Culture

An anthropologist, Samar continues to document the dying cultural heritage of Pakistan through print and electronic media.

As a consultant on various development projects, she has helped re-introduce folk music, traditional dances, endangered crafts, truck art, and other forms of tangible and intangible cultural heritage of Pakistan.

With an MPhil in Anthropology, one of her areas of research was, ‘Music and Musicians of Sirikot, Khyber Pukhtunkhwa’. The aim of the research was to highlight the rich repertoire of folk music and the perception of the villagers towards music and musicians’.

With Unesco, Samar has been able to document the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of Pakistan. The documentaries made by her are now part of a unique educational kit that is being disseminated in schools in different parts of Pakistan. The aim of the educational kit is to educate and empower the younger generation to own their rich culture and heritage.

Samar’s work on folk music, crafts and rituals has been published in leading news papers, magazines and aired on television channels.

Her piece written on ‘Chael’ has been published in ‘The Crafts Traditions of Pakistan’ by Noor Jehan Bilgrami.

Her photographic work on Pukhtun Women and Traditions was also exhibited at the University of Cambridge in 1998.