The First Satranga Youth Peace Festival concluded at the Al Hamra Hall, Mall road, Lahore late Monday. A number of colorful and informative items were presented during the festival, which was mean to promote peace, pluralism, diversity and preservation of culture.
A large number of young men and women from across Gilgit-Baltistan also participated in the festival with the aim to strengthen inter-cultural ties with other people from across Pakistan.
According to our correspondent, the items that took place under the festival included traditional dance, music, interactive theatre, film and documentary screenings, Qawali, peace talks and panel discussions. The festival was rocked by The Shah’s Band and Papu Sayeen Dhol.
Young men from Gilgit-Baltistan garnered the limelight by presenting traditional dance at the festival, our correspondent said.
A documentary titled Mera Pakistan, produced by Nisar Ahmed from Gilgit-Baltistan, was also screened during the festival. The documentary portrayed the positive image of Pakistan through the presentation of cultural diversity, music, dance and folk songs. The audience highly appreciated the effort.
“Media has the responsibility to promote peace so that an educated and peaceful society nurtures,” said Tananjeet Singh while speaking during the festival. “Young people are our assets; we need to invest resources in them if we want to develop a progressive society.”
The festival was organized by the Satranga Cultural Development Organization (SCDO) in collaboration with Mountain Youth Resource and Social Welfare Organization (MYRO), the government of Punjab, South Asia Partnership and other organizations. Moreover, Mountain TV was media partner for the festival besides Maati TV.
The festival was attended by a large audience, including NGO officials, corporate executives and officials of the government of Punjab.