Pakistan’s annual heritage fair promotes culture in colors

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Festivities, foods, handicrafts and entertainment at the heritage festival of Lok Virsa in Islamabad exhibiting diverse culture from Pakistan's provinces and regions. (AN Photo)
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Festivities, foods, handicrafts and entertainment at the heritage festival of Lok Virsa in Islamabad exhibiting diverse culture from Pakistan's provinces and regions. (AN Photo)
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Festivities, foods, handicrafts and entertainment at the heritage festival of Lok Virsa in Islamabad exhibiting diverse culture from Pakistan's provinces and regions. (AN Photo)
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Festivities, foods, handicrafts and entertainment at the heritage festival of Lok Virsa in Islamabad exhibiting diverse culture from Pakistan's provinces and regions. (AN Photo)
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Festivities, foods, handicrafts and entertainment at the heritage festival of Lok Virsa in Islamabad exhibiting diverse culture from Pakistan's provinces and regions. (AN Photo)
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Festivities, foods, handicrafts and entertainment at the heritage festival of Lok Virsa in Islamabad exhibiting diverse culture from Pakistan's provinces and regions. (AN Photo)
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Festivities, foods, handicrafts and entertainment at the heritage festival of Lok Virsa in Islamabad exhibiting diverse culture from Pakistan's provinces and regions. (AN Photo)
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Festivities, foods, handicrafts and entertainment at the heritage festival of Lok Virsa in Islamabad exhibiting diverse culture from Pakistan's provinces and regions. (AN Photo)
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Festivities, foods, handicrafts and entertainment at the heritage festival of Lok Virsa in Islamabad exhibiting diverse culture from Pakistan's provinces and regions. (AN Photo)
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Festivities, foods, handicrafts and entertainment at the heritage festival of Lok Virsa in Islamabad exhibiting diverse culture from Pakistan's provinces and regions. (AN Photo)
Updated 18 November 2019

Pakistan’s annual heritage fair promotes culture in colors

  • Lok Virsa art and crafts festival attracts thousands of visitors to experience country’s diverse culture
  • 10-day festival features food, native dresses, music, crafts, artisans, and performances

Islamabad: 'Lok Mela' by Lok Virsa is an opportunity for Pakistanis and foreigners to experience the diverse and vibrant cultures of the country’s four provinces and regions in a day during the 10 days of the annual folk festival organized in Islamabad.




Festivities, foods, handicrafts and entertainment at the heritage festival of Lok Virsa in Islamabad exhibiting diverse culture from Pakistan's provinces and regions. (AN Photo)

Lok Virsa, the National Institute of Folk & Traditional Heritage which has a prime directive to preserve, document and promote Pakistan’s cultural heritage has been organizing this festival on its premises for decades in the hills of Shakarparian park. The fair kicked off on Friday and is scheduled to end on November 24.




Festivities, foods, handicrafts and entertainment at the heritage festival of Lok Virsa in Islamabad exhibiting diverse culture from Pakistan's provinces and regions. (AN Photo)

Colorful pavilions representing Punjab, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Gilgit-Baltistan, and Azad Jammu & Kashmir are exhibiting their respective cuisines, indigenous folk music, songs, dances, attire, crafts, and artisans have been a treat for visitors arriving in droves to see, hear, smell, taste, and touch the cultural elements.




Festivities, foods, handicrafts and entertainment at the heritage festival of Lok Virsa in Islamabad exhibiting diverse culture from Pakistan's provinces and regions. (AN Photo)

Each night the festival premieres a special musical event of a province or a ceremony with live performances or a theatrical show. For children’s entertainment, the organizers have set up a limited time period puppet show. The craft bazaar and dance performances would be enough to keep visitors occupied with enjoyment.  




Festivities, foods, handicrafts and entertainment at the heritage festival of Lok Virsa in Islamabad exhibiting diverse culture from Pakistan's provinces and regions. (AN Photo)

Several stalls, many managed by female artisans demonstrated the contribution of women in Pakistan’s economic process.

At the Baluchistan pavilion, craftswoman Aziz Fatima demonstrated her skills in Balochi embroidery, a centuries-old tradition she continues taught by her mother which Fatima intends to preserve by teaching girls in her community.




Festivities, foods, handicrafts and entertainment at the heritage festival of Lok Virsa in Islamabad exhibiting diverse culture from Pakistan's provinces and regions. (AN Photo)

Lacquer artisan, Farhat Bibi from D.I. Khan showed her skills on how to protect woodwork and add designs by applying layers of the coating in different colors while the material is rotated on a simple wooden lathe machine. In the process, patterns are etched on the surface using a thick iron needle exposing each color as per requirements.




Festivities, foods, handicrafts and entertainment at the heritage festival of Lok Virsa in Islamabad exhibiting diverse culture from Pakistan's provinces and regions. (AN Photo)

Ameer Bukhsh from Kahror Pacca, Punjab showed his skills in Woodblock pattern using natural dye, a historical-artistic designing technique originating from the lower Indus valley around southern Punjab and most of Sindh. Bukhsh has imparted his textile craft training to family members and other artisans.

There are multiple attractions for visitors to keep people from all walks of life entertained and engaged. Arab News captured the moments to give a glimpse of the country’s cultural colors festival.


Pakistani army chief, Saudi ambassador discuss regional security 

Updated 15 min 19 sec ago

Pakistani army chief, Saudi ambassador discuss regional security 

  • Saudi ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf Saeed Al-Malkiy calls on General Qamar Javed Bajwa
  • The two leaders discuss matters of mutual interest, bilateral defense relations 

ISLAMABAD: Nawaf Saeed Al-Malkiy, the ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan, called on Pakistani army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday and discussed the security situation in the region, the military’s media wing said. 
“Matters of mutual interest, regional security situation and bilateral defense relations between the two brotherly countries were discussed during the meeting,” the Pakistani army said in a statement.
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are longtime allies. Saudi Arabia remains the main source of Pakistan’s remittances despite global business shutdowns amid the coronavirus pandemic. The country has also loaned Pakistan billions of dollars in recent months to help stave off a balance of payments crisis, and offered oil on deferred payments.