In line with its mandate to document, preserve and project the cultural heritage of Pakistan, Lok Virsa (National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage) is trying to inculcate awareness among the youth by providing them maximum access to its cultural, research and audio visual facilities, said a press release issued by the institute here on Friday.
Among other initiatives taken a Lok Virsa, Children Folklore Society has been established in a number of remote areas in Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh. Also, students are allowed free entry to the National Heritage Museum and Pakistan Monument Museum on Fridays (with rebated tickets on rest of the week days).
The subject of “Musicology” has also been introduced, which will be taught by German experts at the National Institute of Cultural Studies (NICS) which is being run under private-public partnership programme and a professional facility for university students and scholars intending to do research work on Pakistan’s cultural heritage, oral traditions, ethnology, ethnography arts and crafts and related disciplines.
“Lok Virsa intends to colour the youth’s imagination with hues of our local culture. This, we believe would familiarise them with our values embodied in folk traditions and promote peace, love, harmony, forgiveness, tolerance and care.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 8th, 2011.
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