ISLAMABAD: The Lok Mela which kicked-off on last Friday is pulling the crowds at Lok Virsa complex, Garden Avenue, Shakaparian.
A large number of the residents of twin cities of Rawalpindi/Islamabad from different walks of life are thronging festival daily. The main attraction of the festival are artisans-at-work exhibition, folkloric performances, song and dance ensembles, traditional cuisine, arts & craft bazaar, etc.
Apart from other activities, a number of folk artists, rural performers, folk musicians and folk dance groups are also participating in the event and providing a healthy entertainment to the visitors.
Colourful puppet shows at Lok Mela are serving as major attraction for children. Lok Virsa in collaboration with Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) is presenting puppet show daily at its open air theatre. The National Puppet Theatre showcases the skills of its puppeteers featuring vibrant costumed puppets and present Folk Tales, Skits, regional dances and national songs to provide infotainment for young minds to engage them in healthy activities daily at open air theatre of Lok Virsa.These shows highlight various issues like health, education and environment etc. through stories with lessons. Children along with parents attend the show.
The show is a regular feature of PNCA and Lok Virsa that promotes culture and
traditions among the children with understanding of their folk legacies which is an important part of their training. Preservation and promotion of cultural heritage and traditional values maintain the identity of a nation and boosts the confidence of the young generation.
A Fusion night was also held on 8th November 2023 presented by Ashraf Ali and Group during Lok Mela at Lok Virsa open air theatre presented fusion pop music with folk and sufi songs.