Govt to promote Punjabi language

Punjab Minister for Sports, Culture, and Youth Affairs Dr Tanvir-ul-Islam Sunday said a total of three museums are being established in Gujrat, Multan and Katas Raj while a government building of Kalar Kahar Museum is already under-construction, to be soon completed.

Talking to reporters here at Chawinda-Pasrur, the Provincial Minister said concrete measures will be taken to promote Punjabi language, apart from extending patronage to artists to help enhance cultural activities in the province. He said a series of projects are being carried out in the province in this regard to boost Fine Arts by the Lahore Arts Council and Punjab Arts Council.

"The Academy of Performing Art is already functioning wherein diploma courses are being offered in calligraphy, photography, drama, dance, music, violin, sitar, drawing, painting and tabla," he added.

He said Punjab is the land of art and culture, adding that 'it is our collective responsibility to preserve our inheritance for future generations.' He said the Punjab government will utilize all resources to promote arts. "In order to preserve the cultural heritage of Punjab and promote its language and mores, a Punjab Institute of Language Art and Culture has been set up, which is at the moment translating Sufi poetry in regional languages to foster ties of brotherhood and harmony among the provinces," he added.

He said the poetry of Heer Waris Shah has been translated in Urdu and of Baba Fareed in Sindhi to boost inter-cultural understanding.

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