Pashto culture: Qissa Khawani-themed event planned

An English-subtitled version of ‘Yousuf Khan Sher Bano’ will be screened on September 19


APP September 10, 2015
Women cross the road in Qissa Khawani Bazaar as rain lashes the provincial capital. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD IQBAL/EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD:


A four-day festival to celebrate the identity and heritage of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) will begin September 17.


The ‘Qissa Khawani Bazaar Festival’, named after the province’s famed market, has been arranged by the National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) in collaboration with K-P’s directorate of culture.

The festival will feature a music gala, crafts exhibition, food court and other cultural expressions from the province.

On the first day of the festival, Lok Virsa will organize a book launching ceremony for ‘The Bazaar of the Storytellers’ by Wilma Heston and Mumtaz Nasir. On September 18, the final round of an ongoing rubab competition will be held.

An English-subtitled version of ‘Yousuf Khan Sher Bano’ will be screened on September 19. The film is inspired by the Pashto folk story of the same name, and was the first-ever Pashto film released in the country on December 1, 1970.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 11th, 2015.

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