ISLAMABAD: The rich culture and traditions of Balochistan displayed at ‘Lok Mela’ on Tuesday gave visitors the opportunity to learn about the arts and crafts of the province and also cultural values of other provinces.
The organisers had allocated spacious stalls to all provinces for showcasing their folk culture in a creative and interactive manner. The Balochistan pavilion set up by the Balochistan Culture Department in collaboration with Lok Virsa showcased the richness of Balochi culture, arts, crafts, folk music, rituals, traditions, cuisine and folk entertainment.
The Balochi contingent includes 50 craftspeople, 20 folk artists and musicians and four folk dance groups each comprising of 10 to 15 dancers and performers.
Participating Balochi master artisans included Kaneez Fatima, Malukan Bibi, Aziz Fatima, Natasha, Hazar Naz, Umeeda Bibi, Husna Bibi, Sajida Khan, Saba, Marzia Khanum, Kubra, Rukhdia and Rukhsana Bibi in Balochi embroidery, Muhammad Iqbal and Manzoor Hussain in carpet weaving, Muhammad Siddique and Muhammad Akram in khaddi (handloom) weaving, Miral, Dilshad, Tariq Mehmood and Abdul Khaliq in leather work, Malai in needlework, Muhammad Hassan in leather embroidery, Rozi Khan in Balochi chappal making and others.
The Balochi dance groups include Pushtoon Athan dance party, Leva party (camel dance), Balochi Chaap party, Noshi and Kharan.
Balochi artists and musicians performing at the pavilion included Amanullah, Hunoor Bux, Saal Muhammad, Behar Ali, Abdul Wahid, Ali Ahmad, Muhammad Saleh, Allah Dad, Saeed Ahmad, Gul Sher, Asghar Ali, Shahzada, Ashiq Hussain and Mashooq Hussain.
Talking to media, Lok Virsa’s Executive Director Khalid Javaid said, “It is our utmost effort to promote and preserve the indigenous folk culture of Balochistan. We have already taken a number of steps in this respect, including establishment of Lok Virsa’s children folklore society in two schools of Sibbi with a view to inculcate awareness among youth about their cultural heritage. A proposal is also under active consideration to hold a folk festival in Quetta or any other city of Balochistan in near future, which will not only showcase Balochi culture but also cultures of the entire country.”
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