Cholistan Festival: It starts

The six-day Cholistan Festival got off to a colorful start yesterday, May 6th, 2008 at Al-Hamra, The Mall. The Lahore Arts Council (LAC) Assistant Director Zulfiqar said that LAC had organized the festival to promote artists of the desert areas.

Al-Hamra Art Council (AAC) has organised this festival in continuation of its annual activities related to highlight cultural values and festivities of the desert people. The festival will continue for a week with a series of performances in which artists, hailing from Cholistan desert, will show captivating artistic stints in the fields of drama, music, puppet show and folk dance.

Different stalls, enriched with typical Cholistani-cultural items ranging from dresses, silver-moulding jewelry, shawls, ivory-styled bright bangles, glossy clay studded with weeds and grass used as fodder of different animals, light footwear with classic designs to earthen-wares, are installed to make the modern-day city-bounded people of the provincial metropolis aware of the culture life of the Cholistani people.


The Lahorites, who are facing the brunt of the searing summer-season, will be welcomed by the richly-coloured clad folk dancers with riveting dhol beats on the grassy lawn of Al-hamara Art Council.

The word Cholistan is derived from “cholna”, which means moving. The CholCholistan Desertistanis have a semi-nomadic or an unsettled lifestyle, moving from one place to another in search of water and fodder for their animals. And this festival is meant to preserve their identity.

With only five days left, don’t forget to take your friends, family and children to Al-Hamra, so they can enjoy this wonderful, varicolored festival.
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Happy Cholistan Festival!


3 Comments so far

  1. cyrenity on May 8th, 2008 @ 2:19 pm

    Cholistan is a good place to visit.

  2. azface on May 9th, 2008 @ 3:13 pm


    Apologies in advance for going on a complete tangent but I am struggling to attain an author status on this forum.

    I just wanted to share an event I will be atending in London this Saturday. It’s call Pangea Day and its purpose is to bring people together through the power of film. Hundreds of people have opted to watch/ attend/ broadcast the live video feed globally. There is a big event planned in London with hundreds gathering at Somerset House to watch films made by ordinary people from around the world. I would be thrilled if one from Pakistan makes an appearance! In addition to the films, Bob Geldof, Christiane Amanpour and Daniel Pearl’s wife will be there to speak and support the event.

    You can read about the event and watch the trailer online here:

    No doubt I am looking forward to the event.

    However, I would love for Pakistanis to share in this experience if not physically then online. There will be a free online live feed tomorrow (Saturday May 10th). More information on how to view is on this link:

    I would be delighted to hear your views about the event over the coming few days. You can reach me on


  3. asifbiz on May 22nd, 2008 @ 1:32 pm

    here is another Mela happing in middle Thar Desert

    Check it out!

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