Islamabad-National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) opened a ‘heritage shop’ at its premises with an aim to further promote culture of the country.

Sri Lanka High Commissioner LKJC Parera inaugurated the shop as the chief guest. Renowned artist and board member of Lok Virsa Farooq Qaiser was guest of honour on the occasion.

Addressing the participants, Executive Director Lok Virsa Dr Fouzia Saeed said that the project was conceptualised and executed with an aim to promote and safeguard traditional values. “Hopefully, the visitors would like this corner and get connected with their rich cultural background so it is easily transformed to next generation,” she added. She said that the heritage shop would provide an opportunity to the visitors to buy videos and CDs of renowned folk artists with having their performances and songs, documentaries, folk books and Lok Virsa’s publications of their choice.

The ED urged the public to come Lok Virsa to reignite their cultural values. “Come here with families to relax and educate yourself culturally,” she added.

Farooq Qaiser said that under the current leadership, the Lok Virsa achieved many milestones and introducing the heritage shop was one of them. He praised the efforts of Lok Virsa in preserving the indigenous folk culture of Pakistan in such a beautiful manner. Sri Lankan High Commissioner said expressed his pleasure over the move and said that Lok Virsa had become quite a spectacular place.

National art exhibition to be

 inaugurated today

The 9th national exhibition will be inaugurated at Pakistan National Council of the Arts today. Prior to the two-month long event, the PNCA organised a series of regional exhibitions representing the provinces which were given relevant context according to the cultural heritage of the land.  An official of the PNCA  said that the exhibitions represented land, life, people and cultural diversity of the country, which, he said, culminated into national exhibition as its work was selected by competent committees from all regional exhibitions.

The exhibition includes works of almost 500 artists from all over Pakistan. The artists have used broad spectrum of formats and techniques including painting, sculpture, calligraphy, photography, miniature installations and videos.