Lok Virsa (The National Institute of Folk & Traditional Heritage) works towards creating an awareness of cultural legacy by collecting, documenting, disseminating and projecting folk & traditional heritage. Surveys and documentation of traditional culture is central to the objectives of the institute.
Today I shared with You my experience of the attending biggest festival in our city Islamabad. This Folk festival is organized The National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) located in Shakarparian Islamabad. The aim of this festival was to appraise our youth about the richness of our country's heritage and gaining domestic and international support of these local artists.This was largest cultural activity throughout the Pakistan.These Cultural festivals play a vital role in promoting a country's soft image.
Participants come from all over Pakistan.Here You could feel and taste the culture and heritage of our beloved country Pakistan under one roof. It consist of 4 major pavilions (of our 4 different provinces) of Pakistan.
I will show You these pavilions one by one.
1.Punjab Pavilion ( پنجاب)
After entering in Lok Virsa first I decided to visit Punjab Pavilion.Punjab is the most popular province of Pakistan and containing 56 % population of the whole country.Lahore is the provincial capital of Punjab.Many Panjabi's including me are interested to Punjab pavilion.
Different stalls were diplayed in this pavilion
Khussa shoes are made with soft leather that is quite comfortable.
These Lamps are in light made because they are made with camel skin and all designs on these lamps are made with hands.
At this stall all things displayed are made up with beads.
Rural house stall
Pan shop Stall
Pottery Works Stall.
Puppet Show Stall
Different dancing groups come from different cities of Punjab are performing their traditional dance performances.
2.SINDH PAVILION (سندھ)
Sindh is the south eastern province of Pakistan.the capital and largest city of the province sindh is KARACHI, which is also largest city of our beloved country Pakistan.This pavilion also full with many stalls which shows the sindhi tradition and their local culture.
Lacquer work Stall.
Lacquer work is basically termed which means clear or coloured wood finish.In terms of decorative arts lacquer refers to a variety of techniques used to decorate wood surfaces ,especially in deep coatings.
Block printed shawls found in sindh are named as Ajrak.These shawls display special designs and patterns made using block printing by stamps.
Glass Frame Work Stall.
Rilli / Ralli are traditional bedsoreads handmade by women from remote villages of Sindh (province).
Sindhi Folk Dances includes Dhammal , Ho jamalo, Jhumro.
3.Balochistan Pavilion (بلوچستان,)
Balochistan is desert and mountainous region .It consist of 44 % of total land area of our country and biggest Province of our beloved country Pakistan.Their local language is Balochi and balochi kabails are in majority in this province.This pavilion was also full with colourful traditional stalls, food stalls.
Mastung District stall
Mastung Distict located in the northwest of Balochistan.All these designs are made by womens of this district.
Balochi Chappal Stall
Small Industries Balochistan Stall.
Balochi carpets are handmade carpets and are made by balochi nomads community who lived in defferent location, moving from one place to other.
Balochi folk dances includes Dochaap , Chogaa, Lewa.
4.Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pavilion (خیبر پښتونخوا)
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa formerly the North-West-Frontier Province, is one of the four Provinces of our beloved country Pakistan. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is the third largest province of Pakistan by the size of both population and economy.Its tradition and culture is also seperate from others.
Stone Carving Stall
Sawat Wood Carving Stall
Sawat Wood Carving Calligraphy Stall
Rubab (Musical Instrument) Stall
Rubab Mostly used in Pashto music.In this stall You saw man busy in making Rubab.
Qehwa Khana Stall
Green tea / Qehwa is mostly used in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa instead of tea.