Punjab launches its very own Folk Studio

Punjab launches its very own Folk Studio

The initiative is in hopes of promoting the province's culture
31 Dec, 2017

LAHORE: The Punjab Council of Arts has launched a Folk Studio to promote Punjab‘s folk heritage, which is not only rich but also woven into the cultural diversity of the province.

Under the studio, an initiative by Additional Culture Secretary Saman Rai, also the executive director of the Punjab Council of Arts, each week a divisional arts council will present a show featuring folk artistes.

The launch ceremony of the studio took place at Open Air Theatre at Bagh-i-Jinnah on Saturday, where the chief guest was Additional Chief Secretary Umar Rasool and the guest of honour Executive Director of the Lahore Arts Council Atta Muhammad Khan.

The ceremony featured folk dance and music performances by singers and vocalists of Potohari as it was a presentation by the Rawalpindi Arts Council.

The artistes who performed on the occasion were Saien Amjad Mehmood, Ejaz Butt, Waheed Murad, Hameed Babar, Shaukat Ali, Laila Ali and Saleem. The executive director of the Lahore Arts Council also spoke in the Potohari language.

The Punjab Arts Council has nine divisional arts councils and on every Saturday each council will hold a cultural show at Open Air Theatre, Bagh-i-Jinnah.

A number of stalls featuring Potohari handicrafts were also on display. A stall selling bead necklaces and bracelets attracted several female visitors.

Originally published in Dawn, December 31st, 2017


Anti-Corruption_Pakistani Dec 31, 2017 11:54am
Good news to promote our cultural values. But, what about more schools, hospitals, providing clean water and job opportunities to all citizens? These are very import issues that will help to provide educated, healthy, loyal and corruption free society in the future.
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Khan Dec 31, 2017 12:11pm
Wonderful Finally the best step towards keeping culture alive and keeping everyone happy in this difficult time
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