December 21, 2018, LAHORE: The Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) on Friday held Sufi night “Bulleh Shah” at the newly-restored Royal Kitchen of the Lahore Fort to pay tribute to the Sufi Punjabi Poet Bulleh Shah, which was attended by hundreds of people from different walks of life.
The Royal Kitchen, built during the reign of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, was converted into a food godown and stable during the Sikh rule and later into a jail during the British colonial era. It remained a prison after Partition, but in 1988, the cells were removed and the building was abandoned.
With the passage of time, most parts of the historic structure collapsed and the remaining were covered in waist-high shrubs. In 2015, WCLA took up its conservation and was assisted by Aga Khan Trust for Culture Services Pakistan as a technical partner.
After successful restoration, WCLA revived the culture of storytelling at the site and another lost art of folklore and folktales was revived at the Royal Kitchen on Friday.
The participants of the Sufi night were given a guided tour of the illuminated Huzoori Bagh along with a rickshaw ride whereas Sayein Zahoor, Fazal Jutt, Wahab Shah and Ajoka Theatre performed at the historic site.
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