Two-Day Mother Languages, Literary Festival underway


ISLAMABAD Feb 17 (TNS): A two-day Pakistan Mother Languages and Literary Festival is underway at National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa).

The two-day event has been organized by Indus Cultural Forum in collaboration with Lok Virsa and Strengthening Participatory Organization (SPO).

Indus Cultural Forum coordinator Niaz Nadeem told state-run media that the festival aimed to promote the regional languages of Pakistan, to celebrate Pakistan’s linguistic and cultural diversity and to encourage reading in other languages.

“Over 100 writers, intellectuals, critics, poets and artists from across Pakistan who write in over 18 languages are participating in the festival to discuss the diversity of languages in Pakistan from a historical perspective and the challenges they are facing” he said.

He said that various topics related to language, literature and culture, book launching, poetry recitals, musical events, screenings, performances, book stalls, food courts, cultural exhibitions and mobile libraries are part of the festival.

“Books in Sindhi, Balochi, Pashtu, Brahvi, Seriaki, Punjabi and other languages and their Urdu and English translations are also being exhibited,” he added.

He said that the most liked session will be mushaira in mother languages. Renowned poets of all national languages are participating in the Mushaira.

“There will be discussions on languages, literature and culture, book launches, mother language symposiums, music events, audio-visual screenings and performances. Mother language book stalls, food courts, cultural exhibitions and a mobile library is also there,” he said.