News ID: 188116
Published: 0637 GMT February 21, 2017

Persian art, craft showcased at Lahore gallery

Persian art, craft showcased at Lahore gallery

An exhibition of Iranian handicraft and miniature painting was held at Lahore's Zahoorul Akhlaq Gallery in the National College of Arts (NCA).

The event was inaugurated by NCA Principal Murtaza Jafri and Akbar Barkhordari, the head of Iranian Cultural Center in Pakistan's Lahore, The Nation reported.

Students and visitors thronged the exhibition and showed interest in the meticulously executed and detailed paintings.

The Persian Empire was one of the oldest civilizations in the world and it has left an indelible mark on the world in the realm of art, architecture, literature, food and culture. The history of the world is incomplete without mention of Persia and neither Europe nor Asia can deny the fact that it was one of the oldest empires of the world.

On Monday, Jafri said that the arts of Iran has its roots in the culture and customs of its people and their instinctive feelings. "The taste and talent of these people can be seen through the designs of their painting which is displayed today. Many works at the exhibition had been sold out.

"Elaborating on the history of Iran-Pakistan friendship, he said that the historical and cultural ties of both countries go back in time and have always been very strong."

Nosrat Arab, an Iranian teacher, said that Iran has one of the richest art heritages in world history and has been strong in many media including architecture, painting, weaving, pottery, calligraphy, metalworking and sculpture. This, he noted, is all due to the efforts of the students and their hard work.

"The purpose of this exhibition is to promote Persian art because people are unaware of it and it is a step forward to cementing Pak Iran friendship," she said.

Shazia Gil, whose work was showcased at the exhibition said that her art was deeply inspired by Sufism and the whirling dervishes at (Jalaluddin) Rumi's mausoleum.

Art critic Quddus Mirza said that Iran has offered a particularly unique art to the world and this exhibition is organized to showcase how traditional art is kept there.

"Although there is an older Persian tradition of wall-painting, the survival rate and state of preservation of miniatures is better, and miniatures are much the best-known form of Persian painting in the West and Turkish museums," Quddus said.


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