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artISLAMABAD: Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) organized over 100 programmes from July 2010 to April 2011 to promote art and cultural activities in the country.

The cultural programmes of PNCA primarily focussed on educating youth about their rich cultural heritage and providing entertainment blended with information for people of all ages.

Talking to APP, Tauqeer Nasir, Director General PNCA said that his organization doubled the activities on visual and performing arts, literature and culture during the last few months to engage people in healthy programmes and preserve and promote cultural heritage of Pakistan among the coming generations.

Besides cultural weeks of various embassies, the PNCA organized a number of musical programmes mainly to acknowledge the services of dying music maestros and pay tributes to those who spent their entire in serving the nation through music.

Youth drama festivals, youth shows on performing arts, singing and dancing and some art workshops brought the talented budding artists to the stage of PNCA through talent hunt programme in which youth not only showcased their hidden abilities but also got opportunities to perform nationwide.

The programmes started from July 2011 include Islamic programmes like calligraphy exhibition and competition, Seminar on "Cultural  Aspects in the Poetry of Sachal Sarmast" at NPAG Karachi, Summer Arts and Music Classes, Seminar in the memory of famous drama artist Mehmood Ali, Performance of PNCA Puppet Theater and Sufi Aman Mela in collaboration with Pakistan Army at Kalam, Talent Discovery Project for Talent Bank at PNCA, Puppet

shows and workshops for the students of NCA,  Japanese cultural day, China Cultural Week in  connection with 61st Anniversary of founding of the People's Republic of China at PNCA, Performance of PNCA Puppet Theater at Gilgit, Shigher and Jutial and Sarangi Classes at Lahore.

The cultural activities also include National Exhibition of Calligraphy at NAG, Drama Workshop at PNCA, Haiku Mushaira, Painting Exhibition by Iqbal Hussain at NAG, Cultural Programme and Puppet Show in honour of Foreign Delegates of National Defense University (NDU), evening with Ali Ejaz, Lecture on "Haqeeqat Aur Majaaz" by Prof. Ahmed Rafiq Akhtar, Korean Film Festival, Exhibition of world music instruments "Silent Decibels-The art of music", Iqbal Day Celebrations, Portrait and Photographic Exhibition (on the 83rd Birth Anniversary of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto), "Jashn-e-Faiz"(on the 100th Birth Anniversary of Faiz Ahmed Faiz), Painting Exhibition "Portraits  of Quaid-e-Azam", Play "Roshni Ka Safar" - A tribute to Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, Art Exhibition of young artists of Sindh at PACC Karachi and Painting Exhibition by renowned

artist Ghulam Rasul.

For promotion of music,some musical evenings with vocalists like Aliya Rasheed, Allah Lok Phakawaji, Imran Khwaja, Sana Riaz, Meekal Hasan Band, Tabla Maestro Ustad Tafoo and Dr. Masooma, Egyptian and Pakistani Musicians, renowned Ghazal Singer Ghulam Ali and Ustad Hamid Ali Khan while Qawali Night, "Surr ki  Shaam - Hameed Ali Khan aur un kay shaagirdon kay naam", Musical programme on the death Anniversary of Melody Queen Noor Jehan, Performance of Dying Musical Instruments, Mushaira and Dance Performances were also organized.

Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2011

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