Seminar on sharing heritage through music held at Lok Virsa


ISLAMABAD: Canada High Commission in collaboration with National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) on Friday organised a workshop on “Sharing heritage and expanding the musical community” at Lok Virsa Media Centre.

The workshop was attended by Canadian High Commissioner to Pakistan Perry John Calderwood, Lok Virsa Executive Director Shaheera Shahid, Canadian Music Group A Tribe Called Red (ATCR) and Pakistani artists, including Indu Mitha, Araib Azhar, and a large number audience. The Canadian and Pakistani musicians shared their experiences with each other in the field of music.

Canadian High Commissioner Perry John Calderwood, in his remarks, thanked Lok Virsa for hosting the seminar on Pakistan and Canada’s music. He said that it is really good to share the culture of both countries as it would further strengthen relations between the two countries. He said that cultural promotion plays a constructive role in the development of societies. He said that young people are playing a very important role in the promotion of the soft image of their respective nations.

The Canadian high commissioner said that ATCR represents both rich musical history that predates the founding of Canada and the modern Canadian culture.

Earlier, Lok Virsa Executive Director Shaheera Shahid welcomed the rising music group ATCR of Canada. She said that such interactions would promote cultural ties between the countries. She also said that Lok Virsa is making efforts to promote the culture and arts of the country by organising various events. She said that Lok Virsa would continue its efforts to organise more such seminars with national and international musicians and artists.

The Canadian music group representative said that it was an amazing experience to come to Pakistan and share their experiences with local musicians, adding that his music group would like to collaborate with Pakistani musicians. He also expressed the desire to collaborate with Pakistan musicians to produce a fusion of their music in the future.