The government of the Punjab, under the leadership of the Chief Minister of the Punjab, Sardar Usman Buzdar, uses available resources to promote art and culture and focuses on welfare projects for artists
RAWALPINDI, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – September 25, 2021): The government of Punjab, under the leadership of the Chief Minister of Punjab, Sardar Usman Buzdar, is using available resources to promote art and culture and target projects of well-being for artists.
The Punjab Culture Ministry has taken many steps over the past three years and has taken solid steps for the promotion of arts and culture that have never been done before.
At the Punjab Arts Council (PAC), Rawalpindi alone, despite the Corona pandemic, more than 500 fine arts, literature, music and theater programs have been held.
The Lok Mela in Islamabad includes awareness raising about the Punjab pavilion and the Kashmir issue at the official level.
According to PAC, spokesperson for Rawalpindi, the federal and provincial governments are encouraging young people in any way they can. In this regard, thousands of young people have had the opportunity to express their art through the Punjab Talent Hunt program and the art has emerged from remote areas of Punjab.
Fiction, painting, short film and craft competitions were also held in which special prizes were awarded at the district, division and provincial levels. PAC has tried to introduce Pakistani culture to other countries. In this regard, cultural programs have been organized in collaboration with the embassies of different countries including China, Japan, South Korea and Iran.
The spokesperson informed that the Arts Council, together with the Chinese Embassy, organized a music program in which ancient Chinese music was introduced here.
The exhibition of ancient Japanese calendars also proved to be an important opportunity to expand relations between Pakistan and Japan.
Recently, the Japanese government sent an invitation to Punjab to participate in Expo 2025 to be held in Japan and in which expert craftsmen from across the province would represent Pakistan.
The Punjab Arts Council, in association with Khana e Farhang Iran, also organized an exhibition of ancient copies of the Holy Quran and ancient Iranian antiquities, which further strengthened cultural efforts between the two countries.
The council organized a music program in which the Chinese ambassador himself participated.
The Punjab Arts Council recently took new steps to promote cultural activities with various countries including Turkey, Indonesia and Malaysia.
An audio and video lab is being set up in which children in the Pothohar region would learn audio, video and editing so that they can acquire a skill and get a decent job in the society. Equipment has been provided for the laboratory. The release of funds of one million rupees for the renovation of the auditorium of the Punjab Arts Council is also a testament to the development of cultural institutions in the province. Cultural and artistic courses were organized which benefited millions of students. These courses include Graphic Design, Islamic Calligraphy, Painting, Sewing, Embroidery, Cooking, Home Decorating, Glass Making, Beautician, Fashion, etc.
On the special directives of the Chief Punjabi Minister Sardar Usman Bazdar and his love for Punjabi artists, various social assistance programs have also been launched.
An Artist Support Fund has been launched for Senior Artists, which benefits more than 15,000 artists across the Punjab, under which deserving artists receive a monthly stipend of 5,000 rupees. Hundreds of artists have also received medical and marriage grants. Due to the closure of events due to the Corona outbreak, financial assistance has been provided to artists in Punjab.
The Chief Minister loves the culture of Punjab and has asked the relevant authorities to make all possible efforts to promote the culture of the province. District-level arts councils are also being established. The Arts Councils buildings are under construction in Bhakkar and Sheikhupura while approval has also been given for the Arts Councils in Kasur, Nankana Sahib and Taunsa Sharif.
Punjab Culture Minister Mian Khayal Ahmed Kastro, after taking over the leadership of his ministry, has taken strong steps to promote artistic and cultural activities in the province.
He declared March 14 Cultural Day of Punjab for the first time in history. It will be celebrated throughout Punjab every year at the official level.
Thanks to the Chief Minister of the Punjab, Sardar Usman Buzdar and the Minister of Culture of the Punjab, Khayal Ahmed Kastro, the culture of the Punjab is gaining new recognition.
The government of Punjab has significantly increased the budget of the cultural institution over the past three years. In fiscal year 2021-2022, over Rs 200 million was allocated to renovate various arts councils and build an auditorium and other facilities, which include nine ongoing projects and two new ones. development programs.
The establishment of an audio-video studio at the Punjab Arts Council in Rawalpindi, the renovation of the building and the provision of new chairs and office furniture are also included in this exercise allowance. Likewise, construction works are underway for the Arts Councils of Murree, Sahiwal, Gujranwala, Bhakkar and Bahawalpur.
Recently, the Punjab Arts Council also launched a new website that features photos of cultural activities taking place across the province. In the 21st century, we live in the digital age. Cultural activities are also highlighted on modern platforms Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The information about the artists is digitized in addition to compiling all the information in the form of a book. Khidmat cards are provided to artists in Punjab in addition to the introduction of an app to facilitate artist registration, available on Android and Apple Play Store.
The new director general of the Punjab Arts Council, Abrar Alam, is also taking new steps to promote cultural activities in the province.