LAHORE - Two-day Cholistan Festival 2016 kicked off yesterday at Lahore Arts Council (Alhamra), The Mall featured colours of culturally hygiene southern Punjab’s area Cholistan traditional dance, music, arts and crafts. 

The festival has been arranged by arranged by Cholistan Development Council and Lahore Arts Council (LAC). Festival was well attended by large number of people from different walks of life who praised artisans for presenting their traditional dance and music before the audience.

Chairman Board of Directors LAC Kamran Lashari speaking to the participants at an inaugural ceremony said that these kinds of celebrations strengthen our nation and promote the peace, harmony and unity. “We can resolve our mutual problems easily with just interacting with each other at such forums. I also want to congratulate the LAC and CDCP for arranging such kind of fiesta”, he said. 

A number of food stalls where traditional and conventional dishes hail from Cholistan were set up at the festival. Number of families visited the festival on the commencing day. Along with food stalls, book stalls were also set up where Cholistan related book were placed liked by visitors.  

Shabir Farooq hails from Bahawalpur, perusing study in a private university told The Nation that these kinds of festival are encouraging for people living in remote areas of Punjab especially Cholistan who has its own unique culture highlighted in such a beautiful way in the already welcoming atmosphere of Lahore.

LAC executive director Captian (rtd) Atta Muhammad Khan said that we have to take step through which peace would prevail in the society and with arrangements made for the this festival where Cholistan unique culture is exhibited with full of colours is a little step taken by LAC’s vision to highlight and promote every indigenous and local culture. “The Cholistan Festival would united our cultural heritage and strengthen the ties among the people living in different areas of the country”, he said.

Cholistan is famous for its leatherwork, pottery, small scale and home-based textile industries and cloth weaving. Ajrak is the specially of Cholistan immensely popular all over the world for its unique set of colours and patterns. People of Cholistan often wear bright coloured clothes. Cholistan located at Bahawalpur also adjoins Thar Desert extended to Sindh.

Cholistan Development Council executive director Farooq Ahmed Khan said that people’s response has been great and people has been showed a lot of interest in knowing the culture of Cholistan which hs been unique in its own history.

The festival will remain continue today.