Artisans awarded as Lok Mela concludes
ISLAMABAD: The 10-day folk festival of Pakistan popularly known as ‘Lok Mela’, which started on June 3, concluded on Sunday here at Shakaparian with a prestigious award distribution ceremony.
The mega cultural event was organised by Lok Virsa (National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage), Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
Ms Nafeesa Shah, MNA and Chairperson National Commission for Human Development (NCHD), was the chief guest on the closing ceremony. She also gave away the cash awards to the winning artisans and trophies to the festival participants and sponsors.
Hundreds of thousands people from different walks of life attended the festival which featured artisans-at-work exhibition, provincial cultural pavilions, folklore song and dance performances, cultural evenings, craft bazaar, NGO stalls, theatre performances and special entertainment for children.
All the four provinces, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir participated in the festival by presenting their indigenous culture, arts, crafts, music and cuisine in especially designed pavilions.
A number of cash awards sponsored by different national organisations and individuals were given to the craftsmen and craftswomen on the recommendation of a jury constituted by Lok Virsa.
First time, in the history of the federal culture institution, Lok Virsa awarded trophies to some of the cultural correspondents working in different national newspapers and TV channels for their valuable contributions towards promotion of Pakistan’s cultural heritage on the recommendations of the jury.
While addressing as chief guest, Ms Nafeesa Shah congratulated Lok Virsa for the successful holding of this huge festival that brought rural masses from across the country to the capital.
She also congratulated the craftsmen and craftswomen representing their respective regions on wining the cash awards and the trophies.