Street art competition in Lahore celebrated Punjabi Folklore

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A street art competition was held on 10th March 2019. In which many young artist participated and decorated walls with beautiful paintings. The painters from all over lahore participated and painted the walls of Behkewal mor Lahore.

However few paintings got a lot of attention because of their themes. One of the artist group named Team DILAAAB depicted an indigenous folk lore through their paintings.

One of the team member told that they extracted theme from the folk tale of Sohni Mahiwal. While telling she explained the whole tale and how it is portrayed on the wall.

She told many years ago HAZRAT SHAH ABDUL LATIF BHATTAI wrote 30 Surs. Sur means a musical melody. Shah Jo Risalo briefed every aspect of life in his poems.

“We chose one Sur (SUR SOHNI), a beautiful cultural love story with a lot of sacrifices and obstacles ahead. It is among the four tragic romances of Punjab.”

She further explained “Shah Jo Risalo brifes about the rules of love and life in this poem.    Sohni Mahiwal is a tragic love story which inverts the classical motif of Hero and Leander. The heroine Sohni, unhappily married to a man she despises, swims every night across the river using an earthenware pot to keep afloat in the water, to where her beloved Mahiwal herds buffaloes. One night her sister-in-law replaces the earthenware pot with a vessel of unbaked clay, which dissolves in water and she dies in the whirling waves of the river.The whole chapter (Sur Sohni) is merely an extension of this dreadful and yet hoped-for moment when the vessel of her body breaks and she, faithful to her pre-eternal love-covenant with Mahiwal,will be forever united through death.”

Such activities not only proved to be exposure of our young artists but also celebrates our own culture.

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