Pakistan has a rich and unique cultural heritage that has actively preserved its established traditions and testimony through out history. It is like a rainbow of diverse social ,ethnic ,linguistic and cultural homeland ,a country of over 220 million people.Punjabi,Sindhi,Baluchi,Kashmiri,Pashtun and a bunch of other groups largely contribute to the enhancement of cultural diversity.
Walter Lippmann once said that culture is the name for what people are interested in their thoughts,their models,the books they read and the speeches they hear.Different regions across the country have their own different flavours and varieties.Pakistani culture is as diverse as its people.
From people of different religions and places,to diversity in food cuisines,languages and dresses sustain the variety in a greater manner.Pakistan’s beauty is truly manifested through the combination of green and white colours in its national flag. This multilingual ,multi-ethnic and multi-cultural society depict Pakistan,s rich pluralistic image. Pakistanis have various major components of their personality and versatility leads to the promotion of tolerance ,acceptance ,harmony and peace.
“Pakistan beauty and splendour” a photographic book by Irfan Saghir Mirza shows that Pakistan is the best place for landscape photography and videography.Diverse culture has exposed Pakistani musicians to many different poetic forums and styles,alongwith languages and literature.
From traditional singing style like Qawali to folk music and Urdu songs;every thing is fleek when it comes to Pakistan sense of music.In the words of Robert Alan,cultural differences should not separate us from each other,but rather cultural diversity brings a collective strength that can benefit all of humanity.Western music has also grabbed limelight in Pakistan with an increasing pace.
The nation has also produced legendary international singers like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan ,Noor Jehan,Reshma, Atif Aslam,Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and poets like Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Parveen Shakar,Amjad Islam Amjad and Ahmed Faraz, who have left a tremendous influence on the culture and the collective conscience of the people.
Book titled “Explore the beauty of Pakistan “by Zahid Sultan is also a great piece of work which shows that Pakistan is a land blessed with enormously rich historical heritage,diverse culture,high adventure and unmatched natural beauty.
Sufism has added great beauty to the already unique Islamic flavour of the country.Some of the country’s most spiritually advanced and unifying messages of love are found in Sufi poetry.The leading Sufi Punjabi poets are Sultan Bahoo, Bhulley Shah,Waris Shah and Mian Muhammad Buksh.
Sindh is also land of great mystics such as Sachal Sarmast,Shah Abdul Latif Bhattai and Lal Shahbaz Qalandar.Pashtunes have also produced great poets and mystics like Rahman Baba,Khushaal Khan Khattak and Pir Baba,who have all propagated the message of eternal love.The land of Baluchistan has given nativity to dynamic poets named Gul Khan Nasser,Attah Shad, Sayeed Zahoor Shah Hashmi and Yousaf Ali Khan Magsi.
Book titled “The beauty of Pakistan “by Graham Hancock and co-authored by Muhammad Amin and Duncan Willets gives general idea of multi cultures in Pakistan including historical information and back ground to some tourist sites as well.The diversity makes our country a more interesting place to live as people from diverse cultures contribute language skills,New ways of thinking,New knowledge and different experiences.Cultural diversity supports the idea that every person can make a unique and positive contribution to the larger society.
Pakistan is a place where diversity is recognised and respected ,various cultural ideas are acknowledged and valued,contribution from all groups are encouraged,people are empowered to achieve their full potential and differences are celebrated. Pakistani truck art is not the only world famous example of its craftsmanship.
Passed down through generations,Pakistani craft includes a plethora of styles,material and aesthetics.calligraphy in Arabic is one of the most prominant skills found in many local buildings , sites and wall hangings like copper work ,paintings and carved wood.Pottery,especially blue pottry,typical of Sindh and Multan is loved all over the world for its look.
Naqashi or the art making of camel skin lamps is another example of local craft.
Pakistan also derives in tourism as places like Swat,Hunza Thatta, Mohenjidaro and Lahore hold a lot of historical information and needless beauty.Pakistan is a virtual heaven for many cultures and ethnicities from Eids to Christmas,Ashura to Eid Milad ul Nabi, Ramazan to Easter,Basant to Holi, all religious/ cultural events are held in an atmosphere of social harmony.
Pakistani Government should plan a short ,medium and long term policies for projection of Pakistan culture diversity .In this regard ,there is a pressing need to engage domestic print and electronic media for proliferation and projection of the beautiful attractions of the country. Government should also offer its full support to international travel V-loggers,photo artists and journalists to come and work freely through offering easy visa schemes followed by facilitation at home ground.