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Published on 13 Mar 2012 | over 4 years ago

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Khyber News Television Peshawar Center.
Memories of village life were relived as students and teachers of the Computer Science Department, University of Peshawar, celebrated 'Kaliwal Day' (villagers day) here Thursday.

Everything was decorated in rural style and almost everyone was attired in traditional dress to mark the day.

The idea was to promote Pashtun rural life and provide some respite to students belonging to places in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the tribal areas that have suffered from militancy and natural disasters. It was a pleasant change from the tension that is part of the busy life of students.

Arranged by the computer science department university of peshawar, the students,teachers and other anddepartments of the university actively participated in the event.

Every student, whether male or female, was dressed beautifully in typical traditional clothes of their respective areas. Some of the students were dressed in plain shalwar-kameez with Peshawari chappal, others were wearing turbans or Chitrali caps.

Wearing rural make-up, the girls too were dressed in ghagras and other local dresses.

The hujra, or male guesthouse, an essential part of village life and tastefully decorated, was a major attraction. Everything that can be found in a typical hujra was made available. Pictures, chillum or hubble-bubble, music instruments such as rabab and sitaar, pistol-covers and other cultural items were on display.

A Kaliwal Majlis, or rural gathering, was arranged in the hujra where the students demonstrated their hidden talent like professional artistes. Skits, songs and Pashto anthems were presented. Some of the students performed the traditional folk dance Attan.

The smiling faces of those participating in the event were a source of encouragement for the organizers.

The organisers felt that the programme would help revive and promote the rich but neglected Pashto culture.

"This is a great event. The department should arrange more such event.
Some of the students were, however, critical of the programme, which they termed as wastage of time and resources.

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