ISLAMABAD (APP)- Peoples Cultural Wing, Rawalpindi Division, in a ceremony on Monday conferred awards on artists, writers and prominent personalities for their contribution in the fields of drama, production, music and others. A number of artists and eminent figures were given Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto excellence awards in the function held at Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA). Ustad Fateh Ali Khan, Ustad Allah Rakha, Abdullah, Nargis Rasheed and Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan were among recipients of the awards for making contribution in their fields. Speaking on the occasion, Federal Minister for Population Welfare Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan said art plays an important role in portraying social issues and in creating awareness among masses. Art represents society and its values and we must promote its different genres and give the due status to artists, she added. The Minister said Benazir Bhutto was a visionary leader who always encouraged the cultural activities which are the real source of enlightenment for people. She said artists serve the society by sharing their happiness and sorrows and provide them relief and catharsis in times of need. The artists are also the protectors of moral values of society who through their work emphasize the importance of truth, integrity and honesty, she noted. She assured of her ministrys support for cultural activities and said she realises the importance of media in raising awareness about population issues. The Ministry has undertaken numerous media campaigns in which various singers lent their voice for the cause of family planning and reproductive health. President Peoples Cultural Wing Sadaf Murtaza said PPP is a progressive party and always worked for the welfare of artists. Renowned artists presented colourful performances and songs to amuse the audience which added colour to the award ceremony.