Keeping in view their impact and popular appeal, the KSS has now resolved to take these melas to distant and underprivileged areas as well. Consequently, the second falakayati mela was held on the 9th of March at Government High School Number 1, Phoolnagar. Phoolnagar is the new name of Bhai Pheru, located about 50km on Multan Road, southwards from Lahore. The school has an outstanding history of producing excellent results in Board examinations. The headmaster proudly claims the fifty year old traditions of the school which currently has 1500 students and 50 teachers. Demographically, the area belongs to a deprived economic setting and most students come from poor and oppressed families where the parents cherish in their hearts, the lasting dreams of their children aspiring for strong and respectable careers.
Read the full article here. Below are some pictures from their Falakayati Melas and also from a lecture at the Government school in Phool Nagar (Qasoor):
(Pic above) Packed house at an astronomy lecture at the Government High School in Phool Nagar.
(Pic above) No no. Not looking for drones. I think they are gazing a bit further out - about 400 light years - and checking the progress of young stars in Pleiades.
Umair Asim being attacked by a mob of men, women and kids for not finding Saturn quickly enough (above left) - then having to explain the origins of Saturn's rings (above right). (please note that I actually don't know what they were actually looking at - but from the interest alone I am guessing it was Saturn :) )
(above) Khwarizmi Science Society under the arm of Sabieh Anwar.