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Lok Virsa clebrates I-day.

Islamabad -- Maintaining its previous tradition, Lok Virsa (National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage) celebrated the Independence Day of Pakistan with a great enthusiasm, fervor and festivity at its complex here at Shakaparian.

The day started with a flag hoisting ceremony. A special exhibition of artisans-at-work featuring craftsmen/women in various specialized fields

was displayed at Pakistan National Museum of Ethnology (popularly known as Heritage Museum) at Garden Avenue. Master artisans who participated in the exhibition were Mst. Rubina Zulfiqar in Kashmiri embroidery, Taj Muhammad Tajal in Namda/Gabba making, Zulfiqar Ali Ghazi in papier mache art,

Khaleer ur Rehman in traditional truck art, Zahid in wax printing, Matahir Bukhari in Multani embroidery, Mst. Fauzia Naheed in traditional doll

making and Hafeez Nasir in Zari (needle) work.

Most prominent among them was Zulfiqar Ali Ghazi who specializes in the famous Kashmiri art of "papier mache". He excels not only in the art of papier mache and miniature but is also an accomplished artist in stain glass, fabric designing and traditional furniture painting. Ghazi paints nature, floral motifs, birds, animals, mughal monarchs in his paintings as well on papier mache artifacts. With artistic skills and creativity running

in his veins, Ghazi is determined to preserve and revive the golden era of Mughals. He has participated in scores of festivals, fairs and exhibitions at home & abroad and won cash prizes and certificates in recognition of his talent.

The other one who caught the visitor eye was Khaleer ur Rehman, creative artisan and painter in truck art from Rawalpindi. Explaining about truck art, Lok Virsa's executive director Khalid Javaid said "this colourful, sometimes dazzling, art work on vehicles and other means of transportation, which is found in abundance in Pakistan can hardly be seen anywhere else in the world. Decorations are not done only on trucks and buses but on all kinds of vehicles like tankers, mini-buses, trucks, rickshaws, tongas and even donkey carts moving on the road throughout the country".
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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Aug 15, 2012
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