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Pakistani, Indian artists celebrate unity through creativity

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Dubai-based participating artists along with chief guests and their appreciation certificates.

Jamil Khan, Senior Reporter

Indian and Pakistani community celebrated their Independence Day recently. So to promote the unity and harmony and celebrate the Independence Days, 40 UAE-based artists — 20 from each countries, Pakistan and India — took part in an exhibition “Jashn-e-Azaadi” with their paintings under the theme of “Art Unite Us All” depicting various colours of culture, customs, religions, people and their lifestyles.

“The art is one of the main means of communication that can connect the world and it allows people from different cultures and different times to communicate with each other via images, sounds and stories,” said Shiba Khan, founder of the Funun Arts and organizer of the show said while talking to the media.

The exhibition will run till Aug.31, 2021 at Novotel Hotel, World Trade Center, Dubai.


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Shiba said that the Funun Arts took an initiative to bring everyone from different backgrounds and diverse culture together through art. Total 40 artists, 20 from India and 20 from Pakistan showcased their artwork depicting the culture, colours and tradition of the nation through their paintings and photographs.” 

“We can see the variety of work from abstract, modern, contemporary to photographs, each of them narrates a story, amazingly expressing through colors, textures and the eye of a camera. We experience the truck art of Pakistan, Buddha, Lord Krishna painting from India, colors of both nations, Islamic art and much more.

It is like enjoying the pure fusion of both countries. It’s is a unique concept where for the first time The Indian and Pakistani  artists are brought on one platform in order to spread the message of positivity and universal love,” she added.

Pakistan artist 1  Suhail Mohammad Al Zarooni with Dr Faisal Ikram, Dr Sana Sajan and Amjad Ali Khan pose for a photograph. 

The exhibition was inaugurated by Suhail Mohammad Al Zarooni, Chairman of Zarooni Group along with Dr Faisal Ikram, President of Pakistan Association Dubai, Dr Sana Sajan, Chairman of Danube Welfare Society, Amjad Ali Khan, Chairman Pakistan Professional Wing, Firoz Khan, Chairman of Indian Performance Arts, Faisal Abdul Qader and Ahmed Alawadhi, renowned Emirati artists. Suhail Mohammad Al Zarooni said “Arts overcome cultural and ethnic differences bringing people together.

Today this is a very beautiful evening where we can experience such variety of art around us. Vibrant and colorful environment gives energy and keeps the spirit high.”

Dr. Sans Sajan congratulates for the beautiful exhibition and said “the most important thing is perseverance and this is achieved by today’s exhibition. This type of platform is required to keep the creativity high and bring everyone together on one platform. No doubt Art is only the thing which can do it best.”

Pakistan artist 3  Suhail Mohammad Al Zarooni with Shiba Khan, organizer and guests at the exhibition.

Khan Ayaan Abdullah showcased his photograph of a boat carrying number of people portraying the huge diversity of India. He explained it by saying that these people from different backgrouds are travelling on one boat, so is in real life. We all share some or the other thing in common. Akbar Saheb, showcased the culture of India, Mujeeb Kehar’s painting ‘art is freedom’ depicts the unique picture of Mahtma Ghandhi and Mohammad Ali Jinnah. 

Somya  Rastogi, Afshan Quarishi, Mankush Shrivastav showcased the culture, tradition and folks of India with vibrant colors. Guests at the opening night congratulate the artists and experience the true culture and its richness through their artwork. Pari Sagar, Shushmita Dhruva, Sidhuja exhibited the paintings of various religion around India through their artworks. A group of Pakistani artists including Adila Baig, Sadia Fahad, Madiha Khan, Ishrat Ara Keyani exhibit various form of ‘Truck Art’ which is one of the famous art of Pakistan. The colors used in the paintings reflects the beauty and vibrancy of the rich art of the region. 

Some of the artists like Sheikh Safi, Rubab Zehra, Sahar Shadid, Mubashara Madni, Anam Sultana presented different styles of Islamic and calligraphic paintings. Artists including Amal Mirajkar, Sana Bano, Sabah Anees, Sapna Jain, Anjani Prakash Laitu, Anupa Bhambhany, Aparna Mohan, Nupur Jha, Ria Sharma exhibited their abstract form of paintings while Humaira Hussain, Farhat Gul, Yasmin Naeem, Soobika Fawad, Bilal Siddiqui, showcased contemporary art.

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