ISLAMABAD, Nov 6 (APP): National Institute of Folk and Traditional
Heritage, Lok Virsa will start the next workshop of its Craft of Month
Programme to engage the young craft persons with master artisans in
Doll Making.
Master craftsmen will guide the youngsters on the art of doll
making creating ethnic dolls dressed up in the traditional costumes to
highlight Pakistan’s folk culture and its living traditions practiced
by a dominant majority of its people.
The programme focuses on the slogan of “Harnessing Culture with
Education” with the objective to highlight a particular craft every
month for a week with the major emphasis to promote traditional crafts
and provide an opportunity to the youth community, who has little or
no exposure to the living cultural heritage of Pakistan, to interact
with craftspeople and learn essential craft related techniques.
These craft-persons will not only display their crafts and make
them in front of the people but will also teach and have materials
for them to experiment with the medium. This will give a hands on
opportunity to become familiar with the folk crafts, said the organizers.
The program creates a link between culture and education; encourage
students/youth to value dignity of labor; foster ownership for their
culture, inculcate respect for different professions and character
building; help understand the contributions of artisans in the
sustainable development of their community and country at large;
engage students/youth in creative works by providing them on-ground
opportunities to learn the crafts from artisans; recognize the hard
work of artisans associated with various crafts in order to ensure
continuity of the crafts from generation to generations and document,
promote and preserve the crafts of Pakistan.
The activities of the program include introduction of master
artisans and participants, demonstration of crafts by artisans, history
and present standing of the craft, reading material to be provided by
master artisans and Lok Virsa, learning about various techniques of
crafts and material used in creating crafts and students and youth
at work with craft preparation.
During the program, youth students will also prepare write up on
the craft by using the available material while the participating youth
students will also display their art works.
The program aims to promote and perpetuate traditional skills of
Pakistan, provide knowledge to younger generation about the importance
and utility of different crafts and serve as an opportunity for youth
to learn about Pakistan’s rich, diverse and pluralistic cultural tapestry.
Meanwhile, Mandwa – the film club of Lok Virsa will resume its
activities with a French film `The Son’ here on November 7.
One of the Top ten films of the Year 2002, the nerve-wracking
suspense thriller movie from France-Belgium explores the bitter
relationship between a man who has lost his son and a young boy
who wants to take up an assignment as apprentice.
The film won several awards and is known as one of the 50
Best Movies of the Decade (2000-2009), ranking at number 8.
The Mandwa club was screening movies on every weekend to provide
healthy entertainment to the fun lovers of the twin cities as well as
revive the fading culture of classical cinema.