Karachi: Baltit Academic Development Association (BADA) organized a grand musical cum cultural event named “MERI PEHCHAN PAKISTAN” on Sunday 25th March 2012 in Karachi. The Event was being organized in line with two major events; Pakistan’s Resolution Day, in the remembrance of a day when the Muslims of Sub Continent had legitimized their efforts in the form a resolution that was passed in Lahore on 23rd March 1940, and the traditional Spring Festival of Navroz, which is usually celebrated throughout the world with zeal and enthusiasm on 21st of March every year. The event provided an opportunity to refresh our patriotic feelings with new zest and zeal and to work in unity for the prosperity and solidarity of our beloved country Pakistan.
General Secretary of BADA, Mr Rehmat Amin, in his welcome speech presented main objectives of the organization and reiterated that how academic development of students can help them to become good citizens so that they can play their part in harvesting peace harmony and solidarity. While president of BADA Mr Rizwan K Qalandar in his presentation shed light on history, present activities and future prospects of the organization.
BADA is an organization works for the magnification of students of Baltit residing in Karachi. The theme of this program was “celebrating education for peace harmony and solidarity”.
The event featured famous musicians and renowned singers representing Gilgit Arts Council, who captivated huge number of families belonging to Hunza and Gilgit residing in Karachi. The singers represented four major languages of Hunza-Gilgit i.e. Shina, Burushaski, and Wakhi. Famous singers from from different parts of the region included Abdul Ghafoor Chilasi, Jabir Khan, Ayub Mutasir, Naveed Tanha, Kashif Sakhi, S.U.Baig Sawal, Shouq Band, Noushad Ali Shad and Salimahabad Orchestra. Renowned personality, Mir Aman Hunzai was master of the ceremony.
A large number of Karachi based natives of Hunza and Gilgit gathered to witness the fascinating musical and cultural event. The audience praised efforts of the organizers for promotion and preservation of the region’s rich cultural heritage.
Viewers present during the program emphasized that such cultural events can help in developing cross-cultural understanding especially among the people of Gilgit-Baltistan, in view of the mistrust and gaps existing in the present socio-cultural milieu.