Lok Mela 2021 colorful cultural festival closes


ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – November 7, 2021): A seven-day “Lok Mela” folk festival ended on Sunday at the National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage – Lok Virsa.

Over 600 artisans and folk artists from four provinces including Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) participated in Lok Mela, featuring folk songs, traditional dances and cuisines traditional. Traditional crafts were also exhibited in their respective cultural pavilions which had been decorated to showcase their cultural heritage.

The Minister of Federal Education, National Training and National History and Literary Heritage, Shafqat Mahmood, also visited Lok Mela.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister appreciated the efforts made to bring together artists and artisans from all corners and corners of the country on a combined platform in the federal capital to showcase the diversity of the arts and talents of the country.

He said the government is fully committed to strengthening national institutions.

He said that Lok Mela’s annual organization aims to promote the untapped talents and diversity of arts and crafts that every nook and cranny of the country offers.

He also visited the various cultural pavilions set up as part of the Lok Mela and spoke with artisans and artists.

Lok Virsa executive director Talha Ali appreciated the cooperation of the departments of culture, arts councils, artisans and folk artists from all provinces and regions.

Being a weekend away, a large number of people flocked to the meal to see the cultures of different parts of the country.

A number of people could also be seen shopping for traditional handicrafts such as Kashmir Shaals, Khyber Pakhtumkhwa dresses and Sindhi dresses.

During seven days in Lok Mela, musical evenings were also organized during which folk singers performed and were applauded by the audience. The corners of traditional cuisine have also attracted a large number of gourmets. In particular, Lehri Sajji, Chapal kabab drew a huge crowd. A large number of foreign diplomats also visited the cultural festival and praised the shows and the craft exhibition.

At the closing session, folk artists, musicians and folk dance groups were awarded cash prizes at a colorful Lok Mela closing ceremony.

ED Lok Virsa Talha Ali distributed cash prizes among artists, artisans and folk artists on the occasion.


Darcy J. Skinner

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