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

ISLAMABAD, Aug 1 (APP): Lok Virsa has finalized an agenda of strategic cultural programmes for children, youth and all other ages to bring out the true pluralistic nature of our folk culture.

Executive Director Lok Virsa Dr. Fouzia Saeed told APP in an interview here on Monday, she said that the strategy developed for Lok Virsa was designed to cater more to the younger generation to develop their cultural identity.

She said that the Lok Virsa would focus more on dissemination rather than collection of cultural materials to promote pluralism and national integration, adding that in addition, “we wanted to re-establish connections with other countries,”.

He said that “We are capable to re-establish Lok Virsa as a vibrant hub of cultural activity,”.

Dr. Fouzia Saeed said that “Our programmes, 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,”.

She said that for all ages our programme Mandwa film club, 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 programmes with them to ensure all communities with different languages, cultures and religions are welcomed at Lok Virsa,” she said.

She said that Lok Virsa also organized number of programmes in collaboration with Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, adding that a competition of Rubab in KPK and that of Suroz in Balochistan.

Dr. Fouzia Saeed said that Lok Virsa produced a TV programme for the first time, adding that a half hour programme called the Folk Beats for PTV world aired every Sunday.

“We have taken out 14 DVDs which will be launched soon,” she said.

Executive Director Lok Virsa said that internationally Lok
Virsa have begun linkages that would establish a working relationship with Smithsonian in Washington DC.

She said that Lok Virsa would revamp its 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.

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Lok Virsa finalizes an agenda of strategic cultural programs

Islamabad—The National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) on Friday launched ten DVDs of its folk programmes depicting the diverse musical heritage of the country, celebrating Pluralism here at Heritage Museum Hall. Renowned Journalist Najam Sethi was the chief guest on the occasion. Executive Director Lok Virsa Dr. Fouzia Saeed, the folk singers featured in the DVDs and large number of people also present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Najam Sethi said that “I have an old association with Lok Virsa and it was my desire to come here.
He lauded Dr. Fouzia Saeed, saying that Lok Virsa was presenting deserted look during last ten years, but she initiated number cultural events.
He said that Lok Virsa is playing vital role in promoting culture and arts of the country. Executive Director Lok Virsa Dr. Fouzia Saeed said that Lok Virsa is one of the largest publishers of the traditional music and culture, Lok Virsa also edited, complied and produced a set of 36 cultural documentaries and over 500 audio cassette labels of nation’s cultural heritage.
Addressing the participants, she said that Audio and video cassettes, CDs, VCDs and DVDs produced by Lok Virsa are available in the market. “A professional video studio has been established by the center at Islamabad. The equipped mobile units of the center can reach any part of the country to capture an event,” she said.—APP

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Lok Virsa launches cultural DVDs, celebrating pluralism

ISLAMABAD: As you pass by the Zero Point Interchange, you can spot a building nestled atop the Shakarparian Hills, in the shape of a flower in bloom.

The Pakistan Monument, due to its vantage point, not only provides a panoramic view of Islamabad, it is also a place one can visit to learn more about the history of Pakistan.

To the left of the monument, stands the Pakistan Monument Museum, which was established by the National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage – Lok Virsa, in 2010, to pay tribute to the national heroes of the country, who sacrificed everything to realise the dream of Pakistan.
The museum contains displays of ancient civilisations, as well as the freedom struggle, creation and major achievements of Pakistan, which is exhibited in a three-dimensional, creative manner.

It is also equipped with a reference library, audio-visual archive and conference hall, along with an auditorium with a sixty-two seat capacity, known as the Panorama Hall.

At the entrance of the museum, the figures of Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Fatima Jinnah are seated regally in a horse-carriage. On the right, one loses themselves in the past of the subcontinent. Exhibitions include the Gandhara civilisation, arrival of Islam with Muhammad bin Qasim, Muslim governance by Zaheeruddin Baber, Sher Shah Suri, Sultan Mehmood of Ghazni, Sufism, the creation of Pakistan and the ensuing mass migration.
“Our mandate has been to preserve, document and promote the cultural heritage of Pakistan”, said Lok Virsa Executive Director Dr Fouzia Saeed. “Currently, our emphasis is on the promotion of the folk heritage of Pakistan, in a way that is relevant to people of all ages and backgrounds, and to provide more meaning and depth in their lives. The promotion of folk heritage will also create more space for expressing diversity within our culture, as well as asserting cultural autonomy and dignity”.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 31st, 2016.

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