Experts bring “Gojri Culture of Jammu & Kashmir” to limelight

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ISLAMABAD, Apr 25 (APP): Culture Experts in a session of Folk Baithak here Thursday highlighted various aspects of “Gojri Culture of Jammu & Kashmir” at the Research and Media section of National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage, Lok Virsa.

During the session, culture experts explored Gojri Culture of Jammu & Kashmir while Dr Abid and Saqib Munir Gojri, two folk singers enthralled the audience with melodious folk songs and tunes of their respective community.

Munir Ahmad Zahid, Writer and Poet and Safoora Zahid, Writer and Poetess spoke on the subject saying that there should be some steps to give representation to Gojri culture at Federal Capital and encouragement to the speakers of Gojri language.

The fortnightly Lok Baithak series of Lok Virsa aims to revive the traditional informal sittings of the rural communities which were multifaceted and used to serve the multiple purposes of sitting together, entertainment, social cohesion, knowledge sharing, creation of disciplinarian and organizational spirit and above all as hub of promotion of art and culture in these communities.

The series is open to the people of all age groups and multiple ethnicities in the style that they themselves are the speakers and listeners with the Lok Virsa as regulator and facilitator only.

Participants are encouraged and allowed to bring their musical instruments and artifacts they specialize in. They are motivated to share the values, knowledge, wisdom, stories, songs, tales, fables, epics, jokes, traditional games, riddles etc. overall everything falling within the domain of folklore of their respective regions. Amateur singers and musicians among them sing and play music, said the organizers.

 

VNS, Islamabad