Traditional KP music, dances draw crowds to Lok Mela
PESHAWAR: Traditional dances including Khattak and Mahsud attanr attracted large numbers of domestic and foreign tourists, which were performed on the sidelines of Lok Mela 2021.
Visitors enjoyed traditional music and dances performed by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Balochistan, Sindh, Azad Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan at the auditorium of the Punjab Council of Arts.
The KP Khattak, FC and Mahsud attanr and rabab mangay dances were uniquely styled, which stole the show. The artists received thunderous applause from the audience, according to a press release.
The KP pavilion created by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Culture and Tourism Authority (KPCTA) under the aegis of the Department of Sports, Tourism, Archeology, Culture, Museums and Youth in Lok Mela was the center of attraction for tourists and visitors, including men, women and children.
The KPCTA set up 30 stalls at the KP pavilion to showcase the cultural and traditional potential of crafts and tourism to attract more tourists to the province.
Craftsmen from across KP including Abbottabad, Dera Ismail Khan, Haripur, Swabi, Charsadda, Mansehra, Peshawar, Chitral and elsewhere erected stalls that showcase cultural and traditional crafts, gourmet cuisine and music.
Many visitors made their way to the KP pavilion which exhibited handicrafts including Swati shawls, Kalash, Khadar, embroidery, Taghar work, Bannu Royal Khaadi, stone carving, Peshawari caps and chapal, wax painting, work of the metal, wood carving, artwork, calligraphy, ring making, sitar making, Chitrali Patti, Gandhara Art, Drooza chappal, Sarghashay, Charsadda chappal, maizaray work, Karawa work, Sarkha, Dandas, Parunay, work of pottery, Qehwa, blacksmith work, work of Hazara Jisti Shawl and Moti and cultural objects and jewelry made of copper and stone.
The KPCTA has also set up a special office to provide information on the cultural and tourism potential of the province through brochures, posters, booklets, video documentaries and leaflets so that families and visitors can obtain information. details on tourist attractions and cultural diversity.
Besides the entertainment segments, the display of cultural material at the festival has proven to be essential in educating visitors to value the arts and crafts of the country.