A cultural walk, seminar and Punjabi music gala were held here at the Government College University Lahore on Monday in connection with the Punjab Culture Day 2022.
The events, organized by the University’s Punjabi Majlis and Society for Culture and Heritage (SOCH), spread the beautiful colours of Punjabi culture on the campus with enriched folk tunes of traditional music, bhangra and intellectual debate at the Punjab Culture seminar titled "representation of Punjabi culture in socio-literary art forms".
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr Asghar Zaidi led the on-campus cultural walk along with renowned poet, writer Afzal Saahir and Punjab Department Chairperson Prof. Dr Saeed Khawar Bhutta. A large number of students wearing Punjabi cultural dresses participated in the walk.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Zaidi said that they are celebrating Gilgit Baltistan, Punjab and Pashtun cultural days this week on three consecutive days. "Celebrating our cultural diversity in universities is paramount as it promotes awareness, unity and dispels prejudicial views," he added. The Vice-Chancellor lauded that the GCU music gala brought out the Punjabi cultural colors on the campus.
Afzal Saahir appreciated the initiative of the Punjab government to celebrate Punjab Culture Day in schools, universities and colleges, saying that we need to connect our youth to their culture.
Prof. Dr Saeed Khawar Bhutta said Punjabi culture is the epitome of life that is colorful, rich and diverse; its literature, language, art, music, philosophy, festivals, food and dressing is unique and beautiful.
Later, Punjabi poet Shaista Nuzhat, Faqeer Khana Museum Director Faqeer Syed Saif U Din, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Jawad, Parveen Malik, Sumaira Khalil, Vice-Chancellor Prof. Zaidi, Afzal Saahir and Prof. Dr Saeed Khawar Bhutta addressed the seminar.
Different food stalls were set up on the campus where a variety of food dishes from every corner of the provinces of Pakistan were arranged to attract students.