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Showcasing cultural diversity: G-B’s independence day marked in capital

ISLAMABAD: The sounds of shehnai and rabab played by musicians from Gilgit-Baltistan filled the air as a man expertly performed a traditional dance with two swords at the Lok Virsa complex on Saturday and Sunday.

The performance was part of a two-day mela at the National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage to celebrate the independence of Gilgit-Baltistan from the Dogra regime. A huge crowd witnessed the mela.

The mela showcased traditional arts and crafts from the mountainous region. Folk artists and musicians decked out in traditional costumes performed during the mela.

Gilgit-Baltistan was liberated from the Dogra rule and declared its independence on November 1, 1947. Dr Fouzia Saeed, executive director Lok Virsa, said that this day reminds us about the great efforts of our leaders and martyrs who played an important role in the independence of G-B. via ET

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