Lok Virsa opens new diorama on ethnic wedding costumes at Heritage Museum


ISLAMABAD: The National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage, Lok Virsa has created a new diorama on the ethnic wedding and other traditional costumes of Pakistani from all provinces, Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and Kashmir.

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Additional Secretary Zahida Parveen was the chief guest of the opening ceremony of the diorama held on Thursday at the Heritage Museum.

In her welcome address, Lok Virsa Executive Director Shahira Shahid said that Lok Virsa is a national institution and works in close collaboration with all provincial culture departments, arts councils and community-based organisations for the promotion of their indigenous folk culture.

The ceremony featured a specially-produced traditional wedding costumes show presented by male and female ramp models on tunes of popular folk musical instruments including the rabab, santoor, alghoza, dandung, saroz and flute.

Live folk musical performances by folk artists and folk musicians are also included in the programme.

Additional Secretary Zahida Parveen spoke on the occasion and commended Lok Virsa’s efforts for materialising the project in a beautiful and effective way.

“The fascinating thing about the Heritage Museum is that it presents history and living traditions of the people of Pakistan, both from the mainstream and the remotest regions of the country”, she said.

Lok Virsa is a specialised institution dealing with research, collection, documentation, preservation and dissemination of Pakistan’s traditional culture. Established in the year 1974, the institute has made notable achievements in the field of culture at home and abroad.