LAHORE - Pakistan National Council of Arts and Shakir Ali Museum and Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage in collaboration with Lahore Arts Council celebrated Independence Day at Alhamra yesterday.

People from all walks of life including PNCA Chairman Syed Ifthikhar Hussain Babar, PNCA director Amna Patudi, Lahore Arts Council Chairman Kamra Lashari, Capt (r) Atta Muhammad Khan, former MD PTV Naeem Tahir and others were present.

PNCA chairman Ifthikhar Babar said that we should celebrate Independence Day around the year. “Pakistan is home of beautiful culture, people, and all we need is to promote and highlight our talent,” he added.

PNCA director Amna Pataudi said that Shakir Ali Museum through these events highlighted and showcased the talent of Pakistan.

A puppet show, based on the travelogue of a youth, was presented before the audience. Through his journey the youth had visited mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Allama Iqbal and Badshahi Mosque, Shahi Fort, Walled City, Minar-e-Pakistan.

Puppet shows have been one of the best medium of narrating and conveying the information and entertainment to children. The show led the children in the Alhamra Hall to a journey from Peshawar to Karachi and from there to Lahore. The dialogues delivery of characters was centre of attraction of puppet show.

Mubarik Ahmed, a student told The Nation that he had enjoyed the puppet show which was itself the learning experience for him.

The event ended on a high note with children and audience shouting slogans Pakistan Zindabad. Several other performances were presented at the ceremony.

Other speakers highlighted the struggle of Pakistan’s founding fathers and countless personalities contributed in making of independent Pakistan. They said we as a nation should not forgot the sacrifices of our ancestors, and with tireless effort and struggles we can make Pakistan prosperous.