Black Day: Youngsters employ talent to express empathy with Kashmiri brethren

Art and photo exhibit, tableau, musical performances and speeches delivered

Zulfiqar Baig October 28, 2018
Children keenly look at photos of the Kashmir struggle at an exhibition organised at the PNCA in Islamabad to observe Kashmir Black Day. PHOTO: ONLINE

ISLAMABAD: The capital’s youngsters on Saturday expressed their empathy with the extreme situation their Kashmiri brothers and sisters were facing in Indian Occupied Kashmir through a host of activities.

The activities were part of the Pakistan National Council of the Arts’ (PNCA) programme to observe ‘Black Day’ in solidarity with residents of Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK). It was on this day in 1947 when the Indian military invaded Kashmir and started an occupation which continues to date.

As part of the day-long programme, the PNCA organised a number of talent activities on the theme. This included an exhibition of paintings and photographs by eminent artists which reflected the violence inflicted upon Kashmiri civilians by the occupying Indian forces and narrated the struggle of innocent Kashmiri people who are fighting for their independence and rights of self-determination.

A puppet show was also organised to highlight the hardships of Kashmiri people in IOK.  The show espoused the Kashmiri struggle for independence and presented a Kashmir dance.

Later, a tableau was performed by the students of various educational institutions. The young artists displayed the oppression the Kashmiris are currently facing at the hands of Indian forces. The tableau gave hope to the Kashmiri freedom for struggle and paid tribute to the freedom fighters and martyrs.

The PNCA also organised a speech contest among school children.

The musical performance paid tribute to freedom fighters of Kashmir by presenting popular Kashmiri folk music and songs. The young artists also presented folk dances of Kashmir.

The day-long activities concluded with participating students and winners of the speech contest getting prizes.

PNCA Director General Jamal Shah said that they had arranged various cultural activities to observe the day. He added that such events were aimed at showing solidarity with Kashmiris brothers who were fighting for their self-determination.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 28th, 2018.


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