Artists display art from the Mughal era

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ISLAMABAD:

A seminar was held on Wednesday at the Pakistan National Arts Council (PNCA) in collaboration with Nomad Art Gallery, where traditional and contemporary miniature art was presented along with a talk on its origin and history.

Najam Kazmi, an established miniature artist, also demonstrated his artistic skills. Likewise, five other contemporary artists including Areej Nasir, Iman Pirzada, Khurram Abbass and Tauqeer Hilbi also demonstrated their skills for amateur artists and students from various educational institutions in the federal capital.

During the event, participants also made several drawings using a demonstration by Najam Kazmi. This seminar was part of ongoing week-long activities to celebrate Pakistan’s cultural diversity and create social harmony through gentle expressions of art. Activities included a group art exhibit, performance, workshops, storytelling and a seminar by various artists on the theme of “Diversity and Social Harmony” featuring traditional and contemporary arts.

Najam Kazmi has been working as a miniature, contemporary and traditional artist since 1989 to date. He was awarded the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rawalpindi Art Council. He has exhibited his work in many countries including Pakistan, Turkey, Iran, Algeria, Sri Lanka, India and the Gulf.

The Mughal style of miniature painting was responsible for the fusion of indigenous themes and styles with later Persian and European themes and styles. The arts of this period reflect a synthesis of foreign influences and native flavors, said Nomad director Nageen Hyat. Pakistani art has a long tradition and history and Pakistani artists are very talented, she added.

She said it consists of a variety of art forms, including painting, sculpture, miniature, calligraphy, pottery and textile arts.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 17e2022.

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