A seminar, theatre and folk music performances and stalls featuring Cholistani food, clothes and footwear were the highlights of the 13th Cholistan Peace Festival organised on Wednesday by Islamia University of Bahawalpur and Cholistan Development Council.
IUB vice chancellor Prof Muhammad Mukhtar stressed the importance of promoting the traditions and cultural heritage of the Cholistan region.
He said preserving these traditions and educating the youth about the richness of their culture was vital. He said the IUB and the CDC would continue to organise similar events in the coming days.
The food stalls remained popular with the visitors throughout the day. Cholistani handicrafts including chunri, traditional footwear and clay pottery were displayed at other stalls.
Camel and horse dance performances were also arranged. Other attractions included a puppet show, a snake charmer’s performance and a dog race.
Folk dances genre Jhoomar was performed to the tune of the music played by a band of Desert Rangers. A theatre performance on “Peace My Right” was also part of the festival.
Dr Aftab Hussain Gillani of the IUB’s History and Pakistan Studies Department delivered a lecture on the ancient civilisations of Cholistan at the seminar on social history of the region. Five IUB students gave speeches on the topic Right to Inheritance in Islam.
Some of the folk artists who performed at the festival were: Kaura Bhagat, Jameel Parwana, Naseer Mastana, Haseena Khanum, Chan and Mithoo, Noori Lal, Megha Bheel, Malang Hussain and Murid Hussain.
Prof Mukhtar; National Assembly member Engineer Muhammad Baleeghur Rehman; Bahawalpur Commissioner Muhammad Mushtaq Ahmed; Deputy Attorney General of Pakistan Khan Muhammad Hussain Azad; COMSATS Sahiwal Campus director Prof Abdul Waheed Rao and Syed Murtaza Shah, Farooq Ahmed Khan, Razia Malik and Dr Muneer Azhar Chaudhary from the CDC attended the festival.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 22nd, 2011.
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