ISLAMABAD - As many as 83 Sikh Yatrees from Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Newzealand visited the National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage, Lok Virsa here Thursday as part of their visit to Pakistan for pilgrimage.

On arrival, the delegates were received by senior officials of Lok Virsa Heritage Museum and briefed about important aspects of Pakistan’s traditional culture with special emphasis on the mandate and functioning of Lok Virsa as a specialized body working towards documentation, preservation and dissemination of cultural heritage.

Later they took a round of the Pakistan National Museum of Ethnology, popularly known as the Heritage Museum, spreading over 60,000 square feet of area portraying living cultural traditions and lifestyles of the people of Pakistan depicted in dioramas and cultural displays in museum.

The distinguished delegates took keen interest in displays including halls of Sufis, Balads and Romances, folk tales, textile, women at work, wedding rituals in Cholistan desert, silk thread and hall of architecture , cultural heritage of Punjab, Truck art, cultural linkages with Iran, music heritage etc.

             “The Sikh Yatrees are ambassadors of the soft image of Pakistan. Their visit to Lok Virsa is to enable them to get glimpses of Pakistani culture and history. Pakistan has a very rich, diverse and beautiful culture which has been nicely presented in this museum”, said Taranjeet Singh, Head of the delegation. Representing the cultural heritage through various displays that include the architectural heritage, sufi traditions, regional portrayal and way of living of people, museum represents the culture of all four provinces, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.  The museum shows the tradition through the ages, accounting for most of the cultural changes and influences along the way.

      Every gallery of the museum imparts the essence of a bygone era, replete with the traditions, costumes, jewelry and folklore, and ending with depictions of the present folk heritage of the four provinces of Pakistan. The visit was followed by a lunch at Saidpur village.