Jamshoro, February 09, 2019 (PPI-OT): The colourful Kaleidoscope of Lahooti Melo 2019 kicked off at Hyder Bux Jatoi pavilion ground, University of Sindh, Jamshoro. SU is in collaborating with Lahooti Organization in holding this milestone festival. Sindh Minister for Education, Culture, Tourism and Achieves Department Government of Sindh and Pro Chancellor General Universities in Sindh Syed Sardar Ali Shah, VC-SU Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Lahooti Organization Saif Samejo, Member Sindh Provincial Assembly and noted literatim Mehtab Akbar Rashdi jointly inaugurated the event.
Minister Shah, in his views expressed in the opening session, paying rich tribute to Saif Samejo and SU vice chancellor Dr. Burfat; said that the very theme of the two-day festival i.e. ‘An ode to a Liberated Woman’ was is itself significant, poignant and fascinating.
“Woman is God’s most beautiful creation. Sindh has the unique distinction of producing Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai who is one of the greatest exponents of women liberation and empowerment. Mr. Shah added that Sindh was also proud of its peaceful history, for not a single weapon has been found during all past and present excavation of various archaeological sites across Sindh; instead all that has been found contains music instruments and art edifices.
SU vice chancellor Dr. Burfat said that SU was proud to co-host Lahooti Gala, adding that SU had come to be a cozy academic home to 32,000 students with special comfort zone for female students.
“Pakistan cannot progress lest we liberate and educate women; mainstream them in all spheres of life. I am proud to partake Sindh has an unusually enviable custom of honouring women to the degree of even pardoning murders”, Dr. Burfat stressed. Ms. Rashdi maintained that all forms of violence and exploitation against women were in fact in brazen negation of customary cultural fabric and social spirit of Sindh that accorded maximum possible esteem and accolades to women.
Saif Samejo, thanking VC-SU Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat and his team for cooperation and collaboration said “Our theme, ‘An Ode to a Liberated Woman’ represents layers and layers of steps of rising from individual consciousness to a collective one. Our inspiration is a story of a girl and a predator that started from our first festival. But that story no longer belongs to that predator. That story has become about that one girl and her journey to healing”. Saif added that it started from a past rooted in pain: a kind of pain that gives one depth, and moves towards healing: here there are breaths to be taken and a lesson to be recalled.
“Lesson that height is just as important as depth to create balance and height cannot be reached without tending to the wounds that the depth brought with it. Finally, the ladder to liberation: giving your emotions the worth they deserve, growing out of the societal expectations, choosing to not let yourself be defined by anyone or anything else other than yourself, and eventually rising above own self-image as well to open your inner eyes to see how limitless you are”, explaining that they chose a woman to reflect this journey of rising above because they believed it started with her.
“She represents and educates the family, leads the community to health, and eventually walks the world towards healing with her sensitivity as her strength and vulnerability as her armour; because she makes the family, the community. Nothing can be talked about without including her in it, without focusing on her”, Samejo stressed.
Eminent novelist Muhammad Hanif terming women brave, talented and audacious, opined that no society would ever progress, lest it allowed its women realize their fullest potential. Illustrious scholar and former Director ‘Lok Virsa’ Pakistan Dr. Fauzia Saeed remarked that female education and empowerment was the only viable option for Pakistan to prosper. Dr. Ghazala defined art as a powerful means of social transformation. Jami Mehmood and Tajdar Zaidi also spoke the occasion.
This first day of the festival featured various sessions on diverse sub-themes of the event umbrella theme. The panellists of the day included Syed Sardar Ali Shah, Mehtab Akbar Rashdi, Prof. Dr. Arfana Mallah, Amar Sindhu, Jami Chandio, Rubina Abro, Aisha Guzdar, Dr. Fozia Saeed, Muhammad Hanif, Nazish Brohi, Jami Mehmood, Rahma Mian, Amina Syed, Hamna Zubair, Ghazala Irfan and others.
A grand concert into the late evening with the sketches and other renowned musical bands, vocalists and cultural performers brought the day-long discussions and festivities to a remarkable end. A massive number of Jamshoro and Hyderabad youth including SU teachers, officers, employees, students, community outfits and families participated in this landmark fair. Minister Shah, VC-SU Dr. Burfat and other distinguished out-stationed guests also planted saplings on the occasion sidelines to preserve the memory of the event for times to come.
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