‘PNCA to set up offices in provincial capitals’

Shafqat Mahmood says govt promoting cultural heritage

Our Correspondent March 03, 2021


The Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) will establish regional offices in every provincial capital, said Federal Minister for National Heritage and Culture Division Shafqat Mahmood at a folk music event.

PNCA’s regional offices would promote and coordinate the art and cultural activities in the country, Mahmood said reminding that recently the PNCA had signed MOUs with the Sindh and GilgitBaltistan governments in this regard.

He was speaking at the Balochistan Culture Day organised by the PNCA at the National Art Gallery, Open Air Theatre, Islamabad. Balochistan is a land of various languages, people, and cradles centuries’ old civilisation, all this is the identity of Balochistan and Pakistan as well, he said speaking at the event held to promote and showcase the rich historical diverse culture of the province.

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,” said the minister for national heritage and culture division.

Earlier DG, PNCA Dr Fouzia Saeed introducing the artistes 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 artistes of far-flung areas.

A young singer from Balochistan, Kehkishan Khan besides the Nur Sur and Banur bands presented popular Balochi tracks while university students presented folk dances of Balochistan.

Banur Band started its journey from Coke Studio, also collaborated with famous singer Atif Aslam in Mubarik Mubarik, a festive number showcasing marriage melodies and rhythms depicting Balochistan history and tradition.

Nur Sur is a unique music band of people living around the Koh-e-Suleman. It mostly plays songs of shepherds and nomads they sing in memory of their loved ones.


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