National Instititute of Folk and Traditional Heritage Lok Virsa on Monday organised a workshop in its ongoing summer camp highlighting the culture of Gilgit Baltistan (GB) and Balochistan provinces.
Rawalpindi Grammer Public School Director Nasreen Iqbal conducted the workshop. 19 children of age six to 12 participated in the workshop.
The programme includes introduction to the culture, heritage, geographical location, traditions, rituals and festivals of both Balochistan and
GB provinces through multimedia slides.
The summer camp with the theme ‘Learn Balochi Language and Glimpses into Balochi Culture’ and learn Wakhi Language was held at the beautiful surroundings of the Pakistan National museum of ethnology, popularly known as heritage museum. It will continue till August 25.
The camp aims at providing an orientation to the children about the language, poetry, crafts, music and festivals of both these communities. It will also create ownership among children regarding Pakistan’s languages and cultural heritage and above all, will reaffirm Pakistan’s identity of being multicultural and pluralistic country.
Wakhi people are occasionally called Pamiris. The origin of this language is Wakhan and it is, according to many sources, more than four thousand years old. It is spoken by the inhabitants of the Wakhan, a corridor in Gilgit Baltistan, and in some parts of Tajakistan and Xinjiang in western China. The language belongs to the southern group of the Pamir languages in the Iranian group of the Indo-European Language Tree. The Wakhis live in different countries. In Gilgit Baltistan, the Wakhi people mainly live in Gojal, Ishkoman, Darkut and Broghol.
Pakistan, a multi-lingual country, is enriched with more than 24 languages and dialects. These languages portray excellence of literature, poetry, folk songs, and spiritual quotes of saints and enhances the richness of cultural heritage.
In Balochistan, people speak different languages but there is a similarity in their literature, beliefs, rituals and customs. The cementing factor is religion which provides a base for unity and common social order.
The regional languages, though distinct from each other, promote unity among people of different provinces and cultivate love, respect and a firm adherence to the universal brotherhood.