The fifth Sindh Literature Festival (SLF) will open on Friday with the aim of showcasing literature, music, dance and media of all languages spoken in the province.
This year’s theme is the centenary of the discovery of the Mohen-Jo-Darro civilization in 1922. In this regard, a press conference was jointly organized by the Arts Council of Pakistan (ACP) Karachi and the Literary Foundation of the Sindh at Hasina Moin Hall.
ACP President Muhammad Ahmad Shah, renowned writer Noorul Huda Shah, Dr Ayub Sheikh, Naseer Gopang and Zohaib Kaka gave a briefing on the festival.
Speaking on the occasion, the ACP President said that the fifth episode of SLF starting March 18 will include music, cultural dance, media, literature, talks and debates in all languages. The festival will have sessions in Sindhi and Urdu languages.
The opening ceremony takes place at the Pakistan Arts Council, Karachi. It is a three day festival.
Shah said that previously this festival had been held elsewhere. Now he has come home. We are very happy to be a partner of this festival. Congratulations to the management and hope it continues.
Speaking to the media, Noorul Huda Shah said: “For the past four years you have watched the festival. The festival started under difficult and unfavorable conditions. These challenges are not over yet. Holding this festival was a difficult task. The good thing about the festival is that Pakistan Arts Council, Karachi provided the platform. We have Ahmad Shah’s full support. The entire Canada Council team contributes to this festival. Hopefully this support will continue. This festival is organized for the people of Sindh. Every language spoken in Sindh is part of this festival. Culture, literature and criticism are on the agenda of this festival. This is the only way for evolution to run this country.
From his perspective, Naseer Gopang said, “The festival started with great difficulty. We strive to represent all languages and classes. The SLF works to bring people together. It’s not a Sindhi literature festival, it’s a Sindhi literature festival. This year’s theme is Mohenjo-daro.
Expressing his views, Dr Ayub Sheikh said: “There were many difficulties in organizing this festival, but the Arts Council opened its doors. The Arts Council has grown so much that we now run all the programs here. It’s good news.
All of our institutions and programs cannot be completed without the participation of young people, especially women. I hope everyone will enjoy this three-day festival.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 18and2022.