LAHORE-A Seraiki Cultural Show featuring folk music, dance performances and artisans was held at Open Air Theatre, Bagh-e-Jinnah on Saturday. The show was organized by Multan Arts Council and Punjab Council of Arts. A number of stalls selling handicrafts, bead necklaces and bracelets had been set up.

“It was a treat for the people of Lahore to see such rich culture which we are unaware of,” said Kashf Shah who was visibly happy to attend the event.

Atta Ullah Multani performed ‘Ek phool motiye da mar’ on his flute with his other group members that set the mood of the evening.

A play titled ‘Shaadi Mubarak’ was performed by 13 artists who kept the audience glued to their seat. Directed and written by Mazar Khan, the play was based on marriages of Seraiki culture. The audience enjoyed a sublime song by Sobia Malik, a singer from Multan. In the backdrop of the song, one could see camel and horse dancing to the beats of drums in the rear lawn, creating a harmony between singing and traditional dance.

Talking to this scribe, Culture Department’s Section Officer Waqar Jappa said, “More such cultural shows should be organized to highlight the dynamic creativity of our countryside and give rural folk a pride in their identity. Artists are real assets of any country and it is our responsibility to promote them,” he said. 

Speaking on the occasion Additional Secretary Information and Culture Saman Rai said, “Our aim is to promote folk music from all over Pakistan, which is not only rich but also woven into the cultural diversity of the province,” she said.