First painting exhibition

ABU DHABI — Around 90 paintings representing a host of human civilisations and intangible cultural heritage around the world are being displayed at the first ever-exhibition as part of activities of the 17th Abu Dhabi International Book Fair.

By Atef Hanafi

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Published: Tue 3 Apr 2007, 8:53 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 1:35 AM

The Human Cultural Heritage Exhibition is being held parallel with the First Regional Meeting of the Arab States parties to the the convention for safeguarding the intangible heritage.

India is participating in the exhibition with two traditional works — Kudiyattam Sanskrit Theatre, one of India’s ancient art based on sign language, body movements and eye expressions. The second work is the tradition of Veda chanting which features recitation of poetry. Vedas is considered the essence of Hinduism containing poetry, philosophy and myths.

Belgium and France are displaying the Processional Giants and Dragons — a collection of works portraying nine-metre long and weighing 350 kg.

From Bangladesh, there is the painting of roaming musicians (The Baul). Egypt is displaying the Hilali Memoirs while Cambodia is showcasing the Sbek Thom Khmer Shadow Theatre.

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