ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi on Saturday laid stress on promotion of arts and crafts through adequate preservation of the rich diversity of Pakistani culture and assured his support in this regard.
He was addressing inauguration ceremony of a painting exhibition by Jimmy Engineer, a renowned artist and calligrapher who is also known for his philanthropic efforts.
At the exhibition, titled ‘A tribute to the people of Pakistan – message of peace and harmony through art’ a total of one hundred pieces of painting were put on display.
Appreciating the work, the president said the artists are the most sensitive people who always feel the impacts of social issues by depicting them through reflection of their different moods.
“The exhibition indicates Jimmy’s passion for artistic expression on the canvass with miniature, abstract, landscape and other pieces of arts,” he said. He added that the artist had a collection of about 3,000 painting, 1,000 calligraphic works and many others.
The president observed that civilizations could only prosper by promoting arts, crafts and architecture and referred to the Islamic and the European Renaissance. He also noted that proper spaces for holding of such art exhibitions were not sufficient and laid tress on utilisation of available places to promote art.
He called the showcasing artist ‘a huge national treasure due to his patriotism and artistic expression’. He also assured that the Presidency is available for holding such exhibitions. The first lady, diplomats, renowned artists and students attended the exhibition.
Federal Minister for Education, National History and Heritage Division Shafqat Mahmood expressed his gratitude to Alvi for opening the doors of the Presidency for holding such events and cultural activities.
He also assured his support in projecting and preserving the rich diversity of the country’s culture by involving all the stakeholders. The Pakistan National Council of Arts Director General Syed Jamal Shah also paid tribute to the artist, saying he had devoted his entire life to his profession.
Jimmy Engineer also shared experiences of his life, social work and his journey through the art. APP