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Faces of Kalasha a photo exhibition by UNESCO and Norwegian Embassy to highlight the Kalasha culture.

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ISLAMABAD, Sept 27 (IN): “Faces of Kalash”, a photographic show featuring glimpses of life and cultural heritage of Kalash valley was put on display here Tuesday.

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The event was jointly organized by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Norwegian Embassy at Satrang Art Gallery to showcase the photographs captured in 1929 by Georg Morgrnstierne, a Norwegian linguistics professor who visited the region and documented the culture of Kalash extensively.

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UNESCO representative to Pakistan, Vibeke Jensen highlighted the urgent need for safeguarding the unique culture of the Kalash people.

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Ambassador of Norwegian Embassy, Torr Nedrebo commended UNESCO’s efforts to support the exhibition and highlighted the achievements of the photographer who captured and documented the life of Kalash people.

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Secretary to National History and Literary Division Secretary Mohsin Haqqani also spoke on the occasion. He emphasis to preserve the unique culture of Kalasha  people. Joint secretary Mr. Mashood Ahmad Mirza was also present on the occasion. The honourable secretary said that by next year the concern ministry will be submitting dossier for the inscription of Kalasha culture on world heritage list as per 2003 convention for safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage.

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Representing Kalasha community Mr. Luke Rehmat highlighted the Kalasha culture, festivals, history and issues of Kalasha peoples. He urged government and international community to come forward to take serious step to protect Kalasha culture. He asked government to prepare some good steps and also emphasis to provide legal protections and submission of dossier to UNESCO as earlier possible.

BBC Urdu live coverage of the exhibition
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Youhana Kalash, Parwana Jan Kalash and Rumi Khan Kalash were also participated the exhibition.

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The photo exhibition will continue for a week . People can visit the venue at Sereena hotel (Satrang Art Gallery)

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