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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Cultural encyclopaedia to preserve heritage


Cultural encyclopaedia to preserve heritage

* Includes more than 200 pictures
* Research on culture and history of provinces underway

ISLAMABAD: The Lok Virsa is working on the series of cultural encyclopaedia on all the four provinces to preserve the heritage of Pakistan.

The National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage has completed research work on NWFP and it would be launched soon, an official of Lok Virsa told reporters here on Tuesday. The encyclopaedia of Northern Areas has already been launched reflecting the culture and traditions of the entire area including the history, geography, demographics, ethos, crafts and professions of the people.

It also portrays the local traditions including food, lifestyle, dresses, festivals, folk tales, literature, dialects, arts and architecture.

The encyclopedia includes more than 200 pictures depicting Pakistan as the home of many ancient civilisations that influenced the cultures of South Asia.

Pakistan has a rich cultural and ethnic background dating back to the Indus Valley Civilisation whereas many cultural practices and monuments have been inherited from the rule of many rulers that have added their cultural traditions to the region, he said. He further said that research on Punjab, Sindh and Baluchistan is underway which would also illustrate the cultural and historical importance of these areas.

Reference::
Daily Times

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