Mela Baba Bulleh Shah, 2014

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Sohail Abid  |  August 26, 2014

Pictures from Baba Bulleh Shah‘s death anniversary celebrations. Taken on the last day of the Urs—August 26, 2014—at his shrine in Kasur.

Bulleh Shah Urs 2014

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Bulleh Shah Death Anniversary Celebrations, 2014

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Sohail Abid  |  August 23, 2014

Bulleh Shah’s death anniversary (called ‘urs’ which literally means wedding or union with the beloved) will be celebrated on August 24-25-26 (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday) this year at his shrine in Kasur. Apart from the 3-day festival which attracts a large number of devotees to the shrine, there are two programs that we want to notify you about.

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Folk Punjab Fund for Punjabi Books

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Sohail Abid  |  July 21, 2014

Folk Punjab Fund for Punjabi Books is our program to support Punjabi writers and publishing industry. Using the fund, we will purchase a modest number of award-winning Punjabi books every year and distribute them using different channels so that they reach a wider audience.

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Love in the month of Harh

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Sohail Abid  |  July 12, 2014

Here in Lahore, we are, more than anything, waiting for the month of Harh to end and Sawan to begin. Counting days. Literally.

Anyway, since it’s still Harh, let us share a few lines from a Bulleh Shah poem about “love in the month of Harh”:

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Metaphysics of Punjabi Sufi Poetry

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Sohail Abid  |  June 22, 2014

Hast o Neest Hast-o-Neest Institute of Traditional Studies & Arts will be hosting a 2-day lecture series on Metaphysics of Punjabi Sufi Poetry by Dr. Shahzad Qaiser on June 26-27 in Lahore.

Hast-o-Neest is an initiative of Baytunur Trust for the research, study and promotion of traditional art, and culture. It aims to provide an introduction to and a greater understanding of traditional wisdom including sufi doctrine and method, traditional philosophy, metaphysics and cosmology, and allied arts as calligraphy and architecture.

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Babu Rajab Ali

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Sohail Abid  |  June 17, 2014

One of you recently sent me a video of a folk group singing Babu Rajab Ali’s long poem, titled Aqal da Baag. It’s like his review of Punjab — people, food, customs, professions, districts, and what not. He summed up everything he could think of that was happening in Punjab.

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A New Folk Punjab

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Sohail Abid  |  June 6, 2014

You may have noticed that our homepage looks a bit different. That’s because we are restructuring Folk Punjab from just being an archive of Punjabi folklore to becoming a hub of information about everything that’s happening in the Punjabi literary and research arenas.

Our homepage will now present news and updates from Punjabi literary world. It will also feature the research being done on Punjab’s history and folklore. We’ll try to keep you updated on Punjabi literary/cultural events as well.

So keep visiting, there will always be something new for you here.