Dr Fauzia ends 3-year stint at Lok Virsa
Dr Fauzia Saeed bid adieu to Lok Virsa at the end of her 3-years stint! It was indeed a fabulous style to step down, leaving behind a legacy to come up to. Over the 3 years, she transformed a docile institution into a vibrant entity, pulsating and thriving with warm and vibrant activity. She has accomplished what she promised the day she took over the reins of this decaying institution as she turned it around and set it galloping to the heights it once had scaled and even beyond!
Lok Virsa also organized a show to recall “cultural identity and spaces, promoting pluralism” on this occasion. The event was attended by Member of the National Assembly Ramesh Kumar, film producer Syed Noor, film star Sahira Kazmi, known writer I.A Rehman, journalist Mujahid Brahelvi, Farooq Qaiser (Uncle Sargam), artist Saleema Hashmi, Director Federal Directorate of Education Hasnat Qureshi, and Singer Arieb Azhar, who also spoke on the occasion. They highly appreciated Executive Director Lok Virsa Dr Fouzia Saeed for making efforts to promote of cultural heritage of the country. They noted that Lok Virsa had become a hub of cultural events.
Dr Fouzia Saeed on the occasion said Lok Virsa was mandated to preserve, document and promote the cultural heritage of Pakistan. She as its head made efforts to create a sense of ownership among regional cultures as well as minority communities to develop international linkages, besides infrastructure development at the premises to its financial streamlining, she added.
Later, folk artists Krishan Lal Bheel, Muskan, Mehar Anjum, Taimour Afghani, Moiz, and Niazi boys (famous song of Tufail Niazi) folk child singer, Waseem Sakhi, Salman Adil and Dr Taimur performed at show and got big applause from the audience.
Compering Workshop concludes at PNCA
A two-day Compering Workshop was organized by Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) at National Art Gallery during the week. Director General PNCA Jamal Shah was the chief guest at the concluding ceremony. In his address on the occasion, Jamal Shah said that compering is a very delicate and beautiful art form and it is the compering to take a programme to height of success or otherwise. Jamal Shah also distributed certificates among participants of the workshop.
He said that compering has become a paying job and can be adopted as a profession. Our youth has the potential to excel in field and they must work with great devotion and dedication to master in their chosen field. PNCA is always there to educate and train the youth in the field of art and culture and to familiar them with their heritage.
More than 50 students from twin cities belonging to Fatima Jinnah Women’s University, OPF College, Bahria University and other institutions participated in the workshop.
Legendry compere Kanwal Naseer and artist Basit Subhani also spoke on the importance of discipline and close relation with the heritage.
Seminar on World Cancer Day
A seminar on World Cancer Day was held at NORI Hospital, here during the week. Adviser to Prime Minister on National History and Literary Heritage (NH&LH) Division, Irfan Siddiqui who was the chief guest on the occasion announced to establish a library for visitors of the NORI hospital to create awareness on cancer. “The ministry would bear all the expenses of the library and also provide books, especially for children who come here for treatment or for those who visit with any patients to educate them about prevention of this disease”, he said.
In his address, Director NORI, Dr. Mohammad Faheem apprised the participants of the seminar that the hospital has been relieving the cancer patients from their pain, misery and distress since its inception in 1983. “Eighty percent of the patients suffering from this horrifying disease come to NORI for treatment as the hospital has state-of-the-art facilitates like Linear Accelerator etc. He added that cheap, fast and best quality service provision to the patients was the motto of NORI hospital”, he informed.
Member Admin Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), Maj. General (Retd) Munawar Ahmad Solehria said the commission was running 18 cancer hospitals throughout the country, which had been providing treatment facilities to over 8,00,000 cancer patients.
Guest of Honor on the occasion, Dr Ahmed Qidwai, Patron NPWS highlighted the importance of adopting a healthy lifestyle and inculcating the value of becoming great human being rather than a successful one.
President Green Task Force and eminent social worker Dr. Jamal Nasir and Zamurad Khan, President Pakistan Sweet Homes also addressed the gathering.