Karachi: Sindh’s Culture and Tourism Mininster, Ms Sharmila Faruqui, on Monday laid foundation stone of Cultural Village of Sindh and conservation, consolidation, shifting and preservation of stone carving of Badshahi mosque Thatta at National Museum of Pakistan.
The ceremony witnessed of dozens of people, including students and women also. Talking to media, Faruqui said that the main objective of the scheme is to promote cultural village life of Sindh to the people who are living in metropolitan city, especially to children and new generation. Further this scheme aims to introduce the village life of people of Sindh on national and international level through establishment of a bazaar, food court, huts, Otaq, music court, craft shops i.e textile; wood craft, traditional jewelry etc in the premises of the national museum of Pakistan.
She lauded that the establishment of Sindhi village with all indigenous material, style and structure in museum will enhance the sector objectives of the government and furthermore the visitors may view and experience the daily life of peoples, working environment, their crafts culture and games in a one place established in open space with diorama.
She informed that the scheme is approved by government of Sindh in February 2015, with an amounting to Rs. 31,344 million. The village is designed on 10,000 square feet which will be completed by June 2016. The scheme will provide an open space, sitting area, food court with traditional style of Sindh.
She also said that that the Badshahi mosque was built in 1647, during the reign of Mughal period. It has been on the tentative UNESCO World Heritage list since 1993, the mosque is a unique style of Sindhian Architecture with 101 domes on its corridors and main prayer hall. In recent past the main arch of the mosque was repaired by government authorities and a calligraphic aayah of Holy Quran, carved on stone was replaced from the mosque to National Museum of Pakistan.
She deplored that stone carving was fixed iron girders, which was going in dilapidated condition day by day due to its placement within rough structure and us-aesthetical construction and shifting of original calligraphic art piece of blessing to its original shape and style as a main gate National Museum of Pakistan. This project will enhance the beauty of this heritage building and preservation of stone carving of Quranic calligraphic aayah will shower blessing on the citizen of this country.
She said that in this connection, 48,000 million are allocated by Government of Sindh to carry out the restoration works at National of Museum of Pakistan. The assets of the National Museum of Pakistan will be repaired, renovated, further, other artifacts will also be conserved and consolidated through this scheme i.e. lights, and garden rehabilitation, roof treatment, over head water tanks, lift machine and few other necessary restoration works will be completed.
On the occasion, she was briefed about the project on displayed map by Bashir Ahmed director Sindh Culture and Tourism Department, where Sharmila said some valuable suggestions to increase shops in bazaar at Sindh Culture Village.
She said the main object of establishing SCV is to promote talent of women and strengthening their financial condition as they will sell their own handicraft where no one will be middleman. She added this credit goes to PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari who organized Sindh Culture Festival.
Additional Secretary A Mahmood, Director Bashir Ahmed Brohi, Incharge of National Museum of Pakistan Mohammed Shah Hussain and others were also present at the ceremony.
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