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Government College University literary festival
« on: March 18, 2018, 01:47:24 PM »
Government College University literary festival
LAHORE :18 March:The three-day sixth international conference on education titled as “Beyond Classroom” concluded at University of Education Speakers at the Ravians Literary Festival at Government College University (GCU) on Saturday highlighted the need to protect tangible and intangible cultural heritage of Lahore.

“We understand the change is inevitable but it should not be at the cost of cultural heritage,” said Architect Nayyar Ali Dada while addressing the opening session of the festival on “Evolution of Lahore”.

The one-day festival was comprised of five sessions. It was organised by GCU’s Old Ravians Union (ORU). The speakers asked the government to protect the city’s old buildings especially located inside the Walled City.

Satirical writer Anwar Maqsood, Architect Kamil Khan Mumtaz, Writer Fakir Syed Aijaz-ud-Din, and Anchor Hamid Mir addressed the opening session moderated by Historian Faisal Sajjad.

Syed Aijaz-ud-Din said cultural heritage was the soul of Lahore. He said not only the physical heritage but also the intangible social attributes of Lahori society inherited from generations to generations were diminishing.

Kamil Khan highlighted that most of the owners of the old buildings had moved to modern areas of Lahore and now very poor people were residing in these buildings who didn’t have enough resources to conserve them.

Government College University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said writers, media and civil society had responsibility towards raising awareness in the society about the importance of culture heritage. All Pakistan Music Conference Secretary General and Professor of Philosophy Dr Ghazala Irfan chaired a session on “Classical Music in Pakistan” which was addressed by Ustad Fateh Ali Khan’s son Rustam Fateh Ali Khan, Singer Jawwad Ahmed and music master Tariq Suleman Khan Farhani.

The musicians said unfortunately music had become a commodity modern economy. “It doesn’t matter how much good you are you can’t become successful now if you are not commercial,” said Jawwad Ahmed. Rustam Fateh Ali Khan said the government must support the artists so they could concentrate on their work instead of worrying about the economic needs.

The session “Future of Theatre in Pakistan” was addressed by veteran artists Irfan Khoosat and Sania Saeed. They said a good theater was must for the reformation of society. The government must support it instead of levying taxes on it. The news.
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