On stage: GIK Institute student bodies strive to keep arts alive

Performing arts competition follows three-day festival.

Our Correspondents May 19, 2015
The festival put on a wide range of events including plays and visual art competitions. PHOTO COURTESY: EMME A2K FOTOGRAPHY

SWABI: Student societies at Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute are making endeavours to foster arts and entertainment in the country.

Earlier this month Naqsh Art Society arranged Irtiqa, a three-day festival in which people from all over Pakistan participated. A performing arts competition organised by the institute concluded on Tuesday. The competition was the third event held recently on the premises of the institute.

Tuesday’s All Pakistan Performing Arts Competition saw young artists from all over the country demonstrate their skills on a single platform.

The competition was organised by Cultural Dramatics and Entertainment Society of the institute. Renowned actor Hina Dilpazeer was invited as the chief guest in the closing ceremony of the event. She lauded performances by young actors and said they are a reflection of the fact that Pakistan is rich with talent.


The festival put on a wide range of events; day one featured something as simple as face painting but then later also saw an elaborate mime performance.

There were also educational segments to the schedule of events. The second day and third day offered learning modules on graffiti, sculpting, fashion illustration and unconventional draping, as well as calligraphy and painting from eight in the morning to four in the evening. Participants were given different themes to put their skills to test on the spot.

Pieces from the visual arts modules were judged by Rahat Yaseen from the US Embassy.

The evenings featured a Roxen concert and a fashion show where models were dressed based on the theme of the award ceremony Oscars.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 20th, 2015.


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