Photographs: Javed Karim
Islamabad, January 20: Gojal Educational and Cultural Association (GECA) organized a two-day cultural event for people based in the twin cities. The event was attended by men and women in large numbers. Dance, music, skits and different other cultural and educational items were performed during the two-day event.
Renowned performer D.W.Baig also released his new Wakhi language audio album, “Mergech Safar”, during the event.
The event saw young and senior artists performing songs, dance and skits, highlighting social issues and presenting a critique of the society the way it is evolving.
A poetic session was also held during the event in which Wakhi and Urdu poems were read by young poets.
The most interesting highlight of the programme was an item called the “Gojal Idol”, which, in a satirical way, presented the short-comings of the society, while also offering ingeniously crafted reasons for laughter and joys.
A talkshow of sorts was also held to highlight the achievements of accomplished female professionals, including Nabat, National Programme Manager of UNICEF Pakistan, Nusrat Nasab, Executive Officer of FOCUS Pakistan and Yasmin Ali, Deputy Director at the Federal Education Secretariat. The professionals shared their life’s experiences and also offered tips and advises for becoming successful professionals.
Another highlight of the event was a skit performed by young journalists Mueiz Karim and Najib, who through a dialogue presented a creative critique of the social, cultural and economic issues faced by the society in Gojal Valley.
The event continued for two days and a number of people also announced monetary support for GECA and the students.
GECA has also decided to establish an Educational Support Fund to facilitate students in the twin cities and adjacent areas.
Renowned singers, including Fazal Rehman (Shirinsado), Hyder Murad, Riaz Sahar, Ali Ahmad Shani, Faiz Rahim, Aziz Ahmad, Saif Rumi and, Abuzar, Ehsan Rozdar, to name a few, sang Wakhi and Burushaski songs, winning applauds from the fully packed auditorium.
Hunza Ayash Band played music throughout the event.
The skits criticized the society for becoming elitist and materialistic, while shunning simplicity, compassion and respect for social services.
Another put-off was the backdrop which is constantly being used since 2011.