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President inaugurates exhibition on Cultural Heritage

Islamabad, March 21, 2014 (PPI-OT): President Mamnoon Hussain today inaugurated a 3-day Exhibition on Cultural Heritage organized by the National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) here at Shakarparian.

The Exhibition is a part of week-long celebrations to mark Pakistan Day falling on 23 March 2014. The series of event included inauguration ceremony of polo ground at Islamabad Club performed by the President yesterday followed by the inauguration of 3-day long cultural exhibition today at the Lok Virsa to show case the cultural treasures of the country.

A special program organized by Pakistan Television Corporation was also held at the Aiwan-e-Sadr today to commemorate the forthcoming day in a befitting manner. The other programs in this series include inauguration of Exhibition of Pakistan Art at PNCA Islamabad on Saturday and a Mushaira of leading poets of the country at Islamabad on Sunday.

While briefing about the 3-day long Exhibition at Lok virsa which has been inaugurated by the President today, Press Secretary to the President said that master artisans in different specialized craft fields such as embroidery, metal work, weaving, doll making, Ajrak making, papier mache, gemonstones, block printing, etc. are participating in this exhibition from all over Pakistan.

She said that the President took keen interest in the skills demonstrated by master artisans from Hunza in pattu, a woolen cloth used to make traditional dresses and caps, Farasi weaving, floor rug from Badin, Sindh and block printing from Karor Pacca, Punjab province.

The President was also taken around to various three dimensional cultural displays in the Pakistan National Museum of Ethnology, popularly known as Heritage Museum, depicting the living cultural traditions and lifestyles of the people of Pakistan.

The President was impressed to see the cultural displays on Hall of Antiquity and Continuity showing living elements of different ancient civilizations, Ballads and Romances, rural life of Punjab province and wedding rituals of Cholistan desert.

Later, the President witnessed a special cultural show hosted by Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage at the Heritage Museum. Folk artists, musicians and performers from all provinces, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan gave enthralling performances on occasion, which were greatly appreciated by the audience.

The President was pleased to award prizes for the participating artists and musicians in recognition of their talent. A number of diplomats and high ranking officials also attended and enjoyed the performances.

While recording his comments in the visitor book, the President lauded the efforts of Lok Virsa and its management in documenting and preserving the rich cultural heritage of Pakistan in such an artistic and professional manner.

Earlier on arrival, the President was warmly received by Dr. Nazir Saeed, Secretary Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage and Mrs. Shahera Shahid, Executive Director, Lok Virsa.

For more information, contact:
Haji Ahmed Malik
Principal Information Officer
Press Information Department (PID)
Tel: +9251 925 2323 and +9251 925 2324
Fax: +9251 925 2325 and +9251 925 2326
Email: piopid@gmail.com

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