Peshawar: The Three days Huner Mela

Peshawar: The Three days Huner Mela- Artisans at works comes to an end with the melodious voice of Sara Raza Khan, Pakistan National singer. The event which witnessed the biggest crowd ever for Peshawar was organized by the Tourism Corporation Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, at PIA Planetarium near Ghani Bagh Phase 2 Hayatabad.

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The visitors, including women, children and families enjoyed the traditional Hazara, Kalash Khattak, Mehsud, Attan, Chitrali, Gatka, Attan Ball and Bangash dances and the music performed by Hamayun Khan, Bakhtiyar Khan, Banu Rehmat and Sara Raza Khan which made the event colorful and attractive.(29)

The three days artisans at work festival included 50 stalls of traditional handicrafts and food. Among the stalls were: artisans from Chitral, Kohistan, Kalash, Bannu, Dir, Swat, Kohat, Peshawar, Mardan, Swabi and other regions have established stalls to display handicrafts, embroidery, Taghar work, Bannu Royal Khaadi, stone carving, Peshawari caps, wax painting, metal work, wood carving, artwork, calligraphy, ring making, sitar making, Chitrali Patti, (25)(30)Gandhara Art, Drooza chappal, Sarghashay, Charsadda chapal, maizaray work, Karawa work, Sarkha, Dandas, Parunay, pottery work, blacksmith work, Hazara Jisti Shawl and Moti work and a lot of other items. In food items, the stalls consisted of Ghatai Rojai, Saag and Jowar ki rotai, Painda, Chapal Kabab, Bar b Que, Mardan Pairai and other sweets of the region.(33)(36)

A separate pavilion was set up for the Kalash, which represented their unique culture and traditions. For many people it was the main attraction, stated Saima Ali, a visitor from Peshawar city who had come especially to Hayatabad to attend the event.(32)(21)

Depicting the culture of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a Hugra was also set, which included male sitting sipping green tea and narrating stories to the younger generations, stated Murad Khan another visitor who had come to the festival with his teenage children. He further remarked that “this is the first time the children witnessed a Hujra Culture and enjoyed it tremendously, apart from it being a big learning experience also for them.(20)(37)

The biggest highlight of the event was the fireworks which were for ten minutes and mesmerized the audiences a great deal.

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