Department, Balochistan Government, visted us yesterday and was so happy when I introduced him to these young professionals. He said, “This was a dream for me. I had been associated with Lok virsa for over three decades and always wanted to see bright people from Balochistan here and now it has come true.” He thanked me for being true to my claim that Balochistan and GB were my priority. I am sharing a picture of Abdullah Baloch with young professionals from Balochistan who are providing thier services as internal auditor, PRO, store keeper of the museum, Media program executive, Electrical Engineer and ethnomusicologist.
I would also like to share that we have 5 young professionals from GB who are providing thier services to Lok Virsa as head of Media, head of accounts, cameraman and two in the Museum. This diversity is already changing the environment of the Institute and influencing, positively, the programs of lok virsa. I strongly beleive that for it to be a true ‘National’ Institute, it has to have the voices of all the provinces. We continue to work on achieving that balance!
Lok Virsa in its effort to promote folk music and bring back the creative space to our community, Lok Virsa announces its music classes schedule. You are requested to be a part of this effort and take time out to learn an instrument or have your children learn a musical instrument. That will be the best gift you can give to your children.
Most of the classes will be a three-month course. Therefore, it is better to register from the beginning and go until the end. We will however be flexible in the first month to accommodate people.
For registrations and more details, please refer to the attached Ad or contact.
I hope you had nice Eid holidays. Ramzan was a nice time for reflection on our last year’s program and preparation for the financial year starting 1st of July. We have a full agenda of strategic cultural programs for our children, youth and all other ages to bring out the true pluralistic nature of our folk culture. I would like to share briefly what we were able to accomplish in the last year and highlights of what we plan to bring, with your help, in the coming year.
REFLECTIONS ON THE PAST YEAR
The strategy I developed for Lok Virsa was designed to 1) cater more to the younger generation to develop their cultural identity, 2) spread out of the Rwp/Isb area to ensure LV is a national institute, 3) focus more on dissemination rather than collection of cultural materials and 4) to promote pluralism and national integration. In addition, we wanted to re-establish connections with other countries.
I think we were able to re-establish Lok Virsa as a vibrant hub of cultural activity. We were able to systematically attract thousands of children with the help of Federal Board of Education and other partners. Our programs, Craft of the Month, teaching how to make various folk crafts, Children’s Literature Festival in collaboration with Oxford and Idara e Taleem o Aagahi and the language Summer Camp were super successful. For youth, we had tributes to great cultural figures like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Habib Jalib, Aslam Azhar and Amjad Sabri, as well as competitions for Rubab and Saroz playing.
For all ages our program Mandwa, featuring Pakistani and international classic films was successful in generating interest and appreciation of old classics.
To make Lok Virsa truly national we engaged with a full range of diverse ethnic communities and organized programs with them to ensure all communities with different languages, cultures and religions are welcomed at Lok Virsa. We also partnered with the Govt of KP and Balochistan and did elaborate programs with them in those provinces. A competition of Rubab in KP and that of Suroz in Balochistan. Our spread and dissemination was also ensured by going livestream and actually touching people internationally. We live streamed our Mela through our website and since then have been live streaming all our major programs. Lok Virsa produced a TV program for the first time. A half hour program called the Folk Beats for PTV world aired every Sunday. We also became active on social media with a new website and a Facebook page which has increased our spread and engagement with the public. Another way of increasing our spread and ensuring we focus on dissemination is to be producing video DVDs and audio albums and making them accessible to public. We have taken out 14 DVDs which will be launched soon.
Lok Virsa has promoted pluralism and diversity by building sound relationships with all kinds of communities of Pakistan and highlighting their festivals and cultures. We celebrated, Eid with an Eid Mela (2015), Christmas, Nauruz and Holi. We had many ethnic based cultural events like with Hazara community, Gojal community, Afghan community, Sindhi community and many more. The two language and literature Festivals in collaboration with Oxford and Indus cultural forum focused on diversity of language and its significant to retain our culture. These will become annual events to be held at Lok Virsa now. Our Mela also remains a highlight to promote our cultural diversity and with the excellent role media played to accentuate our efforts, we were able to make a mark.
Internationally we have begun our linkages and home that we would establish a working relationship with Smithsonian in Washington DC.
LOK VIRSA also had internal targets in three areas to strengthen the institute itself. The following was achieved in this regard.
– An empowered Board of Governors was established in June 2015, after a gap of two and a half years.
– Lok Virsa Rules were made and passed by the BOG after a gap of 13 years. When the institute was reconstituted in 2002 the new rules were never made.
– The accounts were cleaned up and computerized (a very big challenge, took a whole year and still have pending liabilities)
– Pension Issue almost resolved (mega problems in this area when I came, will take more time to clean up the mess developed over the years)
– Other systems being developed
b) Staff capacity issues
– Some capacity building exercises were done, computer courses, cultural lectures, but this area is a very big challenge
– New people on contract were hired and soon we will be hiring and re building teams.
NEW PROGRAMS IN THE UPCOMING YEAR
We plan to continue our new strategy as it was developed for three years. We continue the following programs:
-Craft of the Month for children and Summer Camp
-Mandwa Film Club – this year we hope to feature Zeba Begum, Nadeem and Saima as our celebrities
Starting with an annual celebration of Mandwa’s success by the members on the 23rd of July with a special feature of film kasoti (quiz show)
-Tributes will continue: this year starting with Ahmad Faraz, Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Javed Salamat Bakhshi and then Reshman
– this year we plan to take the Mela out. We will have one in Islamabad in April but will also try to do 2 small ones in Swat and Karachi.
– TV shows will continue
– we will do provincial work with Sindh or Punjab Government, while our collaborations with KP and Balochistan will continue.
Will revamp Lok Virsa Archives with the help of Smithsonian
Establish a folk dance group for regular performances and also for Embassies and Foreign office to capitalize upon
Music classes, initially for Tabla, flute and Rubab
Production of audio albums, video DVDs and discovery of new folk artists.
Improvement in documentation and new collection for the museum.
WE ARE OPEN TO YOUR SUGGESTIONS, IDEAS AND COMMENTS, AS IT IS ONLY WITH YOUR COOPERATION AND HELP THAT LOK VIRSA CAN SUCCEED. IT IS YOUR INSTITUTION, WE ONLY RUN IT FOR YOU.
Dr. Fouzia Saeed
Executive Director, Lok Virsa