Punjab to formulate cultural policy
Punjab Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur today stressed the need for preserving and promoting rich cultural heritage of the state by taking certain strategic decisions "involving various renowned Punjab related intellectuals, writers and artistes from across the country and abroad.
Presiding over a high level meeting of the officers of the department and renowned artistes of Punjab, Mr Phillaur said that the Punjab Government had already chalked out extensive plan to formulate a Cultural Policy aiming at curbing the practice of piracy of Punjabi music by making and enforcing the related law.
He regretted that vulgar words/lyrics used in various latest songs by some particular singers these days and also the obscenity in the video content of Punjabi songs and movies was diverting the mind and actions of youth from the basic ethos of Punjab.
"The real Punjabi culture lies in the folk songs, folk instruments, drama, literature and the rich heritage of Punjab," said Mr Phillaur.
A censor board for screening the content shown in videos and the lyrics would be set up so that only the censored content reached the public, said Mr. Phillour As a step towards checking the audio-video piracy, the Minister said that Punjab government would strengthen the already constituted state level anti piracy cell headed by IGP/Crime for ensuring proper coordination and the multi-pronged action against Audio/Video Piracy.