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Folk singer enthralls audience lok virsa

ISLAMABAD: For music lovers, there is hardly a better combination than a good music with a backdrop of raindrops that soothes their inner. The residents of twin cities Friday night had it all in a live musical concert held here at Lok Virsa, Shakarparian, where young folk singer Nadeem Abbas Loonewala- the talented son of late legendary artist Allah Ditta Loonewala performed and received a big round of applause.

The event was organized by the National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) under joint institutional cooperation programme between Pakistan and Norway.

Speaking at the occasion, the Norwegian ambassador to Pakistan H.E. Mr. Robert Kvile said, “Culture is important and encompasses everything. Culture also plays a role in the art of communication. We see culture breaking the ice between different tribes and nations and thus believe that culture is an important tool in building bridges between people and nations. We consider culture a peacekeeping activity”.

In his address, federal secretary culture Moinul Islam Bokhari underlined the importance of Norwegian cooperation with Pakistan saying “Norway is significantly contributing to the promotion of Pakistani culture that is undoubtedly a backbone for the development of the country”. The secretary thanked the Norwegian government and people for their generosity in this regard.

The secretary culture also lauded the efforts of Lok Virsa for convening activities aiming to benefit folk artists, musicians, and craftsmen.

Lok Virsa executive director Khalid Javaid said that the holding of the show had been possible with financial support from Norwegian government. Explaining the background, chief executive Lok Virsa apprised that his institution launched a series titled “documentation of genealogical musical families of Pakistan” in the year 2009 with an objective to revive dying musical heritage and to encourage youngsters in the families of renowned folk & classical artists in order to ensure continuity of the traditions.
A massive crowd, particularly folk music lovers and youth from the twin cities of Rawalpindi/ Islamabad thronged the venue despite thunder and showers. Though Abbas sung most of his popular items the folk song “bismillah karan” fascinated the audience a lot.

Nadeem Abbas Loonewala learnt music and singing from his late father Allah Ditta Loonewala at an early age. Later, he developed a style of his own. Being a young singer, he has got a power of inspiring audience, particularly the youth community with his typical Punjabi Mahias and Urdu Ghazal renderings.

Khalid Javaid explained that folk song expresses people’s inner and most powerful feelings and ideas that ear reveals to mind thus having an elevating influence on human minds. It is not only the expression of art a folk song also portrays the harmony of happy living and moral of entire community. It is like a shower bath of the souls that washes all that is impure. Folk song reflects the social creeds, the hopes and aspirations of the people, and the intimate picture of life in the community. It has social as well as national significance. The way of folk song enthralls and captivates the audience is something to be felt and experienced rather than explained at paper.

Folk song deals with every aspect of life. In different parts of Pakistan, various rhymes, lullaby songs of national and other festivals, birth and marriage songs, love songs, seasonal songs, songs of glorifying historical and legendary heroes and the heroes of popular romantic stories, etc. are usually sung with their typical traditional background
Source: Daily Times