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Sufi fest cut short due to blast

Sufi fest cut short due to blast

LAHORE: The two-day Sufi festival organised by the Lahore Arts Council and a private firm concluded on Sunday at the Alhamra Art Center, The Mall.

The organisers had to cut the event short by a few hours after reports of a massive blast at Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park came in.

The festival featured an exhibition based on Maulana Rumi’s Raqse dervish by Shafiqe Farooqi, food stalls and Sufi music performances both in the lawns and halls of Alhamra.

The festival was aimed at promoting message of Sufis and highlight its the relevance to the contemporary world.

Addressing the closing ceremony the council’s Executive Director Atta Muhammad Khan said Lahore had a rich cultural heritage, a vast part of which the city owed to Sufi saints.

The ceremony was also attended by writer Haseena Moin, Amjad Islam Amjad and other literati.

On the occasion, a calendar was also launched by the private firm based on the paintings of Shafique Farooqi. The paintings were themed on Raqse dervish. Different artists and students of Alhamra Art Academy sang Sufi poets’ Kalam on a staged in the lawns of Alhamra.

Published in Dawn, March 28th, 2016

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