Dear All,

Mandwa Film Club will resume with screening of 1972 Pakistani classic “Mohabbat” on Saturday 27th January, at 4 pm, at the Media Center. While on the next Saturday i.e. 3rd February, Mandwa will participate in grand celebrations for 3 years of Lok Virsa achievements.

Please join us as the Mandwa Film Club as per the schedule given below:

Saturday, 27th Jan, at 4 pm, at Media Center: Screening of Mohabbat (1972)

With an all-star ensemble cast featuring Zeba, Mohammad Ali , Sabiha Khanum, Santosh, Rangeela and Qavi “Mohabbat” featured memorable poetry of Ahmed Faraz brought to life by music composer Nisar Bazmi. “Ranjish Hi Sahi” is an ever-green classic sung by Mehdi Hassan for the same film. Noor Jehan, Runa Laila and Tahira Syed are the other prominent voices on the soundtrack of the film.

Saturday, 3rd Feb, at 6 pm,at Lawn Area: Mandwa celebrates 3 Years of Lok Virsa

Mandwa members will participate in the 3 Years of Lok Virsa celebrations which will highlight and revisit some of the iconic milestones achieved at Lok Virsa. Mandwa is among those milestones and it is befitting to dedicate a Saturday evening looking back at how the film club started and grew over these years. This will also be a tribute to the friends and supporters of Mandwa who have stood by the film club as well Lok Virsa in all of it’s endeavours to promote the message of pluralism and diversity.

Join us at the Mandwa film club as we resume the film screenings and celebrate 3 years of Lok Virsa, on next consecutive Saturdays respectively.

Lok Virsa.

Dear Friends,

Now that I have come to the conclusion of my three year term at Lok Virsa, we feel it is time to look back and reflect on what we have achieved. Consolidation of each phase is a necessary step. I had developed a strategy for Lok Virsa for three years, therefore, we need to see how far we have come and what priorities should be taken forward. We also will take this opportunity to thank all those who were instrumental in getting Lok Virsa rejuvenated. Senior volunteers and advisers were together with us on this path and did tremendous work.

One initiative that we worked on very hard is about to be completed. Digitization of Lok Virsa’s Archives is nearing completion. We will proudly launch it at this event.

I would like you to save a full evening for us as all the stakeholders and supporters of Lok Virsa have to be there to celebrate what we have achieved and take stock of what was not done.

Date of event: 3rd Febraury
Time: 6pm
Venue: Lok Virsa Lawns

You cannot imagine Lok Virsa doing anything without the colors of our rich heritage so yes, it will be a fun program with musical performances linked to our major programs.

Please be sure you keep the whole evening on 3rd February for us. Dress warm and make sure you register on phone. Since we expect many people to come we do want to save your seats. We will be mailing out invitation cards. Please bring it along. It is good for two persons, but you can let us know on the phone if you are more than 2.

Looking forward to your participation in

In solidarity,
Fouzia Saeed
Executive Director

Dear All,

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!

Lok Virsa.


Thursday, 28 December 2017 by

Dear All,

We are pleased to announce the Calendar of Events for January 2018

We will start off the year with Opening of all-new Lok Khaba on 1st January and a Classical Musical Evening with Ustaad Ejaz Tawakkal on 2nd January.

On 8th January , Asian Study Group will bring another thought-provoking program about Dissolving Boundaries : A Discussion with Guru Garanth Sahib, to be held at the Media Center. This months’ Craft is Knowledge program will kick off in Museum Hall from 15th January with it’s Opening Ceremony taking place on the 16th January. The theme of this month’s Craft is Knowledge program is Traditional Art of Weaving; it’s corresponding Children Lok Mela will take place on 18th January in IMCG-F7/1.

On 22nd January, Oxfam will launch it’s Report on Inequality, coinciding with the World Economic forum in Devos, with all-day programs in Lok Virsa.

Every Saturday of the month at 4 pm, Mandwa Film Club will screen a classic film, chosen alternatively from Pakistan and International Cinema. Whereas, Open Mic will continue every Thursday and Sunday at 3 pm. Lok Virsa’s weekly infotainment program “Folk Beats” will air a new episode on Pakistan’s Folk Cultures, Every Sunday at 5.10 pm, on PTV World.

Do mark these dates and join us at Lok Virsa in January 2018.

Lok Virsa.