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Fine Art of Clay Pottery

Monday, September 8, 2014

Clay and clay products are some of the oldest tools human started making at the dawn of civilization. Clay products (pottery, toys and utensils) are still sought after. Now people make things with clay using appropriate technologies and innovation in addition to old traditions and cultural perceptions. Thanks to Monika Kupller and her countless workshops, at Thatta Kedona, clay pottery is at the best.

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Books About Women in Pakistan

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Career Woman in Pakistan-Chancen and Scope in Professional Life in an Islamic Society by Khanum Gauhar Ajaz

The Eternal Message: The Elucidation of Islamic Philosophy, Life and Spiritualism by Anese Majid Khan

Rani from Thatta Ghulamka Dhiroka – A Love Story by Ulrike Vestring

Thatta Kedona, The Village of Toys by Ulrike Vestring

A Village in Southern Punjab by Ulrike Vestring

Thatta Kedona-Village Toys from Pakistan by Senta Siller {48 p., ISBN 3-922878-85-4, ã 1994, DGFK (German Society for the Advancement of Culture), Berlin in Cooperation with Anjuman-e-Falah-e-Aama, Thatta Ghulamka Dhiroka and SPARC (Society for the Promotion of Art and Culture), Lahore}

50 Jahre Pakistan, 1947 – 1997, Special Issue by The President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Prof Dr Roman Herzog, The Federal Minister Foreign Affairs of Germany, Dr Klaus Kinkel, H.E. Gul Haneef, Ambassador of Pakistan in the Federal Republic of Germany, President of the German-Pakistan Forum, Dr Christian Ruck (MdB), introduction by Dr M. Saeed Chaudhry, Vice President German-Pakistan Forum, and articles by Dr. Christian Wagner, Dr. Klaus Klennert, Lt.Gen.(Retd.) M. Assad Durrani, Admiral (Retd.) Iftikhar Ahmad Sirohey, General Alain Lamballe, Prof. Dr. Annemarie Schimmel, Dr. Juergen Frembgen-Javed Jabbar, Dr. Senta Siller, Prof. Dr. Norbert Pintsch and Prof. Dr. Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema} [174 p. ISBN 3 – 922 878 – 31 - 8, ã 1998, DPF (Deutsch-Pakistanisches Forum), Bonn in cooperation with DGFK (German Society for the Advancement of Culture), Berlin

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German Connections - Goethe and Iqbal in Today's Scenario

Thursday, August 14, 2014
The Pakistan-German Friendship Society “Goethe-Zentrum” in association with Iqbal-Academy, Lahore and Institute of Communication Studies, Punjab University is organizing “International Conference DIALOGUE versus CONFLICT” - GOETHE and IQBAL in Today’s Scenario - on Nov 30-Dec 1, 2006 at The Aiwan-e-Iqbal, Lahore.

The idea of this conference and its connection to the great thinkers and philosophers Allama Muhammad Iqbal (1877-1938) and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) is not hard to see. A connection between Goethe’s message of friendship and respect to the East in his “West-Östlicher-Divan (West-Eastern-Divan)” and Iqbal’s “Mard-e-Momin”, who, while being a devoted Muslim, is required to gain knowledge from West and from East. By stressing upon character building among Muslims, Iqbal preached the ways of dialogue and peaceful co-existence of cultures instead of conflict. 

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Celebrating the Rich Culture

Saturday, December 7, 2013
Organised annually, at the start of the winter season in the federal capital by the Ministry of Culture and Lok Virsa, the Lok Virsa Festival provides an opportunity to local and foreign visitors to savour the cultural diversity of Pakistan in all its colourful splendour.

The event is also an endeavour for creating in Pakistanis an understanding and appreciation for cultures and communities that exist in other regions of the country. In this way, this cultural gala also plays a role in forging and fostering national harmony and integration.


Marked by verve and zest, with folk artists and artisans dressed in gay, multi-hued attires, dancers swaying to traditional tunes, musicians singing traditional songs, craftsmen creating and displaying their traditional arts and crafts, one experiences a highly palpable excitement upon visiting the festival. And then there is the rural cuisine which is also a part of this colourful fair.
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Why Travel

Friday, November 15, 2013
Strong travel movements characterize our times. The infrastructure, good connections by land, water and air make travel easy and suggest that everything is easily available everywhere. The values of the traditional culture however are increasingly forgotten in this scenario, although it is these values, which give the city dweller – the local one as well as foreigners a new outlook and possibilities to show off people and places. Which is why it is recomded tha conveniences of city life be transfered to villages.

Tourists, visitors an travelers, for example to the Punjabi village Thatta Ghulamka Dhiroka are best recommended to leave back their city ideas and thereby become more open for understanding the rural life and its rich, traditional culture. If the come with urban attitudes, the visitors will start pitying the village dwellers for the deficient possibilities. Currently the villagers there do not need gymnastic studios like the city dwellers, the dusty path from one village to another is sufficient for walking practice instead of taking rounds in an oval stadium, and so on.

The so-called conveniences of city life must be financed. The drainage water must be disposed of somewhere, cultural and other institutions must be filled with life.

While making a journey to a village, one should leave behind expectations of necessities of life, like multiple course meals, air-conditioned rooms, luxurious bathrooms, swimming pools, the list goes on because with such fixed ideas one cannot learn anything about the culture in the rural areas.

We have already reported on the tragedy of the traditional culture, -- the absence of assessment possibilities of the economic impact only when the traditional values do not exist any more. Do we give them the due value which is at that point of time is probably too late?

An eventual help here is the reference to the increasing environmental sensitivities in populations in industrialized countries. The protection of the nature, the earth, the water is a luxury, which must be financed very expensively, with the side effect that one is not able to compete with countries that overexploit their resources.

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