Tuesday, March 1, 2011



Participating in the Indo-Pak Theatre Festival in Ludhiana, a group of artists led by Mr. Safiq Butt and Ms Huma Safdar visited Punjab Agricultural University, today and had an interaction meeting with Dr. Manjit Singh Kang, Vice-Chancellor. Welcoming the troupe, Dr. Kang said that whereas artists, litterateurs and culture promoters are playing their important role in sustaining peace and progress in the region, the viable exchange of academicians and scientists can contribute significantly in this direction. He shared that there is a commonality of 99.5% in human DNA at the global level and that the difference is only very small (0.5%). Dr. Kang said that we need to rise above this small difference and honour the commonality among humans. He suggested the formulation of Indo-Pak Science and Technology Forum for promoting scientific developments in mutually beneficial areas. There are strengths in agriculture in India and Pakistan which can be shared for regional prosperity, said Dr. Kang .

Mr. Butt said that the issues concerning Punjabi language, culture and heritage are addresses through a number of fora such as Lok Raas, Sangat Lahore, Lok Sujag, etc. He said that Lok Raas has so far enacted over 600 plays and that in the Ludhiana Theatre Festival, they have presented a play written by Nazam Hussain Sayed, which earned great appreciation from the audience. Ms Safdar said that under the banner of Lahore Sangat the ancient kissas, gurbani, sufi kalam and other rich literary compositions are discussed and that the activity has been ongoing for the last two decades. She presented a set of publications to Dr. Kang for the PAU Library.

The Additional Director of Communication, Dr. Jagtar Singh Dhiman said that there were many things in common across the border that include language, culture, love and that efforts should be made to nurture common dreams to progress as a region. He said that the PAU has its roots at Lyallpur (now Faislabad) where College of Agriculture worked for the promotion of farming.

The Editor of farm magazine Changi Kheti of PAU, Mr. Gurbhajan Singh Gill said that literature can play a great role in fostering peace in the region. Earlier, Dr. Nirmal Singh Jaura, Deputy Director (Public Relations) introduced about the members of the troupe that he said have come on the request of Punjabi Naat Akademy with a mission to promote Punjabi language, culture and values. On this occasion, the Pakistani singer Mr. Asif Hote enthralled with his typical Pakistani Lori and a folk song. A memento was presented to the troupe by Dr. Kang on this occasion. Dr. Dhiman proposed the vote of thanks
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