HCP EXCLUSIVE EVENT AT LOK VIRSA
On Saturday, 4 November 2017, a special event was held by Lok Virsa exclusively for the members of Harvard Club of Pakistan (HCP). The event was also open to the families and friends of HCP members and was well attended.
The highlights of event included a detailed presentation on the activities of Lok Virsa; folk musical and dance performances from different regions of Pakistan; a guided tour of the famous Heritage Museum at Lok Virsa and Hi-tea for all participants.
Dr Fouzia Saeed, Executive Director of Lok Virsa, welcomed the participants and personally gave an elaborate presentation on how Lok Virsa has been rejuvenated and made relevant to the current cultural discourse. The members were told how the interest of people of all ages and different backgrounds was revived in our traditional and folk heritage by holding regular events at more improved and refurbished facilities of Lok Virsa. The members were impressed by the amazing success Dr. Fauzia Saeed had achieved in a short span of three years as Executive Director of Lok Virsa through her passionate pursuit of its objectives of preserving and promoting our multicultural and pluralistic legacy of traditional heritage.
The audience was then enthralled by a colorful presentation of eight different regional folk dances and songs representing all regions of Pakistan. Performances included:
1. Kalash dance
2. Gilgit-Baltistan folk dance
3. Pashto folk song
4. Sindhi folk dance
5. Saraiki folk song
6. Chap folk dance
7. Punjabi folk song
8. Bhangra folk dance
Each performance showcased its local flavor of folk tradition and attired in beautiful traditional costumes, the dancers and vocalists both won the praise of entire audience with their seamless performances.
At the end of performances, Mr. Afnan Karim Kundi, President HCP, offered special thanks to Dr. Fauzia Saeed and her team in putting together such an impressive show and for their overall efforts in creating awareness about our cultural roots and the confidence it inspires in interacting with other cultures. He emphasized the need to know about and connect with our past in all respects including our culture, history and contribution in arts and sciences, etc.
The event was moderated by Mr. Qamar Abbas, Director Administration, Lok Virsa.
HCP members along with their families and friends were then given a detailed guided tour of the Heritage Museum which is one of its kind in the country. Displays presented folklore, culture, arts and history of not only different regions of Pakistan but also Central Asia, Iran, Turkey and Middle East. The participants found it thoroughly educative particularly for the information on each display provided by Ms. Nayab Kazmi of Lok Virsa who very ably conducted the tour.
All participants were then asked to proceed to the rooftop of Lok Virsa's Sharbat Point where they were entertained with Hi-tea.
MORE ON LOK VIRSA-HCP COLLABORATION
The National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (commonly known as Lok Virsa) exists to preserve and promote our folk and traditional heritage.
Located in the scenic Shakarparian of Islamabad, it has mutiple facilites including an open air theatre, a rooftop theatre, a heritage library, display areas and the famous Heritage Museum.
The Heritage Museum is one of the biggest museums on Culture in Pakistan showcasing the diversity of our beautiful culture: the crafts and living styles of Pakistani regions and some international displays to show cultural parallels and influences on ours. The museum at the Pakistan Monument is also maintained by Lok Virsa.
Led by its dynamic current Executive Director, Dr Fouzia Saeed, the Lok Virsa has been rejuvenated and converted into an attractive place for people of all ages and backgrounds. Regular events are held every month well attended by people from all walks of life including foreigners.
Their monthly calendar of events can be seen at http://lokvirsa.org.pk
As part of mutual collaboration between HCP and Lok Virsa, the HCP members and families/friends were recently entertained to a Musical Concert at Lok Virsa's newly renovated rooftop theatre.
Dr Fouzia Saeed, Executive Director of Lok Virsa now arranged this special event exclusively for the members of HCP and their families/friends.
This was definitely a treat for HCP members and our families/friends linking us with our rich cultural past - something we have lost touch with.