ISLAMABAD – Children from various educational institutions of twin cities mesmerized the audience with a colorful cultural show here Thursday to mark Iqbal Day. Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) and Ministry of National Heritage and Integration arranged the show to highlight messages, thoughts and ideology of Allama Iqbal through skits, tableaus and other peng arts.

Children presented speeches, Kalam-e-Iqbal and Tableaus on poetry of Iqbal highlighting the memories of heroes of Pakistan Movement and their sacrifices which led to the creation of a separate homeland for the Muslims of the Sub-continent.

Celebrating the national days with art and cultural programmes is a regular feature of PNCA’s activities that not only celebrate the occasion but also involve young talent to create awareness among the masses about the importance of historical days, said Director General PNCA, Tauqeer Nasir while talking to this news agency.

“Involvement of students for highlighting the contributions of national heroes and significance of national days through tableaus and songs, give them an opportunity to understand the history and ideologies of such events in its true perspective,” he said.

Besides depicting the culture and traditions of the country, such shows also educate the youth regarding the struggle of freedom fighters through soft expressions of art, he said.

The nation celebrates Iqbal Day to celebrate the birth anniversary of the great poet and philosopher of the Sub-continent, Allama Muhammad Iqbal whose vision of an independent state was the inspiration for the creation of Pakistan.