CM enumerates steps for promoting cultural activities in Punjab

Lahore – A prize distribution ceremony was held in honour of the artists who won different competitions under Punjab Talent Hunt Programme 2021 at CM’s office on Saturday.

Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar was the chief guest at the ceremony. Minister for Culture Khayal Ahmad Kastro, MPA Sadia Sohail, government officers, winning artists, and their parents and siblings attended the ceremony.

The chief minister distributed cash prizes and commendation certificates to the winners. He congratulated the artists and praised their work. He also appreciated the performance of Provincial Minister for Culture, Secretary Information and Culture, DGPR, Executive Director Punjab Arts Council and their teams for successful holding of the Talent Hunt Programme.

Addressing the ceremony, Usman Buzdar said: “For the first time, steps have been taken for the promotion of cultural activities. In the past, the Culture Department was neglected. The team of the DGPR and Culture Department is working hard for promoting culture.” He added: “Artists have been encouraged through Talent Hunt Programme, and the scope of this project will be extended to the tehsil level.”

He said that the government would provide required funds to the department for the promotion of cultural activities. He said that the Punjab government had decided to launch its TV channel where new talent would be promoted. “Places on the pattern of Pak Tea House, Lahore will also be established for the intellectuals and poets in other districts of Punjab,” he announced.

He termed the Talent Hunt Programme an effective platform for young artists to show their capabilities, saying that it provided an opportunity to the youth to prove their talents in music, fine arts, science and literature, and handicrafts and theatre.

He reiterated the government’s vow of providing sufficient opportunities to the youth for their progress in life.

Khayal Ahmad Kastro said that Talent Hunt Programme was the best way to encourage young artists, adding that the chief minister had extended full support for the success of the program at every level.

“Chief Minister Usman Buzdar is following the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan,” he said, adding that the government was planning to formulate a “culture policy” besides collecting database of the artists.

MPA Sadia Sohail said that the chief minister had always encouraged the artists. “Through Talent Hunt Programme, new artists get opportunities to showcase their abilities,” she added.

Raja Jahangir Anwar informed participants of the ceremony that around 10,000 youngsters including girls performed in seven different categories of the programme at district and divisional level.

On the occasion, the youths were awarded cash prizes and certificates of appreciation. 

The Talent Hunt Programme was organised by the Punjab Arts Council under the auspices of Punjab Information and Culture Department.

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