The galvanising power of art

Two days, Saturday and Sunday, will certainly go down as really memorable in the cultural calendar of the city, as days which would wipe out all paranoid fears about the future of the country, about the “dangers posed” by the widely varying ethnic and cultural diversity.

This was amply borne out by the two-day Lok Mela (folk festival) sponsored jointly by I AM KARACHI, Islamabad’s Lok Virsa, and the Arts Council, Karachi.  It was a cultural representation from all parts of the country, the most far-flung areas, from Hunza in the extreme northeast to Kafiristan (Chitral) in the extreme northwest, to Balochistan in the extreme southwest, from Punjab, from Sindh and from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

From the reputedly Greek origin people and culture of Kafiristan, to the Negroid Mekranis of Balochistan, all were fully represented. They all seemed to present their characteristic cultural expression with pride, and the best part of it all was that the massive audience most…

Original published: 2017-11-14 05:00:00 Read the full Karachi News here

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