Artists urge govt to announce national cultural policy

ISLAMABAD, Feb 24 (APP):Renown artists from across the country Saturday urged the government to urgently announce the national cultural policy reflecting the tangible ways to promote the provincial arts and cultures.
Artists, singers and film producers, including Qavi Khan, Tina Sani, Jahan Ara, Mustafa Qureshi, Syed Noor, Naeem Tahir, Shahzad Rafique, Rubina Ashraf, Haseena Moeen, Indu Mitha and others deliberated on the state of different arts in the country and the possible way forward for their promotion on the first day of the National Artists Convention here at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA). The convention was inaugurated by Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb.
They said they were in living and working in miserable conditions and there was no mechanism to sustainably support their professional engagement.
The artists also suggested to set up academies and centres of excellence in different parts of the country. They also urged the government to take on board artists to combat the extremism and terrorism while implementing the National Action Plan.
PNCA Director General Syed Jamal Shah said arts were the source of expression that linked individuals with their surroundings. Human beings seemingly liked to be part of the society and wished to be recognised for their creativity and expression, he added.
“We need to rethink if art is the necessity then we need to develop strategic pathways to engage different segments of society in it,” he added.
Jamal Shah said the five thematic discussion groups would come up with the recommendations that would be presented to the prime minister for induction into the government’s development programme.