“Baloch Culture Day” observed at National Art Gallery

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ISLAMABAD, MAR 2 (DNA) – Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) on Tuesday observed Balochistan culture Day aiming to promote and showcase the rich historical diverse culture of province.

“Baluchistan is land of various languages, races and cradles centuries old civilization.  All this is the identity of Baluchistan and Pakistan as well”.

This was stated by the Federal Minister for Education, National Heritage and Culture Division Shafqat Mehmood at a folk music event arranged by PNCA to observe “Baloch Culture Day” here at the National Art Gallery, Open Air Theatre, Islamabad.

This day is meant to showcase the diversity and richness of the centuries old culture, traditions, music to the people of Pakistan and the world at large, the minister added. We are committed to project the real image of Pakistan through our cultural heritage of all the areas of the country.

The minister said that PNCA regional offices would be established in each provincial capital to promote and coordinate art and culture of the country. He said that recently PNCA have signed MOUs with Province of Sindh and Gilgit Baltistan. He said that soon regional offices will be set up.

Earlier DG, PNCA Dr. Fouzia Saeed, introducing the artists of the evening said that PNCA is working on the project to open its regional offices at all the provincial capitals to streamline the cultural activities for promotion and projection of the arts and artists of far-flung areas. With the support of the present Government and artist community we hope to achieve this cherished goal. Today’s programme is a step in this direction.  Young singer from Balochistan Kehkishan”, “Nur Sur “ and”Banur “ bands presented popular Balochi tracks while university students presented folk dances of Balochistan. Banu Band started its journey from coke studio, also collaborated with famous singer Atif Aslam in Mubarik Mubarik, a festive number showcasing melodies and rhythms depicting Balochistan history and tradition.

While “Nur Sur” a unique music band of people living around the Koh-e-Suleman. Its mostly played in the time of enjoyment by the shepherd and nomad, they enjoy playing nur with its beautiful melody to remember their loved ones.

Audience immensely enjoyed the performance and commented that we are provided the opportunity to know about the traditions, music and life of other areas of Pakistan for which we are thankful to PNCA and hope this will continue on a regular basis.=DNA

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