Art beyond borders: Gallery 6 takes Pakistani artists to India

Published: February 10, 2013

The exhibition aims at strengthening ties between the two countries. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

The exhibition aims at strengthening ties between the two countries. PHOTO: PUBLICITY
The exhibition aims at strengthening ties between the two countries. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

A group of 17 Pakistani artists showcased their work in Mumbai alongside four leading Indian artists, in an exhibition organised by Gallery 6 which opened on Wednesday at the spacious gallery of PL Deshpande Maharashtra Kala Academy.

Being the first collaborative exhibition with any country, Gallery 6 aims to make it memorable. The show has been organised in partnership with an independent organisation International Creative Art Center (ICAC) in Mumbai is being led by Ravindra Mardia, a former industrialist who has now focused his attention towards the promotion of art.

ICAC excels in showcasing the work of artists belonging to various age groups and genre and has been consistently supported and encouraged by the senior Indian artists in doing so.

The Pakistani artists which taking part in the exhibition are Abid Hasan, Abrar Ahmed, Akram Spaul, Aqeel Solangi, Arjumand Faisel, Hajra Mansoor, Irfan Gul Dahri, Mussarrat Nahid Imam, Masood A Khan, Mughees Riaz, Mudassar Manzoor, Mutaib Shah, Mansoor Rahi, Omar Farid, RM Naeem, Sana Arjumand and Wahab Jaffar. The Indian artists are Jatin Das, Lalita Lazmi, Vinay Sharma and Vinod Sharma.

Gallery 6, which was established in March 2008, is the largest private art gallery in Islamabad, showcasing a large collection of paintings, prints and sculptures by established and amateur artists.

Pakistan and India, which have many common cultural grounds, have been exchanging artists belonging to different fields of art. Being Gallery 6’s first exhibition in collaboration with any other country, this exchange is aimed at strengthening ties between the two countries. The exhibition ends on Monday.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 11th, 2013.            

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Dharamveer
    Feb 10, 2013 - 9:26PM

    Isn’t Painting Haram in Quran?

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  • Feb 10, 2013 - 10:11PM

    i don’t understand why only india takes such initiatives…our relationship is pretty one sided..why always india has to care about?

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  • RH
    Feb 10, 2013 - 11:21PM

    @Dharamveer: No it isn’t. Can’t tell if you are genuinely asking or just being provocative. Peace.

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  • emory
    Feb 11, 2013 - 4:40AM

    @Viv

    ofcourse the onus is on India since it claim to be secular unlike pakistan besides pakistan needs the large Indian market and exposure.

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  • gp65
    Feb 11, 2013 - 9:06AM

    “Pakistan and India, which have many common cultural grounds, have been exchanging artists belonging to different fields of art”

    The direction of exchange seems pretty one sided. I do not have a problem. IF people in India can see the best of PAkistani art sitting i India, their experiences are enriched.

    @emory: “ofcourse the onus is on India since it claim to be secular unlike pakistan “

    As mentioned earlier, I welcome such an exhibition, however, your sense of entitlement is annoying. India does not OWE Pakistan anything. Secularism has nothing to do with foreign policy. It only concerns citizens of own country.

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  • Imran
    Feb 11, 2013 - 3:45PM

    Good effort, if taken positively on both sides, can make a difference…

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  • Dharamveer
    Feb 11, 2013 - 7:34PM

    @RH:
    I am just asking as I have seen Dr. Jakir Naik saying it on Peace TV. He also mentioned a heditha (I don’t know what exactly is the word).

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