peshawar – A large number of visitors, including domestic and foreign tourists, visited the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa pavilion on Tuesday and showed keen interest in the rich culture, crafts and distinct traditions exhibited at Lok Mela 2021 in Islamabad.
The special assistant to the chief minister of the KP in charge of local governments Fazal Illahi, the general director of Culture and tourism Sajjad Hameed, the deputy director of the KPCTA Tourism Qaiser Khattak were among the people who visited the pavilion of the KP.
The KP CM assistant appreciated the arrangements made for the artisans and artists of the KP Pavilion to present a faithful image of the province and its inhabitants, their culture and their crafts.
The KP pavilion created by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Culture and Tourism Authority (KPCTA) under the aegis of the Department of Sports, Tourism, Archeology, Culture, Museums and Youth in Lok Mela was the center of attraction for tourists and visitors, including men, women and children.
The KPCTA established 29 stalls at the KP pavilion to showcase the cultural and traditional potential of crafts and tourism to attract more tourists to the province.
Craftsmen from across KP including Abbottabad, Dera Ismail Khan, Haripur, Swabi, Charsadda, Mansehra, Peshawar, Chitral and elsewhere erected stalls that showcase cultural and traditional crafts, gourmet cuisine and music.
Wax painter artists Riaz Ahmad and Mughal art expert Muhammad Faheem and artist Ijaz Sarhadi specially attended Lok Mela and received huge appreciation from visitors for their artwork and music.
Many visitors made their way to the KP pavilion which exhibited handicrafts including Swati shawls, Kalash, Khadar, embroidery, Taghar work, Bannu Royal Khaadi, stone carving, Peshawari caps and chapal, wax painting, work of the metal, wood carving, artwork, calligraphy, ring making, sitar making, Chitrali Patti, Gandhara Art, Drooza chappal, Sarghashay, Charsadda chappal, maizaray work, Karawa work, Sarkha, Dandas, Parunay, work of pottery, Qehwa, blacksmith work, work of Hazara Jisti Shawl and Moti and cultural objects and jewelry made of copper and stone.
Traditional Khattak, Mahsud and FC dances were performed and folk music with rabab mangay was also performed to entertain visitors and tourists.
The tour operators have also set up a special office to provide information on the cultural and tourism potential of the province through brochures, posters, booklets, video documentaries and leaflets so that families and visitors can obtain information. details on tourist attractions and cultural diversity.
Besides the entertainment segments, the display of cultural material at the festival has proven to be vital in educating visitors about the value of the country’s arts and crafts.