Independence Day celebrations: MPA urges youth to stay in touch with cultural roots

Published: August 23, 2016
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Actors perform in a stage play based on national solidarity, titled ‘Azadi’, which was arranged by the Rawalpindi Arts Council to mark Independence Day celebrations. PHOTOS: MUHAMMAD JAVAID/EXPRESS

Actors perform in a stage play based on national solidarity, titled ‘Azadi’, which was arranged by the Rawalpindi Arts Council to mark Independence Day celebrations. PHOTOS: MUHAMMAD JAVAID/EXPRESS

Actors perform in a stage play based on national solidarity, titled ‘Azadi’, which was arranged by the Rawalpindi Arts Council to mark Independence Day celebrations. PHOTOS: MUHAMMAD JAVAID/EXPRESS Actors perform in a stage play based on national solidarity, titled ‘Azadi’, which was arranged by the Rawalpindi Arts Council to mark Independence Day celebrations. PHOTOS: MUHAMMAD JAVAID/EXPRESS

A Punjabi assembly member has urged the youth not to lose connection with local culture and traditions. MPA Lubna Rehan Pirzada was speaking at the screening of a drama at the Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC).

In connection with the Independence Day celebrations,  the RAC staged a family drama “Azadi” focusing on the idea of national solidarity on Monday, said a press release.

The play was a take on the contradictions between civilisations and that between the proverbial East and the West.

It was written and directed by Syed Saleem Afandi.

Punjab Assembly Member Lubna Rehan Pirzada was the chief guest on the occasion. Naheed Manzoor and Resident Director Waqar Ahmed also attended the family drama. The drama focused on the idea of national solidarity.

“We are forgetting our civilisation by adopting the Western civilization, which is a tragedy,” she was of the opinion.

Pirzada, in her addressing on the occasion, said that RAC was the sole place of entertainment in the region where families from the twin cities came and watched dramas.

Sapna Shah, Saleem Afandi, Liaqat Shah, Jhalak Ali, Tahir Sherazi, Ali Shan, Fahad Sheikh, Salman, Abdul Sattar, Saleem Qureshi, Arshad Mirza, Imran Chaudhary, Anjum Abbasi, Naeem Khan and Masood Khawaja performed in the drama.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 23rd, 2016.

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