Dear All,
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!

Best Regards,
Fouzia Saeed

Islamabad: The National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage, popularly known as Lok Virsa, is planning to celebrate the forthcoming Independence Day in a befitting manner.

Talking to media, Dr Fauzia Saeed, Executive Director, and Lok Virsa informed that the special programs at Lok Virsa will start from 11th August and continue till 14th August 2016. Both the museums administered by Lok Virsa, the Heritage Museum at Garden Avenue and Pakistan Monument Museum at western part of Shakar Parian will remain the hub of these activities.

She apprised that a Youth Painting Contest with the theme “Independence Day of Pakistan” will be organized on 11th and 12th August 2016 between 11 am till 1 pm at the Pakistan Monument Museum.

Children participating in the on-going summer camp at Lok Virsa and students of Federal Directorate of Education will participate in the contest. Three best paintings will receive prizes from Lok Virsa. These paintings will also be displayed at the Pakistan Monument Museum on 14th August for public/visitors.

Lok Virsa Mandwa Film Club will screen the famous film “Jinnah” on 13th August at 6 pm at Lok Virsa Media Centre. An exhibition of Artisans-at-work featuring master craftspeople in various craft areas such as truck art, mirror work, doll making, block printing, lacquer art, will demonstrate their skills for public at Heritage Museum on 13th and 14th August from 10 am to 6 pm.

A special Independence Day cake cutting ceremony will take place at the Pakistan Monument Museum on 14th August at 3 pm. A live performance by newly established Lok Virsa Folk Dance Group is also scheduled on 14th August at 3.30 pm at Heritage Museum.

Lok Virsa will also screen popular mille naghmas on multimedia projectors on 14th August at both the museums. Lok Virsa premises will be decorated with colorful buntings.

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Lok Virsa Plans to Celebrate Independence Day

Islamabad – National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage Lok Virsa is planning to establish a folk dance group for regular performances.

Executive Director Lok Virsa Dr. Fouzia Saeed told APP that the folk dance group would capitalize upon music classes, initially for tabla, flute and rubab.
She said that internationally Lok Virsa would establish a working relationship with Smithsonian in Washington DC, adding that Lok Virsa will revamp its Archives with the help of Smithsonian.
Dr Fouzia said that Lok Virsa is working on production of folk audio albums, video DVDs and discovery of new folk artists from across the country.

She said that documentation and new collection for the heritage museum would be further improved.

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Published in The Nation newspaper on 05-Aug-2016

ISLAMABAD, Aug 1 (APP): Indus Cultural Forum (ICF) in
collaboration with Lok Visa launched Sufi Music Album `You’ here at Lok Virsa, a National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage.

Senator Sassui Palijo was chief guest on the occassion.
While Senator Gianchand and Resident Coordinator UN Neil Buneh were guests of honour on the occasion.

Executive Director Lok Virsa Dr. Fouzia Saeed and Dr. Bhisham Kotak Director ICF were hosts of the event.

Saif Samejo Sketches Band sung few songs from the new album You and enthralled at the launching ceremony.

Sassi Paleko addressing on the occasion congratulated Saif
Samejo and his band members for launching the new album of sufi music.

Dr. Bhisham Kotak thanked the participants for attending he
event. He said that Indus Cultural Forum (ICF) would bring more music for the music lovers.

Earlier, Dr. Fouzia Saeed welcomed the participants in the
Open air theater of Lok Virsa. She said that Lok Virsa and ICF is making efforts to promote culture and art in the country.

She said that both organizations would organize more such
events in future to promote culture and art.

A large number of audience from across twin cities also
attended the event.

Indus Cultural Forum (ICF) is a community platform of culture and arts-lovers.

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Sufi music album “You” launched