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Cultural Roundtable stimulates new spirit for preserving rich cultural heritage of KP.

PESHAWAR, October 14, 2010 (Balochistan Times): A day long Cultural Roundtable Workshop inculcated a new spirit amongst the heritage lovers, archaeologists, historians, mediamen and artists to initiate efforts for revival and preservation of the lost cultural glory of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by portraying its rich archaeological importance besides hospitability and tourism potential. The roundtable workshop, first ever of its kind in the history of the province, was organized by Cultural Directorate and Sarhad Tourism Corporation (STC). Provincial Minister for Sports, Culture, Tourism and Archaeology, Syed Aaqil Shah was chief guest on the occasion while experts from different sections including artists, archaeologists, tour operators, heritage lovers, artisans, academicians, hoteliers, conservationists and historians were invited in the roundtable for seeking their suggestions for revival of cultural activities in the province. In the welcome address, Provincial Secretary Culture, Azam Khan said that we need suggestions from people interested in preservation of culture and heritage. Besides suggestions, he added, guidance should also be given for implementation of the proposals. Speaking on the occasion, Provincial Minister for Culture, Syed Aaqil Shah apprised the participants that present government is serious in revival of cultural activities in the province. The ongoing wave of militancy and terrorism has badly damaged cultural activities in the province and if concrete measures were not taken the legendary and rich culture of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa would lost. He said it is very deplorable that new generation of our region is not aware about the cultural identities of KP like Hujra (Male guest house), Qehwa Khana (Tea shop) etc. The Culture department, Aaqil continued, has set up Culture Directorate which didnt exist in the province. The same directorate has prepared a schedule of calendar for holding cultural activities at Nishter Hall. Similarly, he added, a state of the Art Gallery will be set up at the parking area of Nishter Hall. The provincial government has also decided to purchase houses of Kapok family and Dilip Kumar, legends of Indian film industry who belong to Peshawar, for preservation. The historic Gor Khutree, an ancient archaeological site in the interior Peshawar city, will be converted as a culture center where the artisans of different arts will be provided stall for display and sale of their artefacts. The Culture Directorate is also preparing a complete Database (Who is Who) about the cultural asset of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Earlier participants of the Cultural Roundtable held open discussion in presence of Culture Minister and later presented suggestions after holding group discussion on different issues. The gist of the suggestions for reviving and preservation of culture of the province include setting up of a literary body in pattern with Academy of Letters for patronizing of poets and writers in the province, preparation of the director of writers and poets, announcement of awards for female writers, utilization of Nishter Hall for promotion of culture activities, setting up of cultural clubs in schools, colleges and universities, inclusion of music classes in educational institutions, setting up of art gallery in the province and measures for involvement of youth in understanding and preserving culture.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Article Type:Discussion
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Oct 14, 2010
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