2017-05-16 | Society

Peshawar Hunar Mela highlights local culture

By Shahbaz Butt

The three-day event showcased the work of local artists and featured traditional music and foods.


A girl watches her father try on a wool cap at the Peshawar Hunar Mela May 9. [Shahbaz Butt]
A girl watches her father try on a wool cap at the Peshawar Hunar Mela May 9. [Shahbaz Butt]
A girl watches her father try on a wool cap at the Peshawar Hunar Mela May 9. [Shahbaz Butt]

The three-day event showcased the work of local artists and featured traditional music and foods.

PESHAWAR -- The Tourism Corporation Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (TCKP) organised a three-day-long Hunar Mela to showcase the work of local artists and artisans in Peshawar.

The main purpose of the event, held May 7-9 at PIA Planetarium, was to highlight the skills of artists and to entertain local men, women and families, according to the organisers.

Peshawar residents and visitors from all over KP attended the event, enjoying performances of traditional songs and dances, local food, and displays of handicrafts, embroidery, metalwork, stone carving, wood carving, calligraphy, pottery and other items.

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A girl watches her father try on a wool cap at the Peshawar Hunar Mela May 9. [Shahbaz Butt]

    A girl watches her father try on a wool cap at the Peshawar Hunar Mela May 9. [Shahbaz Butt]

    A girl watches her father try on a wool cap at the Peshawar Hunar Mela May 9. [Shahbaz Butt]

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The Hunar Mela is shown at night May 9. [Shahbaz Butt]

    The Hunar Mela is shown at night May 9. [Shahbaz Butt]

    The Hunar Mela is shown at night May 9. [Shahbaz Butt]

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A female jeweller's hand is shown in close-up at the Hunar Mela May 9. [Shahbaz Butt]

    A female jeweller's hand is shown in close-up at the Hunar Mela May 9. [Shahbaz Butt]

    A female jeweller's hand is shown in close-up at the Hunar Mela May 9. [Shahbaz Butt]

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A musician accompanies himself on the rebab at the Hunar Mela May 9. [Shahbaz Butt]

    A musician accompanies himself on the rebab at the Hunar Mela May 9. [Shahbaz Butt]

    A musician accompanies himself on the rebab at the Hunar Mela May 9. [Shahbaz Butt]

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A woman crafts jewellery at the Hunar Mela May 9. [Shahbaz Butt]

    A woman crafts jewellery at the Hunar Mela May 9. [Shahbaz Butt]

    A woman crafts jewellery at the Hunar Mela May 9. [Shahbaz Butt]

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A tailor weaves clothing through a traditional loom at the Hunar Mela May 9. [Shahbaz Butt]

    A tailor weaves clothing through a traditional loom at the Hunar Mela May 9. [Shahbaz Butt]

    A tailor weaves clothing through a traditional loom at the Hunar Mela May 9. [Shahbaz Butt]

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A woman shops for toys at the Hunar Mela May 9. [Shahbaz Butt]

    A woman shops for toys at the Hunar Mela May 9. [Shahbaz Butt]

    A woman shops for toys at the Hunar Mela May 9. [Shahbaz Butt]

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A vendor prepares tea at the Hunar Mela May 9. [Shahbaz Butt]

    A vendor prepares tea at the Hunar Mela May 9. [Shahbaz Butt]

    A vendor prepares tea at the Hunar Mela May 9. [Shahbaz Butt]

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A woman in traditional Kalasha dress dances onstage May 9 at the Hunar Mela. [Shahbaz Butt]

    A woman in traditional Kalasha dress dances onstage May 9 at the Hunar Mela. [Shahbaz Butt]

    A woman in traditional Kalasha dress dances onstage May 9 at the Hunar Mela. [Shahbaz Butt]

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A woman participates in the archery competition at the Hunar Mela May 9. [Shahbaz Butt]

    A woman participates in the archery competition at the Hunar Mela May 9. [Shahbaz Butt]

    A woman participates in the archery competition at the Hunar Mela May 9. [Shahbaz Butt]

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A potter makes earthenware toys at the Hunar Mela May 9. [Shahbaz Butt]

    A potter makes earthenware toys at the Hunar Mela May 9. [Shahbaz Butt]

    A potter makes earthenware toys at the Hunar Mela May 9. [Shahbaz Butt]

Youth also took part in face painting and quiz, singing and cooking contests. They reveled in magic, juggling and puppet shows.

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