RAWALPINDI, JAN 29 /DNA/ – The opening ceremony of Gandhara Festival 2023 organized by Punjab Arts Council was held today at Gandhara Art Village Taxila.Executive Director of Pakistan Research Center for Community for Shacked Future Muhammad Khalid Taimur was the chief guest of the inauguration ceremony.
The special guest Muhammad Khalid said that today we are at the foot of the mountains of fragrances to highlight Gandhara, the great center of world cultural heritage. This region has been a mirror of different religions and today we are the heirs and trustees of this civilization. We have gathered to spread the fragrances of this civilization, to refine its art, to spread its colors, to appreciate the masterpieces of its artisans and to inspire its knowledge.
The meaning of Gandhara is the land of fragrances. Through these fairs, we will spread the fragrance of tolerance and tolerance in our country, which will stand out as a message of peace and love for humanity.Director General Punjab Arts Council Muhammad MehboobAlam while addressing the inaugural ceremony said that Pakistan has been the center of various great and ancient civilizations since time immemorial. In the bosom of this earth, different civilizations have flourished, grown and spread colors with their beating hearts since time immemorial. This land has nurtured the well-known and reliable civilizations of the world and they have highlighted scientific, literary and cultural phenomena.
Punjab is a combination of three major regions: desert, plains and pothohari regions. Punjab arts council has arranged various fairs this year to highlight Gandhara, Harappa, Indus Valley Civilization and Hakra Civilization. Director Punjab Arts Council Rawalpindi Waqar Ahmad said that the promotion of culture is one of the first priorities of the Punjab government. Along with Gandhara, Punjab Arts Council will also organize festivals on Hakra culture of Harappa, Sindhi and Cholistan. In the opening ceremony, a band from Switzerland led by wajihNizami made the audience dance. Folk singer SainZahoor.
Presented his Sufi songs in a narrative style and the audience received great applause from the audience. The followers of Buddha from Sukkur left no stone unturned in making the ceremony four moons. A large number participated. The festival will continue till February 4.