4th Sarghoda Literary Festival 2021 continue in full swing



Sargodha:  The second day of the fourth Sargodha Literary Festival featuring online art exhibition and intellectual talks is in full swings here at Sargodha University (SU).

The day commenced with the artist talk on ‘Art and Liberation’ moderated by the renowned photographer and graphic designer, Ayesha Bilal, while, esteemed artists from across Pakistan including, Dr Ahmad Bilal, Shahnawaz Zaidi, R.M Naeem, Asrar Hussain Chisti and Nirmal Bano participated as panelists through ‘Zoom’. The participants interpreted ‘Art as a medium to express, invent and comprehend.’

The artists highlighted the importance of artwork as a reflection of society and a source of inspiration for communication, character building and cultural archives while promoting peace, love, tolerance and compassion among all human beings irrespective of the prejudices of caste or class systems prevalent in our society.

The virtual painting exhibition on the theme of ‘Art and Liberation’ mesmerized the audience through the artworks of more than 50 artists from across Punjab showcased in Zubeida Agha Art Gallery at Sargodha University. The artists exhibited their ideas on various aspects of life under the shadow of liberation through oil-on-canvas, watercolour, acrylic paints, poster colours, sculptures, and photography.

Another Punjabi session on ‘Freedom of Expression in Folk Literature’ was honoured by the eminent historians of Punjabi Dr Saeed Bhutta, Faisal Jappa and Zaheer Watoo. The discussion was made on reimagining the traditions and culture of the past to understand the present. The panelists expressed that the freedom of expression particularly in folk literature helps to get rid of evils in society. No social evils can be eliminated until and unless people are given the power to speak up against malpractices, they added.

A discussion on future prospects of the digital world was discussed during the session on ‘Future of Social Media’ that was moderated by the social media activist Sabookh Syed with two award-winning senior journalists Azaz Syed and Ambar Shamsi as experts. The overwhelming message was that the pervasiveness of social media has allowed the audience to access any news anytime from any social media platform. Moreover, a strong name and long heritage of mainstream news media organizations are no longer considered powerful enough to set the agenda.

The three-day, SLF 21 will conclude on Friday (Today) with a special session on ‘Celebrating the 70 years of Pak-China Relations’ in which H.E. Nong Rong, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China will share his thoughts about the topic.