By Suleman Hashim
Outstanding performances by artists and sculpture display by local students received huge appreciation from attendees in Gwadar Book Festival, organized by RCDC.
Gawadar book festival offered a diverse line-up of events ranging from sand art to Urdu-Balochi poetic symposium to painting exhibition, highlighting the beauty and problems of Gwadar city.
Artists from Pasni performed a stage drama on the topic of “unemployment” directed by Zubair Baloch and Bahar Ali Gohar. The drama also drew an attention of audience towards grave issues of Gwadar like shortage of drinking water, lack of education & health facilities.
A scene from drama stunned the audience when the hotel offered everything but the water. Hotel owner asked his staff to tell the people to bring their own bottles of water because Gwadar dam has dried.
Imagining Gwadar as Dubai and Singapore, a foreign tourist astounded by witnessing the actual Gawadar city while visiting it, surrounded by problems & left in the backwaters.
Urdu-Balochi poetic symposium (Mushaira) was another highlight of the day in which various poets of Urdu and Balochi spread the message of love, peace and harmony. The event drew a huge attention of local community as well as people of neighboring cities.
About Author: Suleman Hashim is associated with PakVoices as a citizen journalist.
Translated by Muhammad Arsalan