Lok Virsa explores cultural heritage of Gilgit-Baltistan

ISLAMABAD: The National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage, Lok Virsa has documented the cultural heritage of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) with the aim to promote its indigenous folk culture and craft heritage. The Lok Virsa administration has carried out an extensive research fieldwork in Gilgit-Baltistan, which was assigned for research, collection, documentation, preservation, and dissemination of Pakistan’s traditional culture, including both tangible and intangible cultural heritage. An official of Lok Virsa said that recognising the need, the new management of Lok Virsa deputed a five-member team of professionals headed by Deputy Director Anwaarul Haq on a museum-related research field tour of Gilgit-Baltistan in June. The team was assigned to authenticate existing data of the craftspeople already registered with Lok Virsa, to identify new unexplored talent of the master artisans, folk artists, folk musicians, and folk dance groups as well as to make ethnological/craft collections from bonafide craftspeople for the Pakistan National Museum of Ethnology, popularly known as the Heritage Museum at Shakaparian. The team undertook the assignment by adopting the mechanism of interviews of traditional practitioners on-location visits to workplaces, making audio visuals and photographic documentation of relevant crafts, craftspeople, folk artists, and musicians. 

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