Punjab festival ends at Lok Virsa
ISLAMABAD: The first-ever Punjab Cultural Festival, organised by Lok Virsa in collaboration with National Cultural Development Foundation, concluded here on Sunday.
The concluding ceremony was followed by a Punjabi musical concert featuring folk artists and musicians such as Nadeem Abbas Lonewala, Sana Parvaiz, Mohammad Ali, Saghar, Zafar Lohar, Krishan Lal Bheel from Cholistan, Sadaf Ali and others.
A large number of people from different walks of life witnessed the brilliant performances of Punjabi artists. Among them, Nadeem Abbas Lonewala and Zafar Lohar were the most prominent and received applaud.
The four-day festival featured an artistically designed pavilion with typical Punjabi architecture, an artisans-at-work exhibition, folkloric song and dance ensembles, rural musicians, exotic cultural performances, stalls by public organisations and NGOs, craft bazaar as well as children amusements such as merry- go-round, boat swing, etc.
Fifty master artisans in specialised craft fields such as bone work, lacquer art, Multani blue tiles, doll making, block printing, woodwork, traditional truck art, papier mache, carpet weaving, floor rugs, basketry, pottery, embroidery from Multan and D.G. Khan demonstrated their artisanship in the exhibition.
Hundreds of participants including master artisans, folk artists, musicians, rural performers, instrumentalists and dance groups attired in traditional costumes attended the festival and won recognition for their talent at the national level.
Talking to this reporter, Lok Virsa Executive Director Khalid Javaid said: “Lok Virsa is thankful to all stakeholders who contributed towards the success of the festival.”