ISLAMABAD - A 10-member parliamentary delegation from Indonesia led by Elviana visited the National Institute of Folk & Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) on Wednesday.
Shahera Shahid, executive director, and other senior officers of Lok Virsa received the delegates on arrival. They were briefed about salient features of Pakistan's traditional culture with special reference to the role and functioning of Lok Virsa as a cultural institution dealing with collection, documentation and preservation of Pakistan's cultural heritage.
The delegation was taken around various three-dimensional creative displays depicting living cultural traditions and lifestyles of the people at the Pakistan National Museum of Ethnology, popularly known as Heritage Museum.
The museum is housed over 25 large galleries and several link passages showing Pakistan's cultural history and influences with neighbouring and brotherly countries such as China, Iran, Central Asian States and Saudi Arabia.
The delegation took keen interest in the diorama of "truck art" which is a colourful and dazzling artwork done on vehicles specially trucks, buses and rickshaws and found in abundance in Pakistan.
The delegates were also amazed to see the dying skills beautifully displayed with their techniques in the "Hall of Architecture" highlighting contribution of Mughal emperors. While recording her comments in the visitors' book, the leader of the delegation lauded efforts of Lok Virsa in documenting and preserving the rich cultural heritage of Pakistan. A short live musical performance by folk artists and musicians was also arranged for the visiting delegates. Later, the delegates also paid a visit to the Pakistan Monument Museum, adjacent to National Monument and witnessed the displays depicting birth, history, freedom movement and development of Pakistan as a progressive state.