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Cultural forms of Punjab to be popularised: Sidhu

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To connect the State’s youth with their glorious cultural, historical, religious and artistic roots, Punjab Government will form 12 wings under the Punjab Arts Council to popularise State’s various cultural forms at the village and tehsil levels across the State. 

Announcing this, State Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Wednesday stressed on the need of cultural awakening to connect the youth with their roots which needs to be turned into a mass movement. 

Sidhu, addressing a meeting of the leading lights of literary field of Punjab, said the process was already afoot to constitute 12 wings under the Punjab Kala Parishad and these would be spread at the village and tehsil level in order to give concrete standing to the efforts to popularise various cultural forms of the state. 

“The cultural awakening is a necessary step to connect the youth of Punjab with their historical, religious and artistic roots and this awakening needs to be turned into a mass movement so as to make the Punjabi culture resonate throughout the globe,” he said.

The Minister also said that each wing would consist of eight to 10 people and would be headed by a convenor. He said that he would also hold meetings once a month with these wings.

Earlier, Council chairman and noted litterateur Dr Surjit Patar gave details of the wings saying that these would be devoted to establishing connect with the educational institutions, efforts to promote Punjabi language, rejuvenation of dying folk arts, strengthening the theatre movement, propagation of Punjabi culture, art and language. 

He also announced to organise a, ‘Asian Poetry Festival’, dedicated to the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. 

The prominent personalities from literary or intellectual fields, present during the meeting, gave valuable suggestions to bring a cultural revolution in the state like forming a theatre organisation after every 10-12 villages, working wholeheartedly to preserve the joint culture of both Indian and Pakistani Punjab’s, having a state-level museum to keep as well as conserve every article concerning culture of Punjab, another museum dedicated to the dying artifacts and folk arts of Punjab, documentation of dialects of Punjabi language, among other things.  




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