Bhit Shah to be made International Cultural City

Hyderabad: Sindh Minister for Culture Ms. Sassui Palijo has said that strategy was being devised to convert Bhit Shah into International Cultural City.

She said that planning has also been done to establish Institute of Research and Music Academy and an Art Gallery containing seven Surs (themes) of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai’s poetry at main National Highway to promote the message of great poet in effective manner.

This she observed while talking to the media at the shrine of great saint poet Hazrat Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai on the eve of his 269th 3-day Annual Urs Celebrations at Bhit Shah on Friday.

She said that the work on translating the Shah-Jo-Risalo into French, German, Spanish and other languages would be started in the year 2013 especially to promote Sufism, teaching of tolerance, love & affection among the nation and international communities.

She said that we can meet the present challenges of terrorism and confrontation only through the teaching and preaching of Sufism as revealed in the poetry of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai.

She said that the purpose of holding International Literary Conference on Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai was to project his message internationally. She said that the scholars from America, India, Iran, Germany, England, Canada and other countries are participating in this conference and to deliberate over the Shah-Jo-Kalam. She said that on this occasion 17 books published by her department would also be launched.

She said that translation of poetry of Faiz Ahmed Faiz into Sindhi language was in progress and the complete book in this regard would be launched in 2013.

She said that unique type art & handicraft was another cultural asset of this province as such an institute of ceramic (Kashi) would be established at Bhitshah while Cultural Complex would also be further strengthened.

While listing the schemes completed by her department at Bhit Shah, she said that her department has launched different schemes at Bhitshah which include beautification of Karar Lake, repair & renovation of Shah Latif Auditorium, Shah-Jo-Bagh, Excellence Centre, Bhit Shah Rest House and Shah Abdul Latif Museum where 6 new statutes comprising of six Surs (themes) of Shah-Jo-Kalam have been erected.

She informed that her department has decided to establish Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Chair at Qaid-e-Azam University Islamabad, Mirza Qaleech Baig Chair at Sindh University Jamshoro and Dr. N.A. Baloch Chair at Karachi University and added that work on these schemes was in progress.

Sindh assembly Speaker Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, MPA Farheen Mughal, Ameer Ali Shah Jamote, Secretary Culture Abdul Aziz Uqaili, DG Culture Manjhi Khan and other were present on the occasion.

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