By Md. Kamruzzaman
Dhaka, Bangladesh: The High Commission of Pakistan in Dhaka organized an exhibition on arts, crafts and cuisine as well as books on Pakistan at Pakistan House, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Aiming to showcase Pakistan’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, the event was part of Pakistan’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. It was attended by a large number of artists, academics, art lovers, members of civil society, representatives of the diplomatic corps, the Pakistani diaspora in Bangladesh and local journalists.
Pakistan’s High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Imran Ahmed Siddiqui opened the exhibition and remarked that Pakistan has a rich and diverse cultural heritage. Young Pakistani artists are enriching ancient traditions with their innovative arts and crafts blending ancient and modern techniques.
The exhibits included 40 pieces of Arabic calligraphy by renowned Pakistani calligraphers, including the chief calligrapher of the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina Munawwarah Ustad Shafiq uz Zamman, landscape paintings, replica sculptures representative of the valley civilization of the ‘Indus and Gandhara’ and over 50 books highlighting the history, culture heritage, diverse cuisines, tourist attractions, scenic beauty and birds of Pakistan.
The High Commissioner introduced all participants to the Bengali version of the calligraphy booklet which included artworks from renowned calligraphers of Pakistan including the Chief Calligrapher of the Prophet’s Mosque (PBUD).
The exhibition was attended by traditional Pakistani cuisine.
Attendees enjoyed the event and greatly admired the work of Pakistani artists on display. They called for closer ties between the two states to jointly promote the arts and crafts of the two countries.