ISLAMABAD, Apr 24 (APP):The Research and Media section of National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage, Lok Virsa will hold its next session of Lok Baithak to discuss the “Gojri Culture of Jammu & Kashmir” here on April 25.

The main purpose of the program is to revive the traditional informal sittings of the rural communities as these Lok Baithaks were multifaceted and used to serve the multiple purposes of associationalism, camaraderie, entertainment, social cohesion, knowledge sharing, creation of disciplinarian and organizational spirit, and above all as hub of promotion of art and culture in these communities.

During the session, culture experts will explore Gojri Culture of Jammu & Kashmir. Munir Ahmad Zahid, Writer and Poet and Safoora Zahid, Writer and Poetess will speak on the subject. Dr Abid and Saqib Munir Gojri, two folk singers, will enthrall audience with melodious folk songs and tunes of their respective community.

This program is open to the people of all age groups and multiple ethnicities in the style that they themselves are the speakers and listeners with the Lok Virsa as regulator and facilitator only.

Participants are encouraged and allowed to bring their musical instruments and artifacts they specialize in. They are motivated to share the values, knowledge, wisdom, stories, songs, tales, fables, epics, jokes, traditional games, riddles etc. overall everything falling within the domain of folklore of their respective regions. Amateur singers and musicians among them sing and play music, said the organizers.