LAHORE: Students presented Sajrak to Lahore High Court Bar Association Secretary Sabahat Rizvi, Saraikistan Democratic Party Chairperson Rana Faraz Noon, and all guests during the Saraiki Culture Day, celebrated inside the Punjab University.
On the occasion, the guest speakers expressed pleasure in celebrating the Saraiki Culture Day with the university students. They said that the Saraiki culture reflected in Sajrak – the blue ajrak – was not just only an attractive symbol of centuries-old civilization, but also a sign of hospitality.
Addressing the students, Sabahat Rizvi said that she was very much happy to receive Sajrak that is a symbol of pride and respect in Seraiki culture due to its long and rich history. “I am really very sorry that I couldn’t speak in Saraiki, but I assure you that I am learning this sweet language,” she said.
She thanked the hosts for arranging Jhoomar dance for her, saying she enjoyed a lot the performance of the traditional folkloric dance. “I am very much happy that students from other cultures also performed in Saraiki Jhoomar dance that is a symbol of peace, and promote peaceful coexistence.”
‘I am really very sorry that I couldn’t speak in Saraiki, but I assure you that I am learning this sweet language’
Sabahat Rizvi, who is first woman secretary of Lahore’s High Court Bar in 130 years of history, said that that she will work to make Bar Association more gender inclusive. She said that she attempted to change the culture of conscious and unconscious bias and trying to shatter the glass ceiling that still limits women in the legal system.
“Our cultural extravaganza is basically an explosion of colors, music, and dance that will transport visitors to the heart of Saraiki culture,” said Shifa Ullah Cheena, academic secretary of the Saraiki Student Council. “We tried to arrange cultural performances, including the energetic Jhoomar dance, accompanied by live music and poetry,” he said.
Setting up a literary stall, “we also tried to introduce Saraiki literature with our visitors,” he said, adding that the visitors showed interest in printable works of renowned Saraiki writers and poets. “I believe that celebration of Saraiki Cultural Day is a perfect opportunity for students, artists, and cultural enthusiasts to come together and celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the Saraiki people,” he said.